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Electrolytes question

I bought some Mango flavoured Electrolytes tablets from Coop. These to be precise-


https://www.powerbar.eu/en_INT/5elec...umber=24763146

I am trying to work out how many can I take max in one day? On the tube it says "1 Before, 2 During & 3 After". That seem like I could safely take 6 in one day

On the website under suggested usage it says- Max. 1 tablet/day
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Old 18.05.2021, 11:47
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Re: Electrolytes question

Numbers 1 to 3 indicate when not how many. So this product is recommended to be taken before or during your sport but not after.
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Old 18.05.2021, 11:58
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Re: Electrolytes question

It says to dissolve them in water to make a drink! You're not supposed to eat (or swallow) them. I suspect the largest benefit comes from the water.
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It says to dissolve them in water to make a drink! You're not supposed to eat (or swallow) them. I suspect the largest benefit comes from the water.

Yes I know I would love to see someone suck on it!

My question was how many tablets can I take in one day (yes dissolved in water). Seems 1 only!!!
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Old 18.05.2021, 12:30
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I bought some Mango flavoured Electrolytes tablets from Coop. These to be precise-


https://www.powerbar.eu/en_INT/5elec...umber=24763146

I am trying to work out how many can I take max in one day? On the tube it says "1 Before, 2 During & 3 After". That seem like I could safely take 6 in one day

On the website under suggested usage it says- Max. 1 tablet/day
Coconut water is also a good provider of electrolytes
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Old 18.05.2021, 12:31
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Coconut water is also a good provider of electrolytes

Greta minds. When I was out, I had already picked 8 packets
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Old 18.05.2021, 13:56
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I bought some Mango flavoured Electrolytes tablets from Coop. These to be precise-


https://www.powerbar.eu/en_INT/5elec...umber=24763146

I am trying to work out how many can I take max in one day? On the tube it says "1 Before, 2 During & 3 After". That seem like I could safely take 6 in one day

On the website under suggested usage it says- Max. 1 tablet/day
Judging by the ingredients - if you make them up in solution as suggested on the website, you could have as many as you wanted in one but you're probably going to suffer from too many trips to the bathroom before having too much of any of the ingredients.


10 tablets makes up 2.5 litres. You could easily drink that on a long run.
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Old 18.05.2021, 17:26
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Re: Electrolytes question

Basically, it's Gatorade.
Great for making Margaritas and such.
Enhances the alcohol intake too.
Here's a few recipes:
https://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks...orade-480.html
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Old 18.05.2021, 17:42
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Yes I know I would love to see someone suck on it!

My question was how many tablets can I take in one day (yes dissolved in water). Seems 1 only!!!
I don’t suck on them, but will chew quarters of them when I’m doing the run part of longer triathlons. The salts are completely needed and not snake oil as Bowlie seems to be suggesting and the taste and fizz give me something to take my mind of wondering what the hell I’m doing.

Outside of race conditions, I normally have one in my water bottle for training sessions and before I go to bed and when I get up as hangover prevention/alleviation.

In terms of how many, depends how dehydrated you are. I’d need to look on the tube, but several a day isn’t going to do you any harm on an infrequent basis.

It’s not Gatorade btw. That’s full of sugar. These are zero cal.
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Old 18.05.2021, 17:48
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Re: Electrolytes question

I don't think they do any better than water.. but hey if you feel a benefit..

When i cycled a lot i used them but mostly to flavour the water.. Regardless if i was doing 50km, 100km or 150km i just stuck one in my water bottle and off i went.. I just refilled with plain water from whatever fountain i found.

I tried a little extra and found no difference on longer rides, in fact for the ride around Lac Leman i just drank water and ate a couple of bananas.
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Old 18.05.2021, 18:00
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I don't think they do any better than water.. but hey if you feel a benefit..
They do. Hyponatremia is a real condition and can be fatal.

But, you'd need to be undertaking a lot of exercise, and drinking a lot of water.
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I tried a little extra and found no difference on longer rides, in fact for the ride around Lac Leman i just drank water and ate a couple of bananas.
Bananas did the same job for replenishing the electrolytes in your body. It's just that some people find it hard to get solid food whilst training/racing. When cycling, I prefer to eat bananas as well. Even though on really long rides I have a water bottle with plain water and a second one with an electrolytes/water mix.
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Old 18.05.2021, 18:39
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Re: Electrolytes question

before ..... during .... after ..... WHAT?
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They do. Hyponatremia is a real condition and can be fatal.

But, you'd need to be undertaking a lot of exercise, and drinking a lot of water.
Indeed, but even moderate amounts of exercise in hot conditions can severely deplete levels of some essential salts.

Back in the day when I was working on ships, out on the steel deck in >40degC we were fed 4*5 salt tablets daily to replenish what we lost in sweat, and drinking probably 4 or 5 litres of fluids per day as well. These days it's recognised that magnesium is better overall than sodium, but table salt is much easier to source in an emergency.

Emergency? Well yes, I've experienced this myself on many occasions, and in others too, where symptoms such as lethargy, general feeling shit, cramps (that's an obvious one) can go on for hours or even days, but be instantly resolved with a spoonful or two of salt dissolved in water.

I use magnesium tablets quite a lot when heavy exercising, like ski training in the springtime when it's quite hot, and frequently take them if I'm feeling a bit shit in the evening as a result.

Yes, water is important, but if you're drinking a lot of water to counter lots of sweating you're quite likely to reduce salt concentrations, so you really do need to keep them up.

Never tried any of the fancy "electrolyte" products, but I imagine they're equally effective. In fact, on checking the ingredients of the ones linked in the OP I see they also contain quite a lot of caffeine, so I'd be a little cautious. That's probably the dose-limiting factor about them, TBH.
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Old 18.05.2021, 21:21
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Greta minds. When I was out, I had already picked 8 packets
https://sortiment.lidl.ch/de/kokosnu...r-0136227.html

I do a lot of fasting and break with this one to restore electrolytes...all those processed supplements in this power bar... crazy, eg: Acid (citric acid), acidity regulator (sodium carbonates), humectant (sorbitol), potassium chloride, inulin, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, natural flavourings, magnesium hydroxide, starch, calcium phosphates, sweetener (sucralose), maltodextrin, beetroot juice powder, colour (lutein). No wonder to take 1 a day, just go clean and drink loads of this...

Why do you need electrolytes btw?
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Re: Electrolytes question

I only concern myself with the electrolytes in my car and moto batteries.

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I don't think they do any better than water.. but hey if you feel a benefit..

When i cycled a lot i used them but mostly to flavour the water.. Regardless if i was doing 50km, 100km or 150km i just stuck one in my water bottle and off i went.. I just refilled with plain water from whatever fountain i found.

I tried a little extra and found no difference on longer rides, in fact for the ride around Lac Leman i just drank water and ate a couple of bananas.
I have done few times 180km+ in one go trips - however on summer day you likely to run low on sodium and potassium on long runs - so electrolytes. There is salt tabs and some would take tomato juice with it . I'd also do it on keto diet - perhaps I be 5% below v02max however would run stable without sugar for hours like a disel-engine.
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Your nerves system is polarisation of sodium - no sodium , no muscle contraction , no breathing , no 'you'.
of course there is more like water retention etc ..
So that is in very simple way why electrolits balance is needed - it's for very same reason why excessive amount of water intake can be dangerous.
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Old 18.05.2021, 22:33
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Re: Electrolytes question

This has been my go-to for endurance cardio for the past 15 yrs:

https://www.elite-nutrition.ch/de/sh...-2,-unflavored
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This has been my go-to for endurance cardio for the past 15 yrs:

https://www.elite-nutrition.ch/de/sh...-2,-unflavored
Yeh ..take an honey and lemon , caffeine tabs , salt tabs , will do the trick ..

simple things will do
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