A Professional Athlete’s Road to Recovery

Hey everyone, Renée Tomlin here to talk about ‘recovery’. For a bit of background information, I’m a professional triathlete and member of Team USA in international competition. I’ve been competing in triathlon since 2014 with an Olympic focus, and ran competitively in college and at the elite level before moving over to endurance multisport. I’m fortunate to live, train and compete all over the world representing the USA.

So, you might be wondering what my background has to do with ‘recovery’. Well, quite simply, I wouldn’t be able to do my job — compete and execute performance — without the proper tools in my recovery tool box. Generally speaking, I’m out training 7 days a week, usually clocking 20–28 hours of exercise at various volumes and intensities. Between swimming, biking, running and gym work, recovery is the most crucial component in creating fitness, competitive edge and in maintaining health. For me, recovery includes nutrition, sleep, physical and massage therapy, hormone balance and the ‘switch off’ of all things triathlon.

In terms of nutrition, I’ve recently started working with a specialist from my Australian support team on strategies to maximize my training gains through food and energy availability. Having an understanding of carbs, protein, calcium, electrolytes, (just to name a few) plays a significant role in optimizing a nutrition plan to match the demands of training and competition. As an elite athlete, it’s challenging to keep up with all of stressors placed on your body — and that’s why I rely on vitamins like iron, vitamin C, and vitamin D to contribute to my nutritional intake. Sports drinks that contain carbs are also essential, as well as sport-specific electrolyte drinks, like Elyte-Sport, for pre-loading or between sessions. Both supplements and sports drinks act as ancillary agents in encouraging my body to prepare for training demands, recover from them, and foster training adaptations. They directly impact energy levels, nutritional absorption and healthy blood counts.

True life confession: it’s impossible as a professional athlete to always maintain an optimal level of ‘recovery’ as you’re always pressing physical and mental boundaries. Somewhere along the way you slip — that’s called being human. Just this past week I was diagnosed with a navicular stress fracture, barring me from early competition and resulting in a quick return back to the US for doctor appointments and to start, yes, in broader terms, the ‘recovery’ process. Now just as ever does ‘recovery’ play a significant role in achieving future goals. Fortunately, I have an incredible support team behind me in outlining these next-steps, many of which include a re-evaluation of nutrition and supplement intake. That being said, recovery — specifically in the field of nutrition and supplements — is an evolving space. As the body changes, grows, ages, heals, dietary requirements can shift. Stay tuned for an update of what this unfolding recovery process looks like and what tweaks are made!

Follow Renee’s journey on Twitter @ReneeTomlin

Phillip Plath

ElyteSport Success Story

phillip2Phillip started mountain bike racing in 1994 and helped invent his very own racing category – Clydesdale. California’s state championship series has had the category since 1995. Clydesdale racers have to be at least 200 pounds. Phillip won the state championship in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001. In 2005 Phillip participated in his first Race Across America (RAAM), arguably the world’s toughest bicycle race. His 4-man relay team finished 3rd overall in 2005, and his 2-man team finished 2nd overall in 2007. He believes ElyteSport was an integral part of his race hydration and supplementation plan.

(Read his complete experience in the testimonial section)


Accomplishments:

phillipCalif. State Mtn. Bike Champion: 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001
(Clydesdale category)

Sea Otter Classic XC Mtn. bike race winner: 2000, 2001
(also Clydesdale category)

2005 Insight Race Across America (RAAM) 4-man relay – 3rd place overall (1st in category – recumbent)

2007 Insight Race Across America (RAAM) 4-man relay – 2nd place overall (1st in category – recumbent)

2012 World Human Powered Speed Challenge – world record, multi-rider vehicle – 73.08mph

2013 World Recumbent Racing Association – masters world record, standing start kilo time trial- 1:13.61 (minutes, seconds)

2014 WRRA – masters world record, flying 200 time trial – 11.75 seconds (38.08mph)

2014 WRRA – masters world record – hour time trial – 50.226 kilometers (31.2mph)

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Oren Motevassel

ElyteSport Success Story

orenOren Motevassel, the No. 1 seed, of Alpharetta, Ga., recently claimed the men’s open title at the United States Professional Tennis Association Hard Court Championships. Motevassel, who is originally from Israel and has been ranked as high as No. 161 in the world.

Oren’s thoughts on ElyteSport:

Well, I am hear to tell you that I am playing the best tennis of my life and with all honesty ElyteSport has something to do with it. I am not cramping anymore in those long 3 or 4 hour matches. I am out lasting my opponents! I just returned from a big tournament in Tennessee and I played the #1 Junior player in the USA who is USA’s new hope for the new Sampras and I beat him 6-4 6-1, and at one point of the match he shouted “This guy is un-human”. I loved it!!! I was always known to be like Nadal who gets to everything and fights for every ball so having this drink on my side makes me feel at ease!!! I am ranked #1 in the USA National ranking for the 35’s and I am very high in the Open division as well. I am #3 in California Open rankings! I just won a big tournament there as well which I never won before. Everyone that sees me play tells me I should go back on the Pro tour and it is very tempting. I am beating guys I have never beaten before.

Success Update:

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We won the Gold Medal in the ITF world cup this past April in Boca Raton Florida, beating France in the finals. I was the only player on the US team that won all his matches throughout the event. Also, I have made history in March becoming the oldest player to have an ATP ranking in Singles. People constantly ask me how I stay so fit and how can I continue to improve all the time. I have to thank Elyte for being a big part of my success, its really nice to have you by my side! Go Elyte!

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Best, Oren Motevassel

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ron Livingston

ElyteSport Success Story

ronlivlgRon is not the type of guy who does anything half-heartedly. His accomplishments in business, athletics, and even community service speak volumes about the type of individual he is. It is extremely fulfilling for the team here at ElyteSport to provide folks like Ron with the tools he needs to continue competing at a premier level. ElyteSport is a core component of his training routine and nothing makes us prouder.


Q: How many years have you been cycling?

A: I started serious cycling and got into racing after my third bout with knee surgery. I’m 6’6″ and my sports passion has always been basketball. I used cycling to rehabilitate and the doc finally advised I better stop the hard court if I wanted to continue walking. I’ve always had a bike, but started racing about 15 years ago.

Q: What is your training routine?
A: Training miles vary although on average I would say 200 miles per week. In the late fall & winter usually 100-150 miles on the weekend. Throw in a couple of spinning classes and some night mountain bike rides. I would guess 200. In the early spring miles don’t vary as much but we kick up the intensity. Late spring we start racing and move the long rides to midweek, depending on work. (Work always gets in the way).

Q: Do you have any favorite professional sports figures?
A: I’ve always tended to be a participant rather than a spectator, although growing up in Pittsburgh it was difficult not to admire Roberto Clemente. He had incredible passion for the game and was very involved in helping those less fortunate than himself. The entire 70’s Pittsburgh Steelers team was fun to watch and the city was really a part of the whole experience. They were able to align a very diverse city around a single goal. Julius Erving seemed to have a lot of the same quality’s Clemente did, although I was not here in Philadelphia at that time. He was just way above the rest of the league in terms of talent.

Q: Do you maintain any type of special diet?
A: My diet is terrible. I use supplements to help off set my eating habits. Some of the folks at a local health food store have helped me along the way.

Q: Do you have cycling goals you want to achieve?
A: Anything I’ve had to prove athletically I already have. Cycling is a way for me to keep a competitive edge. My body type isn’t exactly optimum for cycling so I use it more for fitness than anything else. I’m realistic about my talent and ability. Through The Main Line Cycling club and sponsors I try to provide leadership to some younger guys. Promotion of the sport and community involvement have been club goals. For instance we promote several races during the year and donate the proceeds to local charity. We’ve had a race for Habitat for Humanity in Norristown for 4 years running. We’ve held Century rides for Cancer. More recently we ran a cyclocross race for the benefit of a local schools scholarship fund. After a ride one day, a friend and I were stuffing pasta in our mouths and we were approached by a gentleman who asked us, “Why do you guys ride so much?” My friend replied, “So that we can eat more.”

Q: Do you have any thoughts you want to share regarding E-Lyte Sport?
A: There are a ton of products promoted to enhance performance out there. In all my years as an athlete, not just cycling, none have had any noticeable difference in performance. When the folks at the health food store introduced me to E-Lyte you can just imagine what I thought. But being an optimist I gave the stuff a try. The biggest difference I noticed was an ability to perform at a high level of intensity for a longer period of time. I was also able to recover and perform again quicker after using the product post exercise. It works best for me if I drink it prior to exercise and post exercise. I’ve now started drinking a glass in the morning with breakfast. It didn’t make me faster, but allowed me to compete with the fast guys longer than I normally can.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Todd Migdon

toddmigdonElyteSport Success Story

During his high school days, Todd was extremely active and participated on his school’s basketball, tennis and cross-country teams. Those days are almost 20 years behind him now and while his free time has diminished significantly (demanding job, triplets, etc.), his desire for athletic competition has remained constant. He’s a dedicated marathon runner and competes in races throughout the country. For him, ElyteSport has been a “miracle drink” that has allowed him to train and compete well beyond his expectations.



Q: How many years have you been running?
A: I started with cross country competitions in high school. After a sixteen year hiatus, I began training with a routine in November 1999.

Q: How often do you run?
A: I run on average 30 -40 miles per week. When I’m training for a marathon, the mileage ranges from 40 -60 per week.

Q: Do you have any favorite professional sports figures?
A: I don’t have a sports idol per se. However, I do have a tremendous amount of respect for All-Pro receiver Wayne Chrebet of the NFL N.Y. Jets. I met Wayne in 1998 and was stunned by his average to small build. I respect how he excels in a sport where men twice his size pale in comparison. To me he displays a lot of heart and athletic resolve.

Q: Do you maintain any type of special diet?
A: My diet is not a complicated one. I try to keep red meat to a minimum and eat as much pasta as possible. Lunch consists of sushi twice a week and angel hair with light tomato sauce twice a week. Snacks are my weakness so I try to substitute chocolate with raisin filled mini-wheats. When I’m training for a race, I merely increase my intake of everything. The diet doesn’t change but the appetite is multiplied.

Q: Do you have specific running goals?
A: My primary running goal is to compete in at least one marathon a year with my sister. She lives 2,000 miles away and it gives us an excuse to see each other. So far we are on pace to decrease our times my 10 – 20 minutes each race. Eventually, we hope to run a 3:15 marathon. We are currently at a 3:43. Finding time to train is always a challenge since I am the proud father of triplets. Chasing three little ones around must sometimes substitute for my roadwork.

Q: Now that you’ve had a chance to use ElyteSport for several months, what do you think of the product?
A: ElyteSport has played a significant role in my performance. If my eating habits fall short on any given day, the E-Lyte balances me out. I began taking it on long runs about six months ago. Since then, the fatigue factor has declined significantly. I envision the E-Lyte as lubrication for my joints as I drink it. This also keeps my mind occupied on the long runs and that’s where the real benefit begins. During my first marathon at mile 19 I hit “The Wall.” I managed to fight through and finish the race but not without a battle. Even on runs longer than 18 miles the fatigue factor was high before E-Lyte . Now I workout and compete in marathons without ever hitting “The Wall.” I truly believe that E-Lyte has made the difference and will have a positive impact on any endurance runner.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!

runner-stretch_04Electrolytes turn on all thought and motion, almost like a wall switch. They trigger all events like muscle action by controlling ion channels. Ion channels are the gates that open and close to move life support material to and from cells in the body. Say for example, you want to start running. Your brain starts the signal that initiates a complicated series of timed muscle actions. Every sequence of that function is both timed and controlled by electrolytes.

Body fluids are primarily water and electrolytes. Electrolytes are ions comprised of 4 minerals that include Sodium, (Na) Potassium, (K), Magnesium (Mg), and Calcium (Ca). An ion is the disassociated part of a molecule like salt, (sodium chloride). It comes apart in water and floats in the blood stream as a free atom (ion) of sodium (Na), along with it’s partner, an (ion) of chloride (Cl). Na has a + electrical charge when dissolved in water. Its partner, have which can include Chlorides, Phosphates, Sulphates, or Carbonates, etc., have the – charge. The opposite charges originally attracted them and kept them together until they dissolved in water, whereupon they separated. The ions (+ -) accumulate in the watery blood system of our body. All of our cells use that (+ -) charge differential as a driving force when they isolate (permit) some ions on the inside of the cell and others on the outside. The membrane of every cell is composed of fat and acts as an insulator. By encouraging more of the sodium ions to accumulate in the blood stream, outside the cell (with potassium on the inside), they build up a charge on either side of the cell wall. That charge separation then becomes the driving force for all cells to be able to move the life giving materials in and out of the cell. It’s important to understand this because all the electrolytes are vital for cellular function and especially necessary for high performance. Simply put, without them we could not exist… even with the absence of just one of the basic 4 electrolyte minerals, we would be history.

The list of functions that electrolytes control is endless but include; temperature control / fluid level / cardiac arrhythmia / respiratory rate / digestion / fluid transport across cells / ion transport / renal function (bladder control) / neurological function / signal transduction / thought / memory/ all the senses both gathering information and then transporting that message to the brain and to the muscles including the sense of touch / energy production / glucose metabolism etc. etc. It is easier to count the stars in the sky than to list all the functions in the body controlled by electrolytes. But the body, in its miraculous evolutionary way is structured to maintain it all in some combinatorial marvelous life-giving manner. The majesty of it all is so wondrous that the study of cells and of life can often leave one breathless. We frequently sit back in our research as the concepts unfold and are literally awestruck. The most one can attempt is to try and convey a small picture of this wonder.

The team at ElyteSport is extremely passionate about the science and research regarding electrolytes. Just as all top athletes know that you cannot achieve perfection with out mastering the basics, we at ElyteSport know that you cannot provide the body with the optimal level of energy until you balance the electrolytes required by all the molecules within the body. ElyteSport is the ultimate tool to replenish those vital electrolytes to the correct or optimal ratios. Balance is the key. You drink ElyteSport for improved function and performance. It is not designed to satisfy your taste buds with sugar or fructose like other sweetened sport drinks on the market. In fact, sweet drinks add a burden to metabolic control by forcing the production of insulin to balance your blood sugar levels. So not only do these drinks do little to enhance performance, it’s quite possible that the extra sugar they add is doing more to slow you down.

We welcome any questions or comments that you have about electrolytes and ElyteSport and we look forward to helping you train and compete beyond what you thought was possible.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

ElyteSport FAQ

Pickle Juice

Jar of Cucumber PicklesThink fast: What was the biggest news in sports nutrition last summer? Answer: Pickle juice! Professional football trainers for a few NFL teams had their players chugging pickle juice in an effort to rapidly hydrate them. An interesting concept to say the least, but is pickle juice really the best way to hydrate the body when it has been depleted of valuable electrolytes?

Pickle juice is basically acetic acid (vinegar) and water with a bit of salt (sodium chloride) to give it some flavor. All muscle cells, like the heart, use sodium (Na) to close or contract the cell, and potassium (K) to relax the cell. Calcium (Ca) starts the closing process with Na doing the actual closing; magnesium (Mg) starts the reverse side of the pump—relaxing. Potassium (K) is the key element responsible for managing the relaxing process within the cell. In order for the human body to function properly under physical stress, all 4 of the mineral electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium) are absolutely required. If they are not replaced, you wind up with a cramp, or arrhythmia. Both are alleviated with K and Mg if you can catch it in time. Prolonged effects of improper replenishment can result in serious injury or death.

Vinegar is used to remove sodium from the body, so drinking pickle juice will, in a way, tend to help balance the lack of K and low Mg (the back side of the beat). Generally we get too much sodium from processed foods like snacks, chips, etc. For over 20 years our team at BodyBio (makers of ElyteSport) have been teaching doctors to use vinegar for high blood pressure because of its ability of acetic acid to lower Na levels. The vast majority of the medical world uses a calcium blocker to control (lower) the timing of the pump. Block the Ca and you lower the beat count. In actuality you block some of the heart cells from performing. Not the preferred route. It would be far better to add in the desperately needed potassium and magnesium rather than lower Ca or Na.

There is also an added benefit to having plenty of K and MG. Quite simply, you increase endurance. One of the principle reasons for fading under stress is that you run out of K and MG. The body has a marvelous ability to conserve Na, but doesn’t do the same with K or Mg. In addition you may need some nutrients, even a bit of sugar to keep you up, but the real key lies in the supply of electrolytes. We will all fade out sooner or later, but those on ElyteSport have the edge. In essence it’s an electrolyte numbers game. Check out the comparison chart at elytesport.com. There is no other product on the market that comes close to replenishing electrolytes like ElyteSport. Keep the pickle juice in the pickle jar and reach for ElyteSport when you need serious electrolyte replenishment!

Don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions about hydration or ElyteSport.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sugar Free Electrolytes

The body has a high storage capacity for fats (lipids), but a rather meager ability to store glucose. The effort to build up a reservoir of sugar of any kind, ends up, in a healthy individual, as triglycerides or fats, the principle form of energy. In effect, carbohydrate loading makes you fat momentarily, at least, until your next workout.

ElyteSport is a highly concentrated electrolyte drink, higher than any on the market. E-Lyte is used to replenish or rebalance those that are severely electrolyte depleted. Giving a sick patient a sugary drink is never an option. To resuscitate someone after trauma calls for an IV of electrolytes, not an IV of glucose.

ElyteSport electrolytes assimilate at an amazing rate throughout the body, while complex carbs must travel through the liver for conversion, then out into the blood stream to find their way to every cell, and finally locate a glucose receptor to take them in. The two take totally different pathways and are totally different in function. Electrolytes make everything metabolically possible and are absorbed lightning fast. Taking them separately, just 5 or 10 seconds apart, would be enough if the electrolytes were consumed first.

Normally you do not salt sugary foods. Electrolytes are salts and salt goes with meat and potatoes, soups, vegetables, etc. All animals seek a salt source to lick when they feel the need. Electrolytes are put in water for livestock, especially for race horses. Can you put sugary stuff and electrolytes together? I suppose you could but we do not suggest it.

Reaching for high performance however, requires both, electrolytes and glucose. You need electrolytes for everything that happens in the body, all the time. Glucose is needed after you run out of your stores of glycogen, which occurs about an hour or so after you start your workout.

There are those who propose that sweeteners encourage you to drink, to ensure hydration. If you run short of fluids and the fluids are available, there are few that will need drinking instruction. The biotech sophistication of the body is far beyond our current understanding. The only argument that has relevance is, can the athlete carry both while working out and reach both when they need to, which cyclists and runners or any long distance performers have to consider.

The market for drink products is huge, far greater than that used by high performing athletes. And that huge public is where the real market is. There is no way the general public would go for a salty flavored drink. However, they are all watching you, the performers, and copy what you say and do. But it is sill unlikely they would buy anything that wasn’t sweetened. It’s a great big Coca Cola, Pepsi, Gatorade world. ElyteSport is a breath of fresh air in the area of sports medicine with a totally new look at function first and marketing second. For all of you who are after performance, ElyteSport is the only way to go.

Can you take ElyteSport and complex carbs. Sure, just separate them momentarily. That way you can determine what the body wants when it wants it. The body really knows. All you need to do is listen.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Inclusion here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical provider for all medical problems prior to starting any new regiment.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

ElyteSport Preloading

Most of us are familiar with carbohydrate loading as an effort to pack as much food and energy before an athletic event. It can start one or two days before a race. It’s not known whether it’s good science or done for the sheer joy of eating. However, the body does not have an efficient means of storing carbs. Eating a high carbohydrate meal raises blood sugar levels which stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin to drive the sugar into the cells to be either burned or converted and stored as triglycerides (fat). Those reserve fats are then burned for energy as needed. In 1995 Barry Sears stimulated a bit of controversy with his “Zone Diet” book and poked a hole in the theory of carb loading by proving that a 30/30/40, (protein/fat/carb) diet improved performance. In 1986 Stu Mittleman set a world record for the 1000-Mile Run, covering the distance in 11 days, and he did it with practically no carbs. His book “Slow Burn” details his low carb — high fat concept. Stu says you can’t do it with carbs. The body burns fat far more efficiently than carbohydrates.

ElyteSport loading, however, is an interesting idea that can be quite effective. It works so well that it could even be a breakthrough in athletic performance. The technique is similar to carb loading but it’s done with electrolytes using ElyteSport concentrate. The goal is to condition the cells and the blood stream to maintain a higher level of electrolytes, which can be called on later to maintain a higher activity level for a longer period of time.

All performance is dependent on the 4 alkaline minerals, Na, K, Mg, and Ca, along with the anions, Chlorides, Phosphates, Sulphates, and Bicarbs. We know that a long athletic event or even a hard workout will deplete the electrolytes. You can taste the salts running down your nose as you perspire. What is generally not known is just how valuable they are. Without them, nothing moves. Absolutely nothing. You can not blink or think without electrolytes.

The technique is to use the concentrate straight (not diluted) just before you train or before the big event. ElyteSport is a concentrated electrolyte solution and is normally diluted at 16:1 with H2O. One liter makes over 4 gallons of drinkable solution. Pre-loading (drinking it straight) is more than a bit strong, but then so is a shot of booze. However, if done just prior to an event, ElyteSport concentrate will raise the level of electrolytes in the cells and provide a reservoir for greater endurance. That means you can drink H2O along the way without concern because you have pre-loaded with a high concentration of those vital electrolytes using ElyteSport which does not contain any sugar. Incidentally, you do not need sugar and a spiked insulin load at the starting gate. That’s a drain (stress) on performance. However, you could use some sugar about 45 minutes to 1 hour afterwards when you run out of glycogen, which is the glucose storage hormone. Carry a protein bar and nibble. They usually have plenty of carbs and will do the job at the exact time you need it with no strain on the system.

The technique for electrolyte loading is to pour about 2 ozs of concentrate in a glass and sip a small amount about 1 tbsp. (yes, it is strong stuff), followed immediately with a drink of diluted ElyteSport or plain H2O, about as much as you need to dispel the strong flavor — like a chaser. The idea is to finish the 2 ozs of concentrate with about a pint or less of diluted ElyteSport close to the time of your workout, ideally within 10 minutes. The high concentration (small amount of H2O) will permit a buildup of electrolytes with the potassium stored in the cells and the sodium in the blood stream.

You can then drink as much H2O as you need immediately before your event. The idea is to be out of the starting gate before the body and its marvelous kidney control system reacts to the high mineral concentration and dumps the high potassium, magnesium, phosphates, etc. into the bladder. As soon as you start running or cycling or whatever, the kidneys conserve everything (H2O and electrolytes); very little is dumped into the bladder at that time, so your pre-loaded electrolytes will be effectively stored and available later.

The high concentration of electrolytes in a balanced format should permit you to train and perform to a higher level. We hear this over and over. “ElyteSport permits me to train or run or cycle longer at a higher rate”. This technique can also be used to enhance performance at work or even study or play since the transmission of thought requires the same electrolyte activity to run the brain and the nervous system. (Where was this idea when I took my exams ?). The folks at E-Lyte also use this if they partied a bit too much the night before. So the idea is extremely versatile.

One more thing — and this is critical. “No more cramps”. In case you missed that I’ll say it again. “No more cramps”. ElyteSport is almost a secret weapon in the world of cramping athletes. Read “Taking a Peek Inside a Cramp

There is little risk associated with drinking the concentrated solution as is (undiluted) as long as it does not exceed 2-4 oz and you don’t repeat it along the way unless you have an ample supply of H2O. You should only drink the concentrate ONE time at the start of the race. Once you start you will need to re-hydrate with water or diluted ElyteSport along the way. It has been used with children for over 20 years and even given to a child of 3 to help with temperature control.

Caution: Do not attempt to pre-load if you have had any kidney difficulties such as a high BUN or Creatinine levels. Please consult your Health Care Professional before attempting to self-administer any supplement to enhance performance.

More:
The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes!
Sugar Free Electrolytes
Compare E-Lyte Sport with other “Sports” drinks
Pickle Juice
Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle Cramp
Night Cramps
ElyteSport Preloading

Other References:
References depicting the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve “Cramping”


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