Developed by expert nutritionists
Co-Founder and Sports Nutritionist Huw Stradling has overseen the development of Active Root and the use of ginger. He has experience working with top level sports teams across the UK and within the military.

Here he discusses the key benefits of Active Root for sport and also looks into some of the extra health benefits and history of ginger.
What's in it?
In every drink of Active Root we endeavour to enhance your performance through 3 means - by BALANCING, FUELLING and HYDRATING. We believe that having a BALANCED stomach enables you to FUEL and HYDRATE more effectively which therefore leads to you performing better. We believed that to achieve a calmer more settled stomach it requires a clean ingredient list - Active Root contains no chemicals or sweeteners, just natural ingredients. Click on the headings below for more details:
Balance

But how exactly does Active Root ginger cause you to feel better during exercise? 

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol which is a relative of the compounds that chilli peppers and tumeric contain. When consumed, gingerol helps sooth the stomach by relaxing the muscles in the gut and therefore releasing stomach contents into the small intestine. It also has a calmative effect, helping the expulsion of excess gas and thereby reducing bloating and stomach discomfort. The ginger that Active Root uses has been specially selected due to its high gingerol ratio.  Active Root ginger contains 204mg of gingerol, the equivalent of 4g of ginger, well over the threshold daily amount proven to prevent nausea (1.1-1.5grams according to research done by the U.S. National Institute of Health).


But why does this help me perform better?

Simply, Active Root helps settle the stomach and alleviate bloating- no one wants to feel sick when exercising! 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 or post race bloating. (De Oliveira & Jeukendrup, 2013). 

Fuel

But how much fuel do you need and what type is best?

The body needs between 80-90g of carbohydrate per hour when performing high intensity exercise. But the bodies’ ability to process this is dependent upon what type of carbohydrate it is being fuelled with and how it is absorbed in the gut. For example, the small intestine can only absorb 60g of glucose per hour, therefore if your fuel source only contains glucose, you are only going to be able to 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 lead to spikes in blood sugar levels. 
 

How is Active Root Better? 

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 2 types of sugars with differing methods of absorption, the small intestine is more able to absorb the maximum amount of fuel needed for the body to function. On top of this, Active Root cane sugar has a lower glycemic index that's similar to bananas and dates. This helps deliver steadier fuel delivery with fewer peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels.

Hydrate

When the body becomes dehydrated your electrolyte levels become unbalanced which can lead to inhibited performance through cramping, queasiness and heat stroke.
 

How does Active Root help hydration?

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 just sodium. 

It is therefore far more efficient at re-hydrating the body and keeping electrolytes in balance. Balanced electrolytes create an osmotic gradient allowing 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.

History & Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as a result of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans. The Indians and ancient Chinese used the root of ginger as a tonic to treat common ailments. In the 14th century, ginger was an extremely valuable commodity, a pounds worth being traded at the same rate 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 all the way from India where it is originally cultivated over 5,000 years ago and is processed by hand in the same way today.
 

Medicinal qualities

As well as helping reduce nausea and sickness, it is claimed that ginger has the following beneficial effects:
    •    Is an anti-inflammatory that can ease joint pains
    •    Aids digestion
    •    Improves absorption of nutrients
    •    Lowers cholesterol
    •    Thins the blood - akin to aspirin
    •    Relieves morning and sea sickness
    •    Ginger has a sialagogue action, stimulating the production of saliva, which makes swallowing easier.
    •    Increasing Thermogenesis - warming the body