If there is one word I remember from training with the National AIDS Marathon Training Program for my first half marathon, it's hyponatremia.
(Was that not the worst segue ever? I'm so random. Keep reading, it will make sense in a bit.)
A scary little word that basically means an electrolyte imbalance, which at its earliest stages can include symptoms of headache, irritability and fatigue, and if left untreated (which can occur in a matter of hours when doing something like running a marathon) can include coma and death. Runners need to watch out for this condition, exacerbated by sweating and drinking too much water with out replacing electrolytes. It's not just a marketing gimmick; electrolyte replacements are abso-freaking-lutely necessary.
During my training for the AIDS marathon, they would make us down little fast food-sized packets of salt around mile 10 or so of our long runs. I'm sure they did this to prevent lawsuits, give the kids salt and they won't die on us sort of thinking. And hey, it worked. We all lived to see the end of the program, and some of us, like Running Buddy Selena and myself, went on to run many more half and full marathons.
But with age, and experience, comes sophistication. And no longer will I choke down a salt packet just to save my life. I've moved on to bigger and better things.
Folks, I give you SaltStick.
Which makes me think of Salt N Pepa, the sexually-charged early 90's rap trio, who if they were still rapping today (Are they? If you know something I don't, share!) and also happened to be marathoners, would totally change the words of Shoop to "Bright as the sun, I wanna have some fun! Come and give me some of that yum yum SALTSTICK baby!!!"
Watch this, and don't tell me you don't love it just as much as I do.
The first of its kind, SaltStick is a pill (okay, capsule. That does sound a bit more refined I suppose.) I'm not getting all Valley of the Dolls on you or anything, but this is just so easy. Like taking candy from a baby easy. And if you are one GU-phobe like Running Buddy Selena, today is the day you have been waiting for. No more GU, Girls!
- 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. Suggested use: 1 capsule per 30-60 minutes during activity
- 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 capsule composition; Bio-available active ingredients. GMP production
- Contains only WHAT YOU NEED. No: herbal, trace, questionable components added. 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.
Find SaltStick at your local retailer and online here. Thanks again, SaltStick!