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Why swimmers need electrolytes:

A common myth is that swimmers do not sweat because they are immersed in water, thereby removing the need for perspiration. However, this is not true, and it can deceive swimmers into believing they are not becoming dehydrated as they perform their workouts.

Swimming is an aerobic activity, which raises core temperature. Even though a lot of excess heat is conducted away from your body through the pool water, a rise in core temperature triggers your sweat glands to do what they are meant to do: release sweat, which is composed of water and electrolytes.

Five electrolytes in particular play a pivotal role in maintaining normal human muscle function: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. A shortage of any of these electrolytes will affect athletic performance through a range a subtle to serious side effects.

How SaltStick can help you improve your swimming:

What is lost in sweat should be replaced by your electrolyte capsules in a quantity and form which your body can absorb. SaltStick® Caps have been formulated to provide your body with a balanced electrolyte content in the suggested serving of 1 capsule per 30-60 minutes. Two SaltStick Caps in an hour equate to 430 mg sodium, 126 mg potassium, 22 mg magnesium, and 44 mg calcium per hour: The ideal ratio to keep you moving.

For complete usage guides of all SaltStick products, click here.

What other swimmers say about SaltStick products:

“The king of the hill for electrolytes, of course, is still SaltStick. SaltStick provides everything you need to stay fueled up and I seem to get an anti-hunger benefit from it too, that’s why I love this stuff. I’ve been using it almost exclusively to keep me going on longer runs for a while now and I really enjoy it. To use it in the swim bottles, I pop open 2 of the capsules and dump the powder into the bottle. it tastes very bitter, so to counter that I add a spoonful of sugar.” — John Flynn, blogger and long-distance swimmer. Read the full review here

Learn more about how SaltStick can help you improve your swimming by reading the following blog posts:

Recommended Products

SaltStick Fastchews

Tasty chewable electrolytes in 10ct rolls and 60ct bottles.

SaltStick Caps

Our classic electrolyte formula in 100ct, 30ct, and 3ct sizes.

SaltStick Caps Plus

SaltStick Caps PLUS

Essential electrolytes PLUS 30mg caffeine in 100ct and 3ct sizes.

Our Athletes

SaltStick is proud to sponsor top athletes in the fields of triathlon and swimming. We are inspired by our athletes and admire the hard work and time they have dedicated to achieving success. To learn more about how SaltStick helps each athlete, please click on the profiles below.

Brian Fleishmann Triathlete

Brian Fleischmann | US

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Brian has represented the U.S. in the 2007 Pan American Games, and multiple ITU and Ironman 70.3 World Championships, as well as more than 20 top-10 finishes.

Lauren Goss Triathlete

Lauren Goss | US

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Lauren competes in professional triathlon at the medium-distance level, and has earned multiple first-place finishes at this distance, including wins at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix and 70.3 Silverman.

Sam Hitch Athlete

Sam Hitch | US

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Sam Hitch is an endurance athlete who, in 2016, completed a 50-day, 3,906-mile triathlon across America, from Yorktown to San Francisco.

The SaltStick blog is a source for additional information about SaltStick products as it relates nutrition, training, athletic endeavors, and other healthy pursuits. Our “In Depth Article” section lists the blog posts we think are helpful to swimmers.

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In Depth Articles

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The performance-enhancing benefits of salt, explained

A new study suggests that athletes who consume enough salt can jump farther, react faster and recover more quickly than those who don’t.

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This Is Why Potassium Is So Important To Exercise Performance

Many physiological processes depend on certain electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. In this blog post, we delve into the importance of potassium to exercise performance.

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Six Reasons Why You Are Constantly Thirsty

High levels of thirst plague endurance athletes who commonly exercise in the heat and humidity for several hours a day. However, hydration can be a tricky thing, and it can sometimes seem as if your thirst never goes away – despite frequent urination.

Ultraman 2016: How SaltStick Helped Power the Winners to Victory

While most of us were happily enjoying the off season last weekend, a little more than 30 athletes and their crews traveled across the Big Island in Hawaii, by swim stroke, bike and foot, competing in the insanely-challenging Ultraman World Championships.

How to Hydrate for Long-Distance Swimming

It is commonly understood that water and electrolytes are essential for maintaining peak performance in endurance events. We know that you are dutifully grabbing your sports drinks and mixes during your run and bike sessions, but did you know hydration practices are also crucial to long distance swimming?

Life as a Professional: Get to Know SaltStick-Sponsored Athlete Drew Scott

Many athletes fall in love with triathlon because success is often directly correlated with hard work. SaltStick-sponsored athlete Drew Scott is no exception, and his triathlon story reminds athletes that in endurance sports, what matters is showing up and training hard.