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Why Use Endura Over Water or Generic Sports Drink?

The Running Company stocks Endura Sports Nutrition because it is formulated to replenish the muscle glycogen and electrolytes that are lost through sweat during times of exercise. The formula provides a ratio of electrolytes similar to those already found in healthy muscle cells. This includes a comparatively higher concentration of intracellular electrolytes (magnesium and potassium) than that of other sports drinks. The therapeutic levels of magnesium found in Endura Sports will also help to prevent muscle cramps. This is due to magnesium’s ability to regulate calcium.

Unlike a lot of other sports drinks, Endura Sports also has a comparatively lower glycemic load. This means it will have a lesser impact on insulin levels and not inhibit fat stores being used as an energy source.

If water alone is being consumed, electrolytes lost through sweat and energy production are not being replaced. This can cause significant cognitive and physical consequences such as affecting the body’s ability to regulate heat, reaching fatigue earlier, increasing heart rate and limiting oxygen delivery to the muscles. Also, there is no carbohydrates in water which will mean that glycogen, the muscles prime energy source, is not being replenished.

Why and How to Use Nutrition Gels?

Gels are an easy way of keeping glycogen levels up and are suitable for use before an event, but more commonly during as they are an extremely convenient way of maintaining blood glucose levels.

The Running Company stocks Endura Sports Energy Gels and Torq Sports Nutrition – both are a convenient energy source with a blend of immediate impact, sucrose-free carbohydrates combined with slow release complex carbohydrates.

For best results take one serve (35g sachet) 15 minutes before exercise then another serve every 30-60 minutes during exercise to prevent glycogen depletion and energy loss. For best absorption and to avoid gastric upset, each gel should be consumed with 250-300ml of water.

What Sort of Nutrition is Good for Recovery?

Following exercise, athletes need a combination of carbohydrates, protein and electrolytes to ensure adequate recovery.

Endura Optimizer contains carbs and protein in a 6:1 ratio as this is the most efficient way of replenishing glycogen stores, allowing the body to use the carbohydrates as a source of fuel, thus preserving muscle mass and preventing muscular catabolism.

Endura Optimizer uses a protein and carbohydrate rich formula that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. It can be used as an energy-boosting meal before exercise, as a meal supplement during exercise (for events longer 2.5 hours), and also immediately after exercise for recovery. Endura Optimizer also has a complete range of vitamins and minerals, it is an exceptionally fast absorbing formula that requires very little blood in the gut to digest, and is extremely low in fibre which great advantage for obvious reasons.

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