We are dedicated to developing nutrition that helps you in three key ways - balancing your stomach and keeping you fuelled and hydrated.


How does Active Root ginger make you feel better during exercise?

The ginger in Active Root can help contribute towards a normally functioning settled stomach and prevent bloating. Studies have shown that up to 90% of athletes experience some form of gastric discomfort during exercise, whether it’s pre-race nerves before, feeling sick during the event or bloating afterwards. (De Oliveira & Jeukendrup, 2013).

Active Root contains a compound called gingerol which is a relative of the compounds found in chilli peppers and turmeric. It has been suggested that gingerol can contribute to soothing the stomach by relaxing the muscles in the gut, so that stomach contents are released into the small intestine. It may also have a calming effect, so it helps get rid of excess gas, thus reducing bloating and stomach discomfort. The ginger that Active Root uses has been specially selected because of its high gingerol ratio.

How much ginger?

Research states that it's safe to consume up to 5g (5000mg) of powdered ginger per day. All Active Root drinks contain 204mg of ginger root extract per serving, Gel Mix contains 102mg per serving.and Energy Chews contain 140mg per cube.

Many peer reviewed scientific studies have suggested up to 5000mg of daily ginger dosage may help alleviate stomach discomfort and contribute to normal gut function.

Depending on exertion levels we recommend drinking one 500-750ml bottle of Active Root drink per hour, up to 3 servings of Gel Mix OR 6 Energy Chews. Doing this will help keep your stomach balanced and allow you to perform your best.


How much fuel do you need?

The body needs 80-90g of carbohydrate per hour during high intensity exercise. The body’s ability to process this 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 66% 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 Fuel Better?

All Active Root products use high quality unbleached natural cane sugar as the main fuel source. Unbleached cane sugar is a natural disaccharide which is made up of two carbohydrate types - 50% glucose and 50% fructose. At a molecular level glucose and fructose are absorbed differently in the intestine - research has proven that by combining these two carbohydrates types together you can actually increase the amount of calories absorbed by your body by up to 40% compared to just glucose. This means you can provide your working muscles with extra fuel.

Unbleached cane sugar has a lower glycemic index than pure glucose or maltodextrin and is comparable to bananas and dates. This helps to provide steadier fuel delivery with fewer peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels.

Regular Active Root Sports Drink contains 33g of cane sugar per 500ml drink. Active Root Electrolite contains 8g per 500ml drink, Gel Mix 24g per 37.5ml serving and Energy Chews 36g per 6 chews. By combining our sports drinks and gels together you can get 80-90g of carbs per hour giving you the energy your muscles need to function.


How do Active Root drinks help keep you optimally hydrated?

Our sports drinks are an isotonic solution that is formulated to help enhance your hydration levels. All our drinks contain either 400mg or 800mg of sea salt per 500ml serving. Sea salt delivers essential sodium to the blood stream and trace minerals that aid electrolyte balance.

Hydration plays an important role in the Active Root Balance, Fuel, Hydrate formula. Taking on fuel in liquid form aids effective absorption of glucose and fructose, helping deliver vital energy to the body. Drinking balancing ginger in a liquid form ensures it reaches the gut and is more easily absorbed. Therefore the Active Root Balance, Fuel and Hydrate formula works in harmony with you body to support your performance.

Why is it important to avoid dehydration during exercise?

Athletes undertaking activity sweat 400mg of salt per hour and up to 1100mg/l in extreme heat and exertion.[1]. In the Active Root nutrition range, we use 800mg per ElectroLite+ serving, 400mg per Sports Drink serving and 100mg per 50ml gel. Combining these two nutrition sources together ensures you get enough salt per hour of exercise.

When the body is dehydrated, electrolyte levels become unbalanced, leading to reduced performance. Dehydration not only means that you have a greater chance of being hampered by cramping, queasiness and heat stroke, but your physical performance will also deteriorate. This is because decreased blood volume can lead to reduced cardiac output and muscle contraction. It's actually far more common for performance to become hindered by dehydration than a lack of fuel.

Salt attracts fluid, so the more salt that's in your bloodstream (within the usage range above), the higher your blood volume. A higher blood volume decreases the amount of effort your heart has to do. As a result, it doesn’t have to beat as fast to move the same amount of blood through your body. The result is that exercise feels easier

[1] Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (Dunford and Doyle, 2015)

The sea salt in Active Root comes from the Black Sea. Mainly containing sodium and chloride, it also contains trace minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. These trace minerals provide elements of the electrolytes in their natural form, aiding hydration, stopping muscle weakness, and reducing cramp.

Some of the frequent questions we get asked explained



Ginger has been used to cure nausea and sea sickness since ancient Chinese times. However, until now, its athletic performance benefits have never been properly applied. Active Root uses natural root ginger in all its products to help soothe the stomach and prevent gastric discomfort before, during and after exercise. Studies have shown that 30%-50% of endurance athletes suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort.

That’s hardly surprising given the impact on the body of activities such as running, cycling and swimming. Further information on how ginger can make you feel better during exercise are in our science section.


All ingredients in Active Root are familiar and natural: our base is always unbleached cane sugar, citric acid, sea salt and natural root ginger. We have configured these ingredients into a formula that helps keep the body balanced, fuelled and hydrated for longer than similar products. All our products are completely free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives and colours.


Yes! All the ingredients in Active Root are suitable for vegans and are produced using methods that do not introduce or use meat or derivatives of meat. Our products are manufactured under strict hygiene guidelines where no contaminants can be introduced to the recipe.


Active Root can be drunk before, during and after exercise.

  • Sports Drink Mix is designed for pre and during.
  • ElectroLite Mix is designed for day to day, pre and during.
  • Hot Recovery Mix is designed for post.


All Active Root powders are designed to dissolve rapidly into water. Simply add the required amount of powder to your bottle or soft flask and shake for 30 seconds or more. In the case of a soft flask it can be squeezed to ensure all areas of the powder are dissolved into the water. Active Root contains all natural sugars therefore it doesn't leave a nasty residue in your bottles.


You can buy Active Root online, at high street retailers and at events.