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Why team sports athletes need electrolytes

When we sweat, we lose electrolytes. If we do not take steps to replace these electrolytes during exercise, our performance will eventually decline.

How SaltStick can help you support your performance

SaltStick products are designed to help to reduce muscle cramping and heat stress, boost stamina, and maintain electrolyte levels by replacing five electrolytes lost through sweat: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride.

The average person’s sweat contains about 1,000 mg sodium/liter, but a typical sports drink contains 440 mg sodium/liter. If, during the course of activity, you consume nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you could become hyponatremic at some point. Hyponatremia is a medical condition marked by low blood sodium levels, which can lead to nausea, fatigue, cramping, vomiting, weakness, sleepiness, and in rare severe cases, loss of consciousness. Many sports drinks also do not include other key electrolytes, which could lead to further cramping and muscle issues.

SaltStick helps athletes maintain peak performance by replacing a full spectrum of electrolytes lost through sweat, in a form and quantity the body can absorb. An independent 2015 study demonstrated that triathletes who relied on SaltStick performed significantly better in a medium-distance triathlon than those who did not. 

Learn more about the science behind SaltStick.

How to implement SaltStick into your team sports training

Each person’s nutritional needs are unique, and it’s best to develop a plan that offers the right balance for you. As a general guideline, athletes may benefit from taking: 

  • 1x SaltStick capsule, OR
  • 2-4x SaltStick Fastchews, OR
  • 1x 5mL serving of SaltStick Elixaltyte

every 30-60 minutes during activity OR:

  • 1x serving of SaltStick DrinkMix combined with 16-20 oz. (~475-600 mL) of water

every 60-90 minutes during activity.

In hot conditions, extreme humidity, or for larger athletes, a greater quantity may be needed to maintain optimal electrolyte levels.

What other team sports athletes say about SaltStick products

“I play college soccer for a fairly small school who doesn’t have a good recruiting program. What this means is that I play the full 90 minutes without a break. I know some people are fine with just water at halftime, but in 109 °F sprinting for 90 minutes, water isn’t enough. I’ve absolutely felt a difference taking these during a game – one before start, and one at halftime. Instead of cramping and feeling my head throb, I feel energized and ready for the next half.” — Amazon User Moses Arevalo.

“I love these. I play soccer and ultimate Frisbee for over two hours at a time and sweat a lot. I take these during water breaks and I can feel my endurance stay at a peak level.” — Amazon User SM2Jones.

“Saltstick is my savior. I sweat profusely and cramp up. This allows me to play bball flag football and other activities longer.” — Amazon User Damon.

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