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SaltStick Caps - 100 Capsules

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SaltStick capsules are crucial to minimize muscle cramping, heat stress and fatigue due to unbalanced electrolyte blood levels during high endurance exercise.
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OUR TAKE
SaltStick electrolytes come in a capsule form so you can take them as needed based on the intensity of your workout as well as the climate conditions. SaltStick offers a full-spectrum electrolyte profile that include, Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium. They also add Vitamin D3 to improve Calcium absorption. Many of us like the simplicity and effectiveness of SaltStick caps. You can also get one of their convenient handlebar or belt dispensers.

IN SALTSTICK'S OWN WORDS*
SaltStick Capsules are crucial to minimize muscle cramping, heat stress and fatigue due to unbalanced electrolyte blood levels.

Key Features
    • The ONLY electrolyte capsule that was formulated to closely resemble the electrolyte profile lost during activity: sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
    • Only 1 capsule per serving
    • Buffered salt composition that helps digestion and absorption
    • Each capsule contains: 215 mg sodium, 63 mg potassium, 22 mg calcium, 11 mg magnesium, 100 IU Vitamin D
    • Vegetable-based non-GMO capsule composition; Bio-available active ingredients.
    • GMP production in a facility registered NSF Certified for Sport®.
    • Contains only WHAT YOU NEED. No: herbal, trace, questionable components added. Vegetarian and Gluten free.
    • No sweeteners- no high fructose corn syrup, no sweeteners of any kind
    • Does not contain any World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned substances
    • Unique formulation is patent pending; Engineered by a Ph.D. chemist who is also a pro triathlete
    • Saltstick® Caps uniquely includes vitamin D that helps the body absorb and utilize calcium.
    • Great for effective rehydration during international travel, hiking and effects of alcohol and unfamiliar foods.
    RECOMMENDED USE
    Pre-training: No specific supplementation is necessary. Maintain adequate hydration with sufficient electrolyte content in the days leading up to a major training block to maintain your weight. For long distance training under extreme conditions, take 1 SaltStick capsule the night before your activity, and one capsule with breakfast before your activity.

    During training: Most athletes will find that normal training less than 2 hours should not require too much in the way of electrolyte supplementation, and water alone will suffice. Riding or running longer than about 90 minutes, or shorter in hot or humid conditions, should consider taking a SaltStick capsule every 30-60 minutes along with sufficient fresh water to stay hydrated. A mixture of sports drink, water and SaltStick Caps can also be a successful combination. Many athletes find that carbohydrates in the form of gels and energy bars is a good match for water-SaltStick Caps, eliminating the need for a sports drink.

    Post-training: Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during hard training can be nearly impossible, and proper post-workout recovery is facilitated by ingesting fluid with electrolytes. This can take the form of a balanced electrolyte supplement along with carbohydrates and protein. A simple strategy to ensure adequate electrolyte replenishment is to take 1-2 SaltStick Caps after a hard workout. Excess electrolyte ingestion will simply be excreted in the urine.

    SUPPLEMENT FACTS
    Serving Size: 1 Capsule              
     Amount Per Capsule
    %DV*
     Sodium 215mg
      (as 550 mg sodium chloride)
     9%
     Potassium 63mg
      (as potassium citrate and potassium chloride)
     2%
     Calcium 22mg
      (as calcium citrate and calcium gluconate)
     2%
     Magnesium 11mg
      (as magnesium citrate and magnesium gluconate)
     3%
     Chloride 350mg
      (as sodium chloride, potassium chloride)
     10%
     Vitamin D3 100 IU  25%
    Other Ingredients: Vegetable cellulose (capsules), vegetable magnesium stearate, vegetable stearic acid (flowing agents)No gluten, soy, nuts. Vegetable capsule.

    FAQ
    Why do many athletes need electrolyte supplementation?
    Hyponatremia, a medical condition marked by low blood sodium levels, can lead to nausea, fatigue, cramping, vomiting, weakness, sleepiness, and in rare severe cases, even death.

    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.

    Sweat typically has about 1000 mg sodium/liter, a typical sports drink has 440 mg sodium/liter. If, during the course of training, you ingest nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you will become hyponatremic at some point. Many sports drinks also do not address any form of supplementation of the other key electrolytes, potentially causing yet further cramping and muscle issues.

    A popular and simple solution to electrolyte shortage due to sweating is supplementation using electrolyte capsules.

    Why do I need more than just sodium? Table salt is easy to find and cheap to add to my drink mix...?
    While sodium is the predominant electrolyte lost in sweat, a quartet of other electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride) performs crucial roles in muscle contraction, relaxation, and performance. Loss of these electrolytes over time will impair your muscles to function normally. Table salt only contains sodium chloride. Furthermore, adding too much salt to a drink will make it unpalatable and you will be less likely to actually drink it. A capsule delivers the electrolytes you need without tasting bad.

    If I take salt capsules, where will I get my carbohydrates?
    A strategy that has worked for countless pros and age groupers is to separate your electrolytes from your energy sources so that you can customize the dose of each group. This means to obtain electrolyte supplementation through capsules alone, and an energy source through solid or gel foods and/or complex carb drinks (e.g. maltodextrin).

    Isn't it important to maintain a low sodium diet?
    Scientific research maintains that the average Western diet is already too high in sodium and would benefit from a reduction in sodium intake. As sodium consumption increases, output in sweat also increases to maintain a healthy level in our body. Your body become acclimatized to this intake, and "needs" more sodium to maintain this level of function. However, athletic performance drives up the loss of sodium through sweat. If your diet already contains a lot of sodium, you'll need to maintain a higher level of sodium in your body to keep homeostasis (balance) and your ability to function under athletic stress. This can be accomplished by higher doses of electrolyte supplementation. If your diet is lower in sodium, you will still lose electrolytes through sweat, but you can maintain your appropriate blood electrolyte level with less supplementation. In many respects, the ideal situation is to live a low-sodium diet and supplement during heavy training and racing as needed. Using SaltStick Caps electrolyte capsules will allow you to do this easily, and to customize your dose based on individual need.

    What is the science behind SaltStick®Caps?
    Simple: 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.

      Average Sweat SaltStick® Caps
    Electrolyte per 11oz / 315 mL per capsule
    Sodium (mg) 220 215
    Potassium (mg) 63 63
    Magnesium (mg) 8 11
    Calcium (mg) 16 22

    If you want to dig deeper into the science and math beyond electrolytes, read Jonathan Toker's (the owner of SaltStick) article on slowtwitch.com.

    What is bioavailability and why does it matter?
    A nutrient's bioavailability is the proportion of the nutrient that, when ingested, actually gets absorbed by the body. Absorption rate is important because even when a drug is absorbed completely, it may be absorbed too slowly to produce any effect. SaltStick® Caps contain water-soluble chelated potassium, calcium and magnesium citrates and gluconates that have high bioavailability and fast absorption rates. Sodium chloride present is also bioavailable and quickly absorbed. This is in contrast to some supplements that use forms of these minerals that have lower bioavailability, are insoluble, or require high stomach acid to digest.


    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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