This is what happens when your sodium levels are too low

This is what happens when your sodium levels are too low

When sodium levels are too low, the body responds with painful symptoms. But what exactly causes those nasty headaches, high levels of fatigue and painful muscular cramps? SaltStick is founded on the understanding that adequate sodium levels (along with other key electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium) are fundamental to endurance success. For an athlete to perform optimally, he or she will need to replace calories, water and electrolytes lost during exercise. Otherwise, the body will be forced to slow down. It is the “be forced to slow down” part of that last sentence that we cover in this week’s blog. Sodium is crucial to a wide swath of physiological processes, from muscle contraction to the management of blood pressure. Thus, an inadequate supply has equally far-reaching consequences. If levels fall outside the optimal range, the body mainly compensates by shifting water reserves around to avoid further sodium dilution....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

High-altitude training applies unique stress to the body. If you plan to spend time exercising at elevations above 5,000 feet (about 1,500 meters), you’ll need to take special precautions. Many elite endurance athletes spend some portion of their training calendar living at high altitude, in places such as Boulder, Colorado or Flagstaff, Arizona. Because the concentration of oxygen in the air is lower compared to sea level, the athlete’s body will undergo certain hormonal and cardiovascular changes that help transport oxygen more efficiently to the muscles. When the athlete returns to sea level, those adaptations are maintained for a few days to a few weeks, boosting athletic performance. Popular endurance events can occur at higher altitudes as well. The Western States 100, for instance, exceeds 8,700 feet (2,650 meters) in some places. Regardless of whether you are training or racing, if you plan to exercise at higher altitudes—elevation that exceeds...
SaltStick - Sep 06, 2019
SaltStick Continues to be an Industry Leader for Clean Products and Banned Substance Testing

SaltStick Continues to be an Industry Leader for Clean Products and Banned Substance Testing

In response to recent news stories about a female professional triathlete who tested positive for banned substances contained in an still-unnamed salt supplement, Toker Engineering, the makers of SaltStick products, has issued the following statement:"We emphatically confirm that the product containing ostarine was not a SaltStick product. Our products are built from clean, simple ingredients, and we do not rely on 'fillers' of any kind."SaltStick has been an industry leader for independent banned substance testing since our beginning in 2008, and we are strong advocates for drug-free sport. Moreover, we are proud of SaltStick’s spotless safety record, which is corroborated by thousands of athletes worldwide, many of whom are in various sporting body testing pools."SaltStick products are produced in USA cGMP facilities that are certified to produce banned-substance-free sports nutrition products. This means that NO banned substances are present on site in any capacity, at any time. Furthermore, as a...
SaltStick - May 19, 2019
Keto for beginners: Avoid the ‘keto flu’ with extra salt

Keto for beginners: Avoid the ‘keto flu’ with extra salt

Learn how proper electrolyte consumption can help prevent the “keto flu” and aid your dieting success. In recent years, the ketogenic diet has exploded in popularity, with adherents sharing stories of higher energy levels, successful weight loss and improved focus. Relying on an extreme restriction of carbohydrates and proteins, the diet promises to train the body to utilize ketones for fuel, as opposed to glucose, which many believe is prone to causing mood swings and hunger cravings. Whether the ketogenic diet is right for you will come down to your individual preferences and experience. If you decide to take the plunge, however, you will quickly discover that mineral consumption is a key element of your success. Anyone who has researched the diet likely knows about the “keto flu”—a two-to-three-week adaptation period that features low energy, brain fog, sore joints and headaches. Some dieters say they feel as if they have...
SaltStick - Feb 11, 2019
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