Would you love to boost your results effortlessly?
To maximize your hard work to get the fitness and figure you crave?
To boost your performance and speed your recovery to create your ideal silhouette?
Then, understanding the nutrients your body needs — the fuel that fires your physique and healing — is essential!
It’s not all about macronutrients like protein, carbs, and fat. Or calorie intake. Electrolytes have a vital role to play.
Electrolytes are essential minerals: calcium, phosphate, potassium, and magnesium. They hold electric power, which helps them maintain balance in the cells. This also lets them create and pass on electrical signals to the nerves and muscles. Yes, the electricity that powers your body.
This is key for various reasons: hydration, performance, injury prevention, and recovery.
The role of electrolytes in optimal hydration
Electrolytes can boost hydration when combined with other ingredients like carbohydrates and an amino-acid molecule called a dipeptide (like L-glutamine). Without the stomach bloating that regularly accompanies the thirsty gulping down of water.
A study published in Nutrients found that combining water, electrolytes, and peptides increased fluid retention. Yes, it’s better than water alone. The authors concluded, “Electrolyte content appears to make the largest contribution in hydration properties of beverages.”
Hydration: How much water do you need to perform well?
Adequate hydration is vital to performance. But how much water do you need?
While this is a controversial topic, the study titled Water Intake, Water Balance, and the Elusive Daily Water Requirement found that total water intake over 24 hours should be 1.8 liters (7.5 cups) or more. The authors stated that up to 71% of adults in various countries consume less than this. That means whether you feel under-hydrated or not, there’s a good chance you are.
Under-hydration matters for your workouts, performance, recovery, and results
It appears to impair cognition, the brain’s thinking, judging, and problem-solving functions.
Technical ability and physical performance can also take a hit. Your form and capacity can diminish. This is especially so if you exercise in the heat.
Feelings of fatigue and perceived exertion could jump, meaning it feels harder to exert oneself. That’s not great for getting the most from your workouts!
Under-hydration can also make you weaker and less powerful and reduce your ability to perform intense exercise. Muscle strength drops by around 5.5% and explosive power by about 5.8%. Not having enough water in your body can affect how much force you can generate.
And with reduced performance, the risk of injury escalates, too.
So, electrolytes increase hydration and, with that, boost your chances of performing well and achieving the results you want.
But how else can electrolytes help?
Calcium: better muscle and nerve function
Calcium — the mineral we usually think of in terms of bone health — is essential for muscle contraction, nerve function, and metabolism. Each factors that are important for any kind of movement, including exercise.
With insufficient calcium levels, muscle contraction might be impaired, and muscle cramps and pain may result. Nerve function is impacted. Low intake increases the incidence of stress fractures.
Exercise induces a modest loss of this mineral. Given an estimated one in five women does not consume enough calcium and that supplementation may reduce this modest loss, ensuring a sufficient intake is sensible.
Phosphate: powering your performance
Phosphate is little discussed, but this salt makes up around 1% of total body weight. While vital for robust bones and teeth, it’s also essential in glycolysis (the breakdown of glucose) and plays a role in your blood’s ability to carry oxygen. This may be why it has exercise-enhancing properties.
Phosphate supplementation improves total work output, sprint performance, cycling power output, and VO2Peak.
Potassium: more than just bananas
When we think of potassium, bananas tend to spring to mind. The popular fruit is seen on many sports fields and courts. For good reason!
This mineral supports healthy nerve and muscle function and moves nutrients and waste into and from your body’s cells. This can boost performance and recovery.
When you begin to exercise, your skeletal muscles contract and trigger the release of potassium. This results in higher amounts in the blood and less in and between the cells. This change may trigger muscular fatigue.
It becomes harder to push and perform when your muscles are weary. No wonder low potassium levels can cause fatigue and cramping!
Magnesium: supercharging your performance and recovery
Known as the “great relaxer,” magnesium plays many bodily roles — including during exercise. It’s unsurprising, then, that low intracellular levels negatively impact muscular performance: muscle damage, weakness, and poorer recovery may result. Or that adequate levels have a positive effect.
One study showed that 400mg daily magnesium supplementation may prevent muscle damage in basketball players. The researchers conducted further research that found supplementing with the same amount “has a modest effect in maintaining muscle integrity… permitting muscle recovery from intense and strenuous exercise.”
In short, magnesium supplementation enhances recovery. But the benefits don’t stop here.
An article published in Nutrients noted evidence showing several benefits between muscle performance and magnesium status. These include increased grip strength, enhanced power through the legs, knees, and ankles, more vigorous trunk flexion and rotation, and better jumping performance.
The conclusion: adequate magnesium improves muscular performance.
Electrolytes: maximizing your results
Electrolytes like calcium, phosphate, potassium, and magnesium are powerhouse minerals that keep your body firing on all cylinders. They’re not just about hydration — they’re your secret weapon for performance, injury prevention, and recovery.
But getting them in the correct quantity and quality matters: enter AminoLoad!
AminoLoad contains L-glutamine, a dipeptide. As discussed earlier, this may boost hydration better than water alone without the stomach ache.
We’ve included coconut water. A practical, natural way to get magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
You’ll also receive Calci-K, a blend of calcium and phosphate, and 400mg of magnesium per serving.
AminoLoad has been uniquely blended to max your results. To keep you hydrated, performing well, and recovering quickly.
As Erika R. said, “This stuff is AMAZING, to say the least. Totally feel a difference when I use it post-workout for muscle recovery.”