Do Electrolytes Help Prevent Cramps?

Do Electrolytes Help Prevent Cramps?

If you are an avid consumer of endurance media (like we are!) you have probably noticed the uptick in articles related to the science behind anti-cramping. Recently, many articles, including paid, native advertising placements in Triathlete Magazine and other articles in Outside Magazine, report new research into the link between cramping and neural activity. Arguing there is no association between hydration and cramping, the articles suggest that instead of electrolytes, the true cause of cramps is an interruption of “ion-channel receptors,” which control how electrical signals are transmitted between cells. “Some studies showed that drinking pickle juice or eating mustard helped prevent ,” writes Outside Magazine in a recent September article. “Pickle juice and mustard contain molecules called ion-channel activators, which trigger nerves in the digestive system. These activators are why spicy foods feel hot: they don’t burn you, but they trigger the same nerve response that occurs when you...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Join our 2021 Sweater Crew!

Join our 2021 Sweater Crew!

Calling all SaltStick lovers – NOW is your time to shine! Our 2021 Sweater Crew is growing, and we want to make sure you have the chance to apply! The Sweater Crew is our diverse team of athletes and ambassadors, inspired by our commitment to breaking a sweat. This tight-knit group is meant for people who love their sports, their communities, and SaltStick. SCROLL DOWN TO APPLY! Who are we looking for? We are looking to expand our roster of athletes and ambassadors who can take SaltStick to new heights. In addition to living in the US, the requirements are simple! ATHLETES - You love getting out there and working up a sweat in any sport COMMUNITY MEMBERS - You're happiest when with your people (in-person and online) SALTSTICK FANS - You love SaltStick! You don’t need to be an Olympic-level athlete to join the team (although that wouldn’t hurt!)....
SaltStick - Nov 20, 2020
The Warning Signs of Low Calcium Levels During Exercise

The Warning Signs of Low Calcium Levels During Exercise

When we sweat, we lose small amounts of minerals, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Collectively known as electrolytes, these minerals play important roles in our ability to perform physically, and to train at the top of our ability. This blog post details the effects of calcium on our training and racing. To learn more about the impact other electrolytes have on the body, check out our earlier blogs on sodium and potassium. What can trigger a calcium deficiency? We get calcium from our diet, and healthy sources include low-fat dairy, salmon, sardines and dark greens like kale, broccoli, swiss chard and bok choy. However, most adults do not meet the recommended daily intake of 1,000 mg, which over time can lead to chronic deficiency. Other common reasons for low calcium levels include: Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and low levels of Vitamin D are...
SaltStick - Jun 03, 2019
Here's Why Electrolytes Are Critical For Team Sport Athletes

Here's Why Electrolytes Are Critical For Team Sport Athletes

Many SaltStick customers participate in endurance sports and recognize that electrolyte-replacement is a key part of performance. Perhaps less known is that hydration is equally important to team sport athletes. Put simply, team sport athletes sweat a lot. The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study in 2005 that compared sweat rates of football players and runners. During exercise, the football players lost almost four times as much sweat as the runners. Some of this difference is due to body mass and conditioning; however, it is a reminder of the high sweat rates on the field or court. Dehydration significantly impacts performance, and even a two-percent drop in hydration levels can reduce output. Athletes looking to prevent this slowdown should take steps to maintain proper hydration levels -- which means replacing both lost water and electrolytes. In this blog post, we examine the scientific literature regarding electrolyte levels and...
SaltStick - Apr 27, 2017
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