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

Here he discusses the key benefits of Active Root for sport and looks into some of the extra health benefits associated with ginger.
What's in it?

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. We believe that if you want to have a calmer, more settled stomach, you need to use clean ingredients. That’s why Active Root contains no chemicals or sweeteners – everything is natural.

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Balance

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

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 the equivalent of 4g of raw ginger. That’s 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).

Why does this help me perform better?

Active Root helps settle the 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). 

Fuel

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 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?

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.

 


Hydrate

When the body is dehydrated, electrolyte levels become unbalanced. That can lead to performance being hampered by 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 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.

Health Benefits

Medicinal qualities

As well as helping reduce nausea and sickness, ginger is also regarded as having the following beneficial effects:

    •    Helps ease joint pains through its anti-inflammatory qualities
    •    Aids digestion
    •    Improves absorption of nutrients
    •    Lowers cholesterol
    •    Thins the blood – akin to aspirin
    •    Relieves morning and sea sickness
    •    Stimulates the production of saliva, making it easier to swallow
    •    Warms the body

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 Indians and 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.