The Science Behind Our Formulation
Our Endurance Fuel formulation was developed with the assistance of a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition and a registered dietician.
We want to give Endurance Athletes access to formulas that are designed to maximize their athletic performance. We developed HYDRO POWER with the newest and most advanced scientific endurance formulations to assist endurance athletes in attaining their best performance. We found the ideal amount of electrolytes based upon the amount of electrolytes that endurance athletes sweat out from our research and testing. An explanation of Hydro Power’s formula and their functions are listed below.
Having carbohydrates in our Endurance Fuel is imperative for optimal performance for aerobic events lasting longer than 1 hour. From our scientific research, we have found that we need 60g-80g of carbs per hour. The goal is to keep your glycogen storages filled up, so you have the maximum amount of energy. With our 2:1 glucose to fructose ratio, it is the fastest way we can digest carbs and convert them into energy. With that mixture, it ensures smooth energy throughout. We have 39g of mixed carbs per scoop to maximize your performance. With our recommendation of 2 scoops per hour you hit the target of 79 grams of carbs per hour.
Glucose from maltodextrin is a hard-hitting carbohydrate, while fructose is a longer lasting carbohydrate because it is derived from fruit. Glucose (derived from a glucose source or hydrolysis of maltose, maltodextrin, glucose polymers, or starch) and galactose are transported across the intestinal mucosa via the energy-dependent sodium-glucose link transporter (SGLT1), whereas fructose utilizes GLUT5, either be hydrolyzed into glucose and fructose or utilize its own disaccharide transporter SCRT.
Sodium attracts and holds water, so the sodium in the blood helps maintain the liquid portion of the blood. Sodium is the positively charged ion outside our body cells and is mostly found in blood, plasma, and lymph fluid. This creates one-half of the electrical pump that keeps electrolytes in balance between the intracellular and extracellular environments – with sodium outside of cells and potassium inside of cells. Sodium in our Endurance Fuel is crucial for an endurance athlete because it maintains fluid balance, cognitive function, nerve impulses, and muscle contractions.
Sodium in our Endurance Fuel will help facilitate glucose and water absorption to perform your best. We have 750mg of sodium and chloride to make sure you’re performing at your peak without any cramps. When you're dehydrated your blood becomes more thick, so not only does your blood carry less oxygen, you have a harder time filtering blood through your kidneys. Sodium helps to increase blood volume so you have a better cardiovascular system, better stamina, better endurance, and better recovery from training.
Potassium is the major positively charged ion inside cells, with sodium outside cells, and forms the other half of the electrical pump that keeps electrolytes in balance. Potassium is important for intracellular rehydration. It is extremely important for regulating heartbeat and muscle function, allows conductivity between cells as well as being a critical part of neuron transmission. We lose potassium when we sweat, so it is an essential part of our Endurance Fuel. That is why we have 82.5mg per serving.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and is essential for the formation of bones and teeth. It is also critical for the transmission of nerve impulses, blood clotting and muscle contraction. During exercise, calcium-dependent enzymes produce energy from fatty and amino acid conversion. When exertion exceeds two hours, this can provide 60-65% of our energy needs. Since fatty acids are such an important fuel during endurance exercise, it is critical to have adequate calcium available to efficiently convert them into energy. If there is not enough calcium in our blood, the body extracts it from our bones to supplement the deficiency. You guessed it; we have 75mg of Calcium per serving.
The fourth most prevalent mineral in the human body, magnesium, helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, boosts the immune system, maintains stable heart rate, stabilizes blood sugar, and promotes the formation of bones and teeth. As a matter of fact, it is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is essential to every cell of every living organism.
Much like the interdependence between sodium and potassium, magnesium and calcium are also physiological partners. When calcium flows into working muscle cells, the muscle contracts. When calcium leaves and magnesium replace it, the muscle relaxes. Many enzymatic reactions necessary for fuel conversion to muscular energy occur because of adequate magnesium. That’s why we have 24.31 mg per serving.
Due to the importance of niacin, or vitamin B3, in the electron transport chain, a supplementing vitamin B3 has been proposed to increase the performance in high-intensity activities that demand the appearance of great moments of strength. The International Olympic Movement states that an increase in niacin intake increases your energy utilization.
The role of vitamins B is to maintain the production and break down of important components like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Vitamin B3 has been observed in improving mental ability and decreasing lethargy and tiredness. Vitamin B6 is used for converting the foods we eat into energy our bodies can use during training. Vitamin B12 is needed in order to produce and maintain your blood cells, nerves, and DNA. In summary, Vitamin B is used to increase performance for an athlete by converting food into energy and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin C is important for immune health, so it's imperative that athletes get enough vitamin C as it may help prevent or reduce the length of colds and respiratory tract infections, meaning less training time lost to illness. Vitamin C plays an important role in slowing down processes that cause cell damage in the body. One example is inflammation caused by training. For this reason, vitamin C can be beneficial in assisting with sports recovery and also supporting return from injury.
The Bottom Line
Our Endurance Fuel efficiently hydrates and delivers 39g of carbohydrates per serving of fast-absorbing energy. Our smooth taste is gentle on the stomach, minimizing any risk of GI discomfort, even during hard training sessions and races. Planned and consistent electrolyte intake during endurance exercise is critically important. Our Endurance Fuel has the right amount of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins to replace lost electrolytes and to optimize your performance. In the end, it provides immediate and long lasting energy, eliminates muscle cramping, delays fatigue, increase stamina, and mental clarity. Our goal is to give the athletes access to industry leading formulas to push them further and to get a leg up against the competition! Check out HYDRO POWER here!