Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

Many elite endurance athletes spend some portion of their training calendar living in high-altitude cities such as Boulder, Colorado, or Flagstaff, Arizona, to acclimate their bodies for a high-altitude event (such as the Western States 100, for example, which exceeds 8,700 feet or 2,650 meters in some places) or to improve performance when they compete back at sea level. The concentration of oxygen in the air at high altitude is lower than at sea level, and in response, the body acquires more red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles. When the athlete returns to sea level, the additional oxygen available in the blood cells will give a boost to the muscles and to the athlete’s performance. This adaptation is maintained for a few days to a few weeks. As with any physical adaptation, high-altitude training is taxing on the human body. If you plan to train or race at...
Joseph Havey - Jun 23, 2022
How to Decrease Your Triathlon Time by 26 Minutes

How to Decrease Your Triathlon Time by 26 Minutes

This article was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in June 2022. Open any endurance sports magazine, and you’ll see advertisements for products claiming to make you faster, stronger or have better endurance. It can be enticing, but when reading these assertions, it is important to examine the science behind them. Here at SaltStick, we deliver the facts behind our claims. So when we say that SaltStick can help increase performance, we can back it up with a study from Spain, which found that salt supplementation via SaltStick Caps improved triathletes’ medium-distance race times by an average of 26 minutes! What is particularly compelling about these results is that many of these athletes were already consuming sports drinks, but it was the addition of the SaltStick Caps to their nutrition routine that made the difference in their performance. As any triathlete worth their salt (pun intended!) knows, 26 minutes in a race is a...
SaltStick - Jun 06, 2022
Mix. Drink. Perform: Introducing Our No-Sugar Electrolyte DrinkMix

Mix. Drink. Perform: Introducing Our No-Sugar Electrolyte DrinkMix

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce a new way to replace electrolytes lost through sweat: DrinkMix, a no-sugar, ready-to-mix powder designed to keep athletes hydrated and performing at their best.  For more than 15 years, SaltStick products have been meeting the electrolyte needs of athletes during training, competition or recreational activities – supporting countless people across the world, from weekend warriors to international champions. Our brand started with the launch of capsules in 2006, then introduced FastChews® in 2015. As the newest addition, SaltStick DrinkMix relies on cleanly sourced, buffered ingredients to help minimize heat stress and muscle cramping due to dehydration, without causing stomach discomfort. DrinkMix is ideal for anyone who sweats or in situations where you need a boost of electrolytes. Flavors include Lemon-Lime, Tropical Mango and Tart Orange.   "We launched DrinkMix to give athletes more control over how they choose to hydrate, particularly those who prefer to...
Noah McDermott - Jun 02, 2022
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. What exactly causes those nasty headaches, extreme fatigue, and painful muscle cramps? SaltStick was founded on the knowledge that adequate sodium levels, along with other key electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, are fundamental to athletic endurance. To achieve optimal performance, an athlete needs to replace these electrolytes that are lost during exercise. If they are not replenished, performance can decline, and worse, more serious symptoms may occur. The importance of sodium Sodium is crucial to many physiological processes, from muscle contraction to blood pressure management. Sodium also helps regulate the amount of water that is in and around cells. An inadequate supply of sodium in the body can have detrimental effects and can lead to hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when the concentration of sodium in the blood is abnormally low. When this happens to endurance...
SaltStick - Apr 04, 2022
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