By Edward Kane
Think 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.
• The E-Lyte Story:
Why You Need Electrolytes!
• Sugar Free Electrolytes
• Compare ElyteSport with
other "Sports" drinks
• Pickle Juice
• Taking A Peek Inside a Muscle
• Night Cramps
• ElyteSport Preloading
• References depicting
the difficulty within the Medical Community to Resolve "Cramping"
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