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USING ACTIVE ROOT
Learn how our drinks and gels can help keep you balanced, fuelled and hydrated during all forms of training and racing.
There are three different types of Active Root product - Sports Drinks, Gel Mix & ElectroLite - all help to keep the stomach behaving normally, but with varying amounts of fuel and hydration. Below you will find the details of what each of our product ranges contains and example nutrition plans.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
Understanding how much fuel and hydration you need can be tricky. It depends on how strenuous the exercise is, how long you are exercising for, how much you weigh and the temperature of your environment.
The best place to start is the actual functionality of each product i.e. what it's going to do to help you perform and keep you going. The functionality of sports nutrition is usually divided into 'Fuel' and 'Hydration' and with Active Root we also have 'Balance' i.e. how much is the product going to settle your stomach.
Below are also a set of example activities which demonstrate how to use Active Root.
Stomach Settling - Ginger
Let's start with the ingredient most pertinent to Active Root as it's the easiest to digest... It's simple, all our products contain 204mg of ginger per serving, the proven optimal amount to keep your stomach settled and help prevent nausea and bloating.
Fuel - Cane Sugar
When working at a steady intensity, you need about 60g of carbohydrate per hour to keep fuelled. Both our Sports Drink and Gel Mix contain about 50% of this per serving, whereas Active Root ElectroLite only contains about 1/8. A lot of athletes work backwards from the 60g of carbs p/hour mark to work out what they should be taking in. In the case of Active Root that would mean: 1) 1x Gel Mix serving & 1x Sports Drink serving; 2) 2x Gel Mix servings and 1x ElectroLite serving or 3) 2x Sports Drinks servings, to get you to the 60g p/hour mark.
Hydrate - Sea Salt
Hydration is probably the most difficult element to measure as there's very little evidence as to 'how much' you need per hour. Both our Sports Drink and ElectroLite have 400mg of sea salt p/serving, in line with industry standard for rehydration products. Without any reliable evidence it's hard to be exact, but we'd provide two bits of advice. Even if it's not hot, you're going to sweat so make sure some form of hydration is part of your plan (take more than you expect to need), especially if you're going to be out for a long time. And, like fueling, try to drink little and often.
How To Use Active Root During Your Training Or Racing
After working out what you need, the next thing is to think about how and whether it's possible to take it with you. For instance, if you're running a marathon, you won't be able to rely upon 6x 500ml Active Root bottles. You'd probably take one bottle and a couple of 150ml gel soft flasks. If you're riding a sportive however, you'll probably have 2x bottle cages and a couple of pockets for soft flasks in your cycle jersey.
The golden rule when it comes to nutrition is 'try before race day', multiple times if you can. All Active Root products are light tasting and easy to digest The last thing you want is to hate the taste of the fuel that you're going to be using for the next 3 hours, or not be able to get your soft flask out of your waist belt without stopping and taking it off! We hope this goes some way in explaining how you could create an Active Root nutrition plan. We've attached some recent examples from our own racing/training below as well as a guide to using Before/During or After. As always, if you have any questions please get in touch here at firstname.lastname@example.org
4hr HILLY CYCLE
- 1x 750ml bottle of Sports Drink
- 2x 750ml bottles of Sports Drink (Original and Peppermint)
- Additional x2 drink sachets to be filled at a water station
- 3x Gel Mix servings (1 flask)
- 3x caffeinated Gel Mix servings (1 flask)
- 2x 750ml bottle of Sports Drink (Green Tea)
I love this stuff, and no longer use any other energy drink product. I use it on my long training runs and during ultra-marathon races. It tastes great and I have never had any stomach problems when using it. Can't ask for more.
I have been using this product for 18 months, and I find it fantastic. I use it on sportives and triathlons and it is much easier to drink on the bike than other brands. I will continue to use this product through my training to do my first Ironman in Wales in September.
I don’t usually do this type of think but felt inspired to drop you an email. Being a long term sufferer of bowel disease, I often had to choose between having the energy to finish a ultra bike or running event, or facing the potential race ending effect most energy products have on my stomach. That was until I discovered your products! To say that they are the holy grail of energy supplements to me is an understatement, so thank you very much.
Very happy customer
As an ultra runner, I have been on a mission to find sustenance that I can tolerate for hours at a time. I used Active Root at a recent British 100 km Championship and I never got fed up of the taste, I never bonked, I felt there was a steady stream of energy throughout the race.
Robert - Ultra Runner
While using Active Root I have never felt the weakness set in when using just water, or nausea that can come from overly sweet sports drinks.
Riding long distances can be really testing for the digestive system. I have found that Active Root really calms my stomach helping me to maintain an appetite. The spice makes it great on the palette too and a refreshing change from the sweet drinks and snacks so often consumed when exercising. It has now become a integral part of my routine.