Numpty Zym electrolyte tablet question
They are an expensive way of buying salts in easy to use premeasured doses.
Table salt would be fine for most. Epsom salts, andrews liver salts and Lo salt if you really want pottassium and magnesium as well.
There are two issues that often get mixed up.
1) You lose salts thru sweat and these need to be replaced. You can do this by ingesting the salts in many ways from using electrolyte products to eating crisps
2) your body absorbs water best from an isotonic solution. For salt replacement isotonic is simply unnecessary. For fluid replacement it is best but not essential it is isotonic.
Be careful and check the ingredients. If you are not carefull you can either end up with too much salt or a huge glucose load depending on the type of product.
Myself I far prefer a more natural approach. 1/3 litre apple juice to 2/3 litre water with a couple of teaspoons of table sugar and a stingy teaspoonful of salt. I prefer a slightly hypotonic solution
I am no elite athelete thoPosted 8 years agosimonfbarnesMember
your body absorbs water best from an isotonic solution
is this even true, given that your stomach contains a slurry of hydrochloric acid, enzymes and partially digested food? Since little or no liquid leaks out of your arse (unless you have diarrhea), it can only be a rate thing, in which case it might make more sense to start drinking earlier…Posted 8 years agoVortexracingSubscriber
On the advice from the ‘flashes’ after last weeks Rivvy ride and the onset of some cramp.
My ZYM electrolyte tablets have arrived.
Question is, do i dissolve 1 tablet for every 500ml of water ie 6 tablets in a 3ltr camelback? which sounds alot and expensive!
or do you guys just pop one in the bladder when you need it?
or just one tablet in the bladder per ride.
DavePosted 8 years agoSteveTheBarbarianMember
I use Zym catapult(the ones with caffiene) – for longish days, since I got bad cramp at SITS 2 years ago.
I just put one in a 1 1/2 liter bladder, or 2 in a 3 liter one. I’ll never know if I would’ve got cramp if I hadn’t used em – but I know I haven’t using them.Posted 8 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
Table salt would be fine for most. Based on???
Sweat contains more than Sodium Chloride. Potassium imbalances are waaaaay more important/more likely to cause cramping, from what I have read.
But there are lots of other reasons for cramping other than electrolyte imbalances. Glycogen levels or just pushing yourself at a pace your body isn’t used to for instance.Posted 8 years ago
BillOddie – Soduim is the most important part of this ( based on? – a basic knowledge of physiology and dietetics). Magnesium and Potassium play a part tho – but in smaller quantities. Fruit contains potassioum and magnesium IIRC
My apple juice recipe contains a bit of potassium and magnesium as well. Most folk will have sufficient body reserves of potassium and magnesium to make up what they have lost in sweat from what I have read – unless you are really sweating buckets / have a rubbish diet / are an elite athlete who needs that last 1% of performance.
You pays yer money and takes yer choice- as with most things like this there is no substitute for knowledge. ( and I have reached thee limits of mine in this post) Beware of sponsored research / selective quoting from manufacturers.
I have seen folk totally mess up on rehydration drinks from not understanding what is in them – drinking 3l of a sugar based rehydration mix on an empty stomach and wondering why his stomach went on strike and he puked it all back up again.Posted 8 years agonjee20Subscriber
I use those caffeinated Zym, I put one in a 500ml bottle, which means drinking up to 5 in a 2hr race. That’ll see you right.
I’d put a couple in a Camelbak and see how you go.
FWIW they’ve totally cured my cramp issues, I’d never cramp in training, always in racing, and they’ve sorted that.Posted 8 years ago
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