Thinking of going ketogenic? You’ll need extra salt.

Thinking of going ketogenic? You’ll need extra salt.

The ketogenic diet is growing in popularity these days, due to perceived benefits of weight loss, nutrient density and mental clarity. Commonly overlooked with this diet, however, is the resulting need for increased sodium consumption. As we have discussed many times before, the body’s hydration system operates on a ratio basis; not on a basis of absolute intake quantities. Thus, when it comes to something like blood pressure, the total amount of sodium you consume matters less than the amount of sodium relative to potassium. As SaltStick CEO Jonathan Toker, Ph.D. wrote about in a recent slowtwitch.com article, in attempts to lower blood pressure, it is often as effective to increase dietary potassium as it is to reduce sodium, because it is the balance that matters more. This same ratio-based lens is necessary when analyzing the effects of a ketogenic diet on the body. In this blog post, we discuss...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve probably been enjoying the steady rise in outdoor temperatures. Gone are the 100(+) inches of snow in Boston, as well as the single-digit temperatures most of us dealt with in January. In its place is lovely spring-time weather, meaning you no longer have to grit your teeth in order to get out the door and train. However, summer is around the corner, and with it … summer heat. It’s about to get hot. Very hot. And if it’s not hot, it will be humid, which still feels awful. (We’ll explain why in a second…) Just as running in sub-freezing temperatures takes a certain kind of toughness, running in the heat requires extra mental and physical stamina. It also requires a different approach to training and nutrition. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of hot: dry hot, in which humidity levels are at...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance

Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance

It’s week two of #30SaltyDays! This week, we are focusing on potassium, or K+ for those of you that still remember high school chemistry. Tweet this post to enter our FASTCHEW giveaway! "Feeling Fatigued? Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance: http://bit.ly/1SK0tyM via @SaltStick #30SaltyDays" This post is part of our #30SaltyDays summer campaign, in which we hope to educate YOU about the benefits and science behind electrolytes. Follow the campaign with the hashtag #30SaltyDays on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the SaltStick blog. We’re offering our brand new product, SaltStick FASTCHEWS, as a GIVEAWAY for participants. More information here: http://bit.ly/1Rz0avu. While most endurance athletes are aware of their need for potassium (raise your hand if you had a banana today…), you may not know why you need it. In this blog post, we’ll cover: How your body uses potassium to regulate blood pressure, nerve functioning and other important processes....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Why You're Craving Salt (And What To Do About It):

Why You're Craving Salt (And What To Do About It):

We’ve all been there: A craving for something strong. It’s not sugar -- sweet foods sound unappealing. No -- we want savory. We want feel-good comfort food. We want salt. As we explain in this blog post, a salt craving is your body’s way of telling you that you need salt. That’s a pretty basic observation, but someone can need salt for a variety of reasons, which require a variety of different solutions. As you’ll see, some are common (such as mild dehydration or excessive hydration) and some are severe (such as Addison’s disease). Make sure you correctly identify the problem and then you’ll be able to employ the correct solution. Let’s jump in!   Reason 1: You’re dehydrated or over-hydrated: Think back to the last time you went for a long run in the heat. When you finished, your face and body were coated in a thick, salty layer....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
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