The Benefits of Natural Ingredients in your sports drink

Posted by William 26/10/2018 0 Comment(s)

Unlike most sports nutrition brands, Active Root ONLY uses natural ingredients.

What’s more, if you look at the ingredients of Active Root, you will only see 4-5 natural ingredients listed, compared to the paragraphs that are usually displayed by other sport and energy drink products.

Benefits of natural energy drinks

In this article we discuss the clear benefits to sporting performance of using natural ingredients instead of the standard man-made, additive strewn sports energy drinks and products.

Who is Aspartame? 

First let’s start by looking at the ingredients list of an Active Root Original Ginger sachet compared to a random competitor’s ingredients:

Active Root Ingredients Competitor Ingredients
Ginger Maltodextrin
Sea salt Maize
Cane Sugar Fructose
Citric Acid Citric Acid
  Sodium Chloride
  Sodium Citrate
  Potassium Lactate
  Calcium Lactate
  Potassium Chloride
  Natural Flavouring...

Natural Energy Drink

I’m not sure about you, but I really don’t know what half of those ingredients are, what they do or where they come from. So why are we still happy to put it in our bodies? 

I think it’s due to two factors. Firstly, there seems to be an unwritten rule that the more confusing and scientific the ingredients list looks, the more credible it is.

Secondly, there also seems to be a fallacy that the general public should remain ignorant when it comes to what they should be putting in their bodies during exercise and simply comply with what ‘insert brand name’ says is good for them.

But neither of these factors make sense. There is no reason to use anything new or seemingly more scientific when exercising, in fact, it is more likely to cause your performance to be diminished by gut bombs and blood sugar crashes. Let’s look at this in more detail. 

Clean fuel, clean underwear

The ginger in Active Root is the main protagonist in soothing your stomach, but the use of natural ingredients such as Green Tea, also helps alleviate the chances of stomach discomfort. Quite simply, there is nothing in Active Root that is unnatural or unusual to normal diets and therefore doesn’t cause your stomach distress.

On the other hand, much sports nutrition uses additives and preservatives that are both unnatural and unusual to a standard diet. You are already putting your body through increased physical stress and taking on these unusual ingredients will only add to this. It is no wonder your stomach is likely to moan after such an attack! 

natural energy drink

Keep things simple

This source of our fuel is something we regularly find ourselves in discussion about. Active Root uses unbleached cane sugar which is a natural disaccharide, i.e. it is naturally made up of 2 types of sugar: glucose and fructose. But the simplicity of our fuel source is sometimes questioned by customers who are used to various and confusing sources for their carbohydrate. It is as if the more confusing and seemingly scientific the ingredient, the more credibility it is given. In reality the reasons for using man made sugars such as maltodextrin is that they are a much, much cheaper ingredient. The downside for the consumer, maltodextrin has a a very high glycemic index level, this leads to spikes in blood sugar levels and as it is an unnatural fuel source it plays havoc with your guts. On the other hand, simple, natural raw cane sugar is much easier on the stomach and has a much lower glycemic index. This leads to a slower realise of fuel and better sporting performance. 

Drink something that tastes good!

For me, one of the best benefits of Active Root is that it actually tastes great and doesn’t leave a sickly, chemical taste in your mouth. It’s actually something you want to drink! This is because the taste is naturally derived from the ginger, mint or green tea rather than flavour additives. So rather than wrenching or quickly getting flavour fatigue, you’re always reaching for the sports bottle looking for another swig of Active Root! 

Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free vegetrain, vegan, glutent free energy drink

One of the key benefits of having such a simple set of natural ingredients is that Active Root is suitable for nearly all dietary requirements. Each of the Active Root’s team’s partners is either coeliac or vegan so it was an important personal requirement when creating the Active Root formula.

It can sometimes actually be difficult finding out whether something suits your dietary needs when there is a massive list of confusing ingredients, particularly if you are vegan. On the other hand, by only having 4-5 clearly defined ingredients Active Root is a trustworthy source of nutrition.

Benefits of unrefined Sea Salt vs refined salt

Active Root uses unrefined sea salt as its source of electrolytes. Because it hasn’t been chemically refined, our sea salt retains all the essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and not just sodium. It composition means it is natural way to prevent dehydration and cramping and their adverse effects.

Active Root - Natural Performance Fuel

If you are looking for a natural sports drink that’s free of chemicals, tastes great and helps you feel and perform great then Active Root is for you.

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