As athletes, due to our increased activity and electrolyte imbalance, we are in need of sodium before, during, and after our given exercise. If we don’t have the proper salt (sodium) in our bodies we run the risk of what’s called Hyponatremia which is a low concentration of sodium in the blood, has become more prevalent in ultra-endurance athletes. Many races such as the Iron-man Triathlon routinely sees finishers with low blood sodium concentrations. By not having the proper balance of sodium in the bloodstream can cause issues in the proper muscle function as sodium supports the transmission of proper nerve messages to throughout our body. Events that take place in hot, humid conditions, and have athletes competing at high intensity have conditions prime for hyponatremia to develop. I was super excited to find SaltStick so that I never fall pray to this condition even though I may run in very hot, humid conditions.
Who is SaltStick?
SaltStick is a small company based out of Southern California its creator Jonathan Toker, Ph.D is an “elite-level triathlete who hails from Canada and lives in Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2001, worked in the biotech industry for 5 years, and raced in the professional ranks as a triathlete and runner for 5 years.” It took Jonathan fours years to master his SaltStick’s design and with the help of a local machine shop, professional athletes, and hundreds of hours of effort the design was finalized. The “SaltStick Caps were developed as a study of scientific literature on electrolyte loss in sweat, highly bioavailable ingredients, and field testing. SaltStick Caps have since become the accepted standard for electrolyte replacement capsules for hundreds of athletes.” To read more about Jonathan’s journey please read his About page.
First off let’s talk about the SaltStick design. The SaltStick comes in two sizes, the regular size and the “mini” I had the regular size and the tubular carrier holds about 10 caps. The top is made of a hard rubber that has splits in them that holds the caps in place yet allows you to get to them. You load/unload the SaltStick by turning the container either clock or counterclockwise. The device is nicely made and the design is slick as you can clip on to a belt or strap it to a bike. The loading/unloading is easy enough to be done quickly and effortlessly.
SaltSticks caps are made up of:
Yes, while running in the hot, humid weather I would self test myself by tasting my sweat. If my sweat tasted very salty I knew that I was excreting salt and needed to replenish that salt in my system or I would run the risk of Hyponatremia. The chances of that happening is low, by why take the change? To replenish this salt during my workouts I would take a SaltStick cap every 45mins. I felt that every 45mins was just right during my long runs. The caps were easy digestible and were easy on my stomach. I really liked the way the caps helped with my recovery. Usually after a fast long run I would get sore muscles due to the lactic acid that would occur do to my anaerobic heart rate, but with the SaltStick caps I felt less sore, and I was able to recover faster.
- Clip could be tighter
If you are an athlete and train in a hot, humid weather i would highly recommend that you give SaltStick a try. I know once you try it, like me, you’ll love it!