Stay Hydrated and Energized with NOW® Foods Effer-Hydrate Tablets

Disclaimer: I received NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy tablets to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

You only have to do a quick search online on the importance of hydration and results are unanimous — hydration is critical to the optimal functioning of our physical bodies.

As a runner, or athlete, our bodies also need electrolytes to aid in our recovery.

Electrolytes are chemicals that conduct electricity when mixed with water. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue. The muscles and neurons are sometimes referred to as the “electric tissues” of the body.

Everything you need to know about electrolytes – Medical News Today

I am terrible at staying hydrated. I’ve said it many times before. Especially during the winter, I just don’t feel like I need as much water when I’m exercising. I know this is bad and I need to improve. This was one of the reasons I wanted to try out NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy tablets.

I received my sample pack just before Christmas, which included the flavors, Lemon-Lime, Orange Strawberry, Tropical Punch and Mixed Berry.

The tablets dissolve easily and quickly in water, giving the water a slight carbonation feel and flavor. I have used them on rest days, before runs, during runs, and post runs.

One thing I did notice was, when dissolved in bottles that I ran with, because of the “fizziness” the bottles would leak a little from all the shaking around. This can be alleviated by shaking the bottles well and releasing the pressure before starting to run.

My favorite flavor is, by far, Mixed Berry, while my second go-to is Tropical Punch, as it is designed to provide a little more energy. *

I keep a tube on my desk so that I remember to pop a tablet in my glass of water while I work. Since I have a few tubes I can place them in other places, like the car, where I can just drop in a water bottle to hydrate and replenish on the go.

In previous training cycles, I’ve often made the mistake of over-training, and this ends up derailing all the hard work I’ve put in. So far, my current training cycle is going well. I’m running less miles, running only “quality” runs. This gives my body time to recover between sessions, and the NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy supplements have been helping with that recovery.

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Before you go, check out other reviews from fellow BibRave Pros: Izzy, Phil, Cynthia, Angela, Katy, Francisco, & Leslie.

Science In Sport Isotonic Gels! Review + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

MRC testing some SiS gels on a long run!

I was pretty keen to try SiS gels as I know they are quite popular with my running friends in the UK. I received a very generous supply of SiS gels to test — Double Espresso, Apple, Salted Strawberry, and Lemon & Mint.

First The Science

So what’s all this Isotonic malarkey?! If you’ve taken gels before, you’ll probably know that you’re supposed to consume them with water. Isotonic gels are designed to be consumed without water, minimizing the risk of being bloated that can sometimes occur with over-drinking.

The isotonic formula allows the gel to empty from the stomach quickly as no fluid needs to be drawn into your stomach to dilute the gel, providing fast energy.

The SiS gel consistency is more watery than most other gels, which makes them real easy to consume on the run. The gel packs are also larger than regular gels, so you’ll need a little extra room to carry multiple gels packs on a longer run.

I had no problems carrying my normal supply (1 gel pack for every 5 miles) in my Flipbelt and Amphipod vest.

Now The Flavors

The “Double Espresso” gel has a 150mg boost of caffeine. When I group tested this pack, some of the crew did seem to benefit from the espresso jolt, sprinting to the finish of our long run.

I didn’t think I’d like the strong coffee flavor, actually I thought I’d hate it, but I didn’t! It was surprisingly palatable. However, due to the stronger flavor this gel is more suited pre-run (or post) as the caffeine effects can take up to one hour to kick in.

The yummy Apple flavor was my go-to for most runs, and the only isotonic flavor I was given to test. It had a subtle apple taste and was real easy to consume. This was also a group favorite as well.

Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint gels are packed full of extra electrolytes, but since these flavors are not isotonic, it’s recommended you consume some water along with them. If I’m on a long run that requires gels, I’m normally carrying water anyway.

When I shared out some gels with my running group, a couple of them commented on how the Salted Strawberry tasted like Guava Juice. I’ve never had Guava Juice, so I can’t compare!

I do have to say, I love these flavor combinations, they’re so fancy, and they definitely bring something a little different to the usual gel offerings.

As I mentioned above, the consistency of all these flavors is similar. They are not watery to the point they can be poured from the packet, which is great, as that may have caused issues for runners trying to consume them on the run!

Again, science, people.

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Yes, it’s true, Science In Sport want to give away a pack of 6 gels each to 2 of my lovely social media followers. Go to the following post on Instagram, follow me, @alastairvance (if you haven’t already) and follow @scienceinsport. Then in the Instagram comments, tag two of your running buddies who could do with an energy boost. Easy peasey lemon squeezy.

Everyone’s A Winner, Baby, That’s The Truth

Didn’t win the drawing? Well, everyone is a winner here. Using code TRYSIS25 you can save 25% off your order on scienceinsport.com.

And Finally…

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Beat The Heat with Ultima Replenisher

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Sometimes water is not enough.

When we sweat, our bodies are not just losing water, they are losing electrolytes, which play a vital role in how our bodies perform. So if we just drink water, we’re not replacing those essential ingredients (especially sodium) to help us from feeling rough during a workout (and probably for a while after).

The body reacts badly when we drink too much water (without the necessary electrolytes), and dilute our blood’s sodium concentration. This can result in headaches, sickness and fatigue.

Ultima Replenisher is a solution to this problem, and it happens to be a very tasty one. You can drink Ultima before, during and after your workouts. It comes in a number of different flavors, and the powder is very quick to mix up.

Ultima Replenisher is made with all 6 balanced electrolytes plus support minerals, real fruit flavors, plant-based colors, sweetened naturally with organic stevia leaf extract and no sugar, carbs or calories, ever!

It comes in 5 flavors — Orange, Cherry Pomegranate, Lemon, Raspberry, and Grape. My favorite flavor is Cherry Pomegranate, with Lemon being a close second.

My wife was out in the garden yesterday, planting flowers and spreading mulch in North Carolina heat and humidity. I quickly made her up a bottle of Lemon Ultima Replenisher and she loved it. She commented that the sweetness did not taste fake like other electrolyte based drinks we’ve tested.

After being out for a month because of an injury, I’m finding coming back to running and adjusting to the humidity outside has been difficult. I missed out on that transition period between Spring and Summer. Fortunately, Ultima Replenisher is helping me acclimatize a bit easier.

If you want to try it out for yourself, make sure and use the following discount code. Use code “ULBRAVE19″ for 10% off at the amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher storefront

How do You replenish after a workout?

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Athletes have so many options these days when it comes to “sports drinks” designed to replace electrolytes. What attracted me to Ultima Replenisher was the fact their formula contains zero carbs, zero sugar and zero artificial ingredients.

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Go Farther with Gatorade Endurance

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance formula and energy gels to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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If you’ve been following my Instagram feed and/or Twitter feed recently, you’ll know I’ve been using Gatorade Endurance formula and energy gels in my training runs. Gatorade Endurance are releasing new flavors and I received some samples (via BibRave) to review on my blog.

The timing of this review couldn’t be better. We’ve had some really unseasonably hot weather here in North Carolina. Morning runs have been in mid-eighties with high humidity, and evening runs have been close to one hundred degrees.

The Gatorade Endurance line of products are not like the normal Gatorade you buy in the store. Gatorade Endurance is designed for endurance athletes and adds extra sodium and potassium to take you farther.

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