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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.

Read our usage guides for all SaltStick products.

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

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

Recommended Products

SaltStick Fastchews 100ct Tart Orange bottle

SaltStick Fastchews

Tasty chewable electrolytes in 10ct zip-lock packets and 60ct bottles.

SaltStick Caps

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.

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SaltStick Elixalyte

Liquid electrolyte add-in available in 120 mL (4 fl oz) bottle.

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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