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Heriot WattScience behind Ginger

Co-Founder and Sports Nutritionist Huw Stradling has overseen the development of Active Root. His studies produced evidence on the benefits of ginger in reducing gastrointestinal disturbances during exercise.The study at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh has since been peer reviewed and can be viewed here. Below Huw discusses the key benefits of Active Root for sport and looks into some of the extra health benefits associated with ginger.

 

Let’s start with what we’re trying to do.

The aim of Active Root is to enhance your performance through BALANCING, FUELLING and HYDRATING. We believe that having a BALANCED stomach enables you to take on FUEL and HYDRATE more effectively. That means you perform better.


How does ginger help balance & calm your stomach? 

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol which is a relative of the compounds found in chilli peppers and tumeric. Gingerol helps sooth the stomach by relaxing the muscles in the gut so that stomach contents are released into the small intestine. It also has a calming effect, so it helps get rid of excess gas and as a result reduces bloating and stomach discomfort. The ginger that Active Root uses has been specially selected because of its high gingerol ratio. Active Root ginger contains 204mg of ginger root extract which is the equivalent of 4g of raw ginger. This is well above the threshold daily amount proven to prevent nausea (1.1-1.5grams according to research done by the US National Institute of Health).

How does Active Root help you fuel?

The body needs 80-90g of carbohydrate per hour during high intensity exercise. The body’s ability to process depends on the type of carbohydrate and how it is absorbed. For example, the small intestine can only absorb 60g of glucose per hour. So, if your fuel source only contains glucose, you will only process 2/3 of the recommended hourly amount. Sugars such as maltodextrin and glucose also have a high glycemic index and are more likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels.How is Active Root Better than other sports drinks?n Active Root uses 32.7g of naturally occurring cane sugar sucrose, a dissacharide which is made up of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Because it is a mix of two types of sugars with differing methods of absorption, it is easier for the small intestine to absorb the maximum amount of fuel needed for the body to function. Active Root cane sugar also has a lower glycemic index that is similar to bananas and dates. This helps deliver steadier fuel delivery with fewer peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels.

How does Active Root help hydration?

When the body is dehydrated, electrolyte levels become unbalanced. That can lead to performance being hampered by cramping, queasiness and heat stroke. Active Root contains natural sea salt to help keep you hydrated. Because Active Root’s sea salt is naturally occurring and unrefined, it retains all the essential natural minerals from the sea including magnesium and potassium – and not only sodium. That means it is more efficient at re-hydrating the body and keeping electrolytes in balance. Balanced electrolytes allow for a faster absorption of fluids from the gut. Active Root also contains a dash of citrus to help deliver a balanced easy-drinking fresh flavour that tastes great and is easy on the stomach.


The History of Ginger

Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as part of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans. The ancient Chinese used the root of ginger as a tonic to treat common ailments. In the 14th century, ginger was a valuable commodity – a pound in weight cost the same as a sheep! Fortunately, we're able to bring you Active Root at a slightly better price today! The ginger found in Active Root comes from India. It was originally cultivated there over 5,000 years ago and is hand processed in the same way today. Nowadays, Ginger is used as in homeopathic treatments for arthiritis, as an anti-inflamattory & of course as a natural remedy for various causes of sickness, such as pregnancy & motion sickness, as well as general nausea.

How does Active Root help you fuel?

The body needs 80-90g of carbohydrate per hour during high intensity exercise. The body’s ability to process depends on the type of carbohydrate and how it is absorbed. For example, the small intestine can only absorb 60g of glucose per hour. So, if your fuel source only contains glucose, you will only process 2/3 of the recommended hourly amount. Sugars such as maltodextrin and glucose also have a high glycemic index and are more likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels.How is Active Root Better than other sports drinks?n Active Root uses 32.7g of naturally occurring cane sugar sucrose, a dissacharide which is made up of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Because it is a mix of two types of sugars with differing methods of absorption, it is easier for the small intestine to absorb the maximum amount of fuel needed for the body to function. Active Root cane sugar also has a lower glycemic index that is similar to bananas and dates. This helps deliver steadier fuel delivery with fewer peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels.

How does Active Root help hydration?

When the body is dehydrated, electrolyte levels become unbalanced. That can lead to performance being hampered by cramping, queasiness and heat stroke. Active Root contains natural sea salt to help keep you hydrated. Because Active Root’s sea salt is naturally occurring and unrefined, it retains all the essential natural minerals from the sea including magnesium and potassium – and not only sodium. That means it is more efficient at re-hydrating the body and keeping electrolytes in balance. Balanced electrolytes allow for a faster absorption of fluids from the gut. Active Root also contains a dash of citrus to help deliver a balanced easy-drinking fresh flavour that tastes great and is easy on the stomach.


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