Liquid Energy Salty
Liquid Energy Salty (once named LIquid Energy Long) is a highly concentrated energy gel with quickly as well as slowly available carbohydrate sources. Isomaltulose and barley fibres containing betaglucans are making Liquid Energy Long to a new kind of carbohydrate gel.
Liquid Energy Salty is appropriate as an additional energy supplement for long distance performances, as due to saturation reasons, sweet supplements are often not used consequently anymore towards the end of a competition. The salty but still neutral taste of Liquid Energy Long can also be used as a pleasant alternative to conventional gels for every kind of sport.
Liquid Energy Salty is a 100% natural energy concentrate without preservatives.
Drinking after energy gels
Drinking after energy gels in training and competition
When using gels or solid foods, drink sufficient water, at least 200 ml per 20 to 30 g of carbohydrates, in order to prevent a reduction in blood plasma volume. (Evans et al., 2017: Optimizing the restoration and maintenance of fluid balance after exercise-induced dehydration. J Appl Physiol 122(4):945-951). Otherwise, rehydration is impaired, which can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort during exercise.
Author: Yvonne Forster05. 10. 2019
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Nutrition tips Swiss Epic
Which nutrition strategy is recommended for Swiss Epic?
On a multi-day event like the Swiss Epic, certain conditions that influence nutrition change almost daily. Factors such as weather, acclimatisation, training status, body weight and individual biological variability are too varied to permit universally binding nutritional recommendations. In addition, the diet must be adapted to the objective: Is it about winning or is it simply about comfortably finishing? And, last but not least, the general conditions and catering options on site must also be incorporated into the nutrition strategy. For these reasons, it is not possible to provide generally valid nutrition rules in quantity and order for the Swiss Epic mountain bike race or similar long-distance endurance events.
Of course, there are certain basic rules and measures that remain roughly the same. One conceivable nutrition strategy could be the following:
Before the start
• The two days before the competition: Carbo loading with CARBO LOADER, 4 x 1 portion per day each
• 3 to 4 hours before the start: POWER PORRIDGE, portion size according to your own feeling of satiety.
• Up to 1 hour before the start: LONG ENERGY sports drink and one / a few bites of HIGH ENERGY BAR, depending on the individual feeling of hunger and thirst, also depending on whether you are able to eat at all at this moment.
• Drink sufficiently, adapted to the situation and according to your feeling of thirst. Recommended drink is the mildly flavoured, acid-free LONG ENERGY sports drink.
• During competition it is recommended that you take some easily digestible solid food every 3 to 5 hours. However, this must be tested under similar conditions beforehand! For example, half a bar, but also a few bites of white bread or a ripe banana are useful to maintain gastrointestinal activity. To a certain extent, the ULTRA PRO drink can also be taken instead during long periods of endurance activities (1 sachet every 3 to 4 hours). This may already be sufficient for one-day events.
• For competitions lasting several days, something «solid» between the teeth is highly recommended, as solid food supports digestion. What and how much varies from person to person. A few easily digestible bites (white bread, banana, pretzels, energy bars, or similar) every few hours are enough, the rest can be taken in liquid form.
• If warm food (such as pasta, boiled potatoes, rice, etc.) is offered on site, make sure you try to use it. Also POWER PORRIDGE would be a valuable warm catering, if the possibility exists.
• Our OAT PACKs are recommended as very long satiating bars. These are based on oats and contain nuts, which increase the total energy content, but also puts a little more strain on the digestion. In contrast to the HIGH ENERGY BAR, OAT PACKs are also suitable for competitions in the cold because they are not as hard as the finely ground HIGH ENERGY BARs. However, the HIGH ENERGY BAR is the ideal solution for one-day competitions.
• If performance drops and/or tiredness occur, LIQUID ENERGY gels with caffeine are recommended (approx. ½ tube or 1 sachet, followed by some gulps of water or sports drink). An ampoule of ACTIVATOR with caffeine can also help in this situation; the caffeine's effect lasting about 2-4 hours.
• Especially during long competitions, the LIQUID ENERGY SALTY is very well received. This energy gel contains more salt and tastes sweet and salty, thereby offering a welcomed taste alternative.
• En route, it is important to estimate the situational needs correctly. In the case of cold/weakness, it is advisable to consume more carbohydrates in the form of gels or sports drinks. If stomach problems become noticeable, suitable solid food, oat bars or white bread should be eaten. Pure water is not recommended if diarrhoea occurs! In such a case it is advisable to eat and drink salty.
• Most important during very long events is keeping enough flexibility and listen to one's own desires. Experience has shown that even the most popular drinks/foods can quickly put you off if exertion lasts for several days.
• Furthermore, particularly with events lasting several days and high intake of (usually) carbohydrate-rich sports food, a sudden appetite for salt, protein and fat appears. This usually happens at a stage when the body has already reduced exercise intensity (partly from exhaustion) and can therefore tolerate such food. In this situation one can tolerate a lot of «normal» food in a reasonable amount: dried meat, sausages, chips, nuts, cheese or whatever else the organizer offers. However, fatty foods are of course unsuitable for daytime events and for strictly performance-oriented goals. During long exercise bouts and low intensities, however, one should and may listen to one's body desires, even if a food may be somewhat more difficult/slower to digest. Specific hunger for a certain food is usually a good indicator that it also can be tolerated.
Recovery after competition
• For occasions where you do not want to take too many different products with you, it is a good idea to use the ULTRA PRO as a regeneration drink. Also conceivable: LONG ENERGY Berry in double concentration (60-80 g + approx. 500 ml water). Like this, there is no need for additional recovery products. It is recommended to drink a portion within 30 minutes after finish arrival and possibly a second one, if there is no main meal within 90 minutes.
• On multi-day events, it makes sense to take another portion of CARBO LOADER or a portion of ULTRA PRO before going to bed in order to start the next day with energy stores refilled.
Rough nutrient dosage guideline
Approx. 60-80 grams per hour, during long-term endurance up to slightly more than 100 g/h can be absorbed and metabolised.
Depends on and varies strongly according to the situation, 0.4 to 1 litres per hour advised. Note: with drinking volume also the ingested energy content changes, which has to be considered with the intake of other energy sources accordingly.
Basically not necessary, but some studies point to an increase in performance and recovery if protein is already taken during performance. Approx. 20 g protein every 3 to 4 hours for events lasting 6 to 8 hours or longer. Ideal for this: ULTRA PRO or AMINO 12500. The ULTRA PRO drink can be considered an alternative to solid food, but must be prepared with water immediately before consumption and cannot be mixed several hours in advance. On shorter occasions it is easier to add/take some protein directly in the sports drink or swallow capsules/tablets such as AMINO EAC or BCAA.
Fat intake only plays a role at endurance duration beyond approx. 10 hours, when performance intensity is very low and fat can be digested. It can be neglected and should not intentionally used in a one-day event as it may quickly act negatively, if exercise intensity becomes too high.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Gigathlon in blazing heat
Read the full text in German:
Die fünf wichtigsten Ernährungsgrundsätze
Ein Gigathlon ist ja an sich schon eine anspruchsvolle Sache. Wenn zum sportlichen Pflichtprogramm noch hochsommerliche Temperaturen kommen, die den Athleten das Leben schwer machen, kommt der Wettkampfverpflegung eine noch höhere Bedeutung bei als ohnehin schon. Worauf ist zu achten?
Je länger und heisser der Wettkampf, desto wichtiger ist eine regelmässige Zufuhr von Flüssigkeit, Kohlenhydraten und Elektrolyten. Das tönt in der Theorie sehr simpel. Doch die Praxis zeigt: Je höher die Leistung, desto schwerer fällt das Einnehmen von Nahrung während des Wettkampfs. Und auch die Verdauung setzt bei hohen Intensitäten irgendwann aus. Magenprobleme, Hungerast, Dehydrierung, Muskelkrämpfe oder gar Durchfall und Erbrechen können die Folgen sein.
Damit der Traum vom Finishen auch bei Gluthitze nicht platzt, sollen folgende Tipps beherzigt werden:
1. Bei heissem Wetter ist es wichtig, regelmässig zu trinken! Der Bedarf orientiert sich primär am Verlust. Die Trinkmenge ist aber von Athlet zu Athlet sehr unterschiedlich und gerade bei Maximaltemperaturen kann die Zufuhrmenge deutlich über der Faustregel von 0.5-0.8 Litern pro Stunde liegen. Wir empfehlen das mild aromatisierte und säurefreie Competition®-Sportgetränk, welches einen breiten Mix an Kohlehydraten mit unterschiedlichem glykämischem Index und Elektrolyten aufweist. Wer bereits an die Erholung nach dem Wettkampf denkt, der steigt auf Long Energy um, welches inhaltlich dem Competition® entspricht, aber zusätzlich noch etwas Eiweiss enthält.
2. Solche Kohlenhydrat-Elektrolyt-Getränke verbessern die Aufnahme von Wasser während der körperlichen Betätigung und tragen zur Ausdauerleistung bei längerer Belastung bei. Zusätzlich kann bei Bedarf in jeder Getränkeflasche auch noch eine Salt Cap aufgelöst oder auch direkt runtergeschluckt werden. Der Bedarf kann erhöht sein bei ungenügender Akklimatisation, kurzfristigem Wetterumschlag, «Heavy Sweaters» oder «Salty Eaters» (also stark schwitzenden, oder gewohnheitsmässig salzreich essenden Personen), bei Personen mit Krampfneigung und grundsätzlich eben auch bei heissem Wetter und damit verbundenem erhöhtem Schweissverlust.
3. Mit Trinken alleine ist es bei Langzeit-Ausdaueraktivitäten nicht getan. Zur Unterstützung der Leistung empfiehlt es sich, kohlenhydratreiche, leicht verdauliche Flüssignahrung in Form von Liquid Energy Gels einzunehmen. Diese sind von Sponser Sport Food in verschiedenen Varianten erhältlich: süss oder salzig, mit oder ohne Koffein, mit oder ohne BCAA. Die Faustregel für kurze bis mittlere Belastungszeiten von bis zu 4-6 Stunden lautet: eine Zufuhr von 1 g Kohlenhydrat pro kg Körpergewicht pro Stunde. Mehr als 60-90 g Kohlenhydrate sollten nicht eingenommen werden, es können sich Magen-Darm-Probleme unter Belastung ergeben. Ein gewisses «Antrainieren» höherer Zufuhrmengen ist für Ultra-Ausdaueranlässe aber möglich.
4. Wer schon mal ein Langzeitausdauer-Event bestritten hat, weiss: Mit der Zeit mag man kaum noch süsse Nahrung sehen, geschweige denn, schlucken. Da empfehlen sich dann die angenehm salzigen Liquid Energy Salty aus dem Sachet, welche eine willkommene Abwechslung in den primär süssen Menüplan eines Gigathleten bringen.
5. Auf dem Rad nimmt man mit Vorteil auch ein paar Bissen feste Nahrung zu sich, denn der Darm braucht Festnahrung, um die Transportfunktion aufrechtzuerhalten (Peristaltik). Am besten sind leichtverdauliche Energieriegel wie die High Energy Bars, die in süsser oder salziger (High Energy Bar Salty Nuts!) Ausführung erhältlich sind. Aber auch ein paar Bissen Weissbrot, Kuchen, Bretzel oder reife Banane machen Sinn.
Zum Schluss ein Typ gegen Krämpfe
Wer bei Hitze mit Muskelkrämpfen zu kämpfen hat, packt vorzugsweise auch noch Muscle Relax ein. Diese bitter-saure Gurkenessiglösung hilft bei akuten Muskelkrämpfen im Wettkampf. Man sollte den Shot ein paar Sekunden im Mund halten/spülen, danach schlucken oder wieder ausspucken. Es gibt auch Anhaltspunkte, dass Muscle Relax prophylaktisch funktioniert. In diesem Falle wird geraten, Muscle Relax relativ kurz vor der Leistung oder erwartetem Krampfauftreten, je nach Verträglichkeit, einzunehmen.
Autor: Remo Jutzeler Leiter
F&E SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Lebensmittelwissenschaften FH
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Avoiding muscle cramps
Cramps can make life as a runner quite difficult. Unexpectedly they occur and literally paralyze a muscle or muscle group. In some marathons you can see athletes stretching their calves in the middle of the course with a pain distorted face or even asking their fellow human beings to help them overstretch the affected area. Muscle cramps are annoying and sometimes quite painful, but fortunately harmless. It is true that one cannot fully arm oneself against cramps. But there are a number of measures that marathon participants can take against uncontrolled muscle contractions.
Months before the competition: serious training
If you don't want to experience any surprises on marathon distances, you have to prepare yourself or your muscles for the specific requirements of the target competition (altitude difference up and down, different surfaces from asphalt to root trail) in a targeted and long-term way. This means: Study the course profile carefully and adapt the training accordingly!
Days before the competition: liquid and electrolytes
Fluid and energy deficits as well as electrolyte deficiency (sodium, magnesium) are probably the main reasons why a muscle no longer runs smoothly. For this reason, it is advisable to ensure an adequate supply of minerals before a competition. Mineral salt mixtures before the competition help to fill the depots. Even salty food is not out of place during this time. Get up early enough on the morning of the competition and take about 1-1.5 litres of liquid before or during breakfast, ideally you are already drinking a sports drink. The electrolytes contained in sports drinks serve to transport fluids. SPONSER® recommends the drinks Carbo Loader and the low-calorie drink tabs Electrolytes in the days before the marathon starts.
During the competition: eat and drink
The top priority in competition is to regularly drink sports drinks and bouillon and take advantage of every opportunity to eat, even if you are not yet thirsty. If you are competing for more than two hours, it is a good idea to eat a few bites on a regular basis - provided your stomach tolerates solid foods such as a piece of banana, bar, bread, pretzel or similar. Athletes who suffer from stomach problems in competition fill the energy deficit with stomach-friendly sports drinks such as "Competition", "Long Energy" or "Ultra Competition" as well as sweet and salty "Liquid Energy Gels". In order not to experience any surprises in the competition, one downloads the catering plan of the target competition in advance and tests the offered products in training under load.
Secret weapon: Muscle Relax
The secret weapon against muscle cramps from Sponser is called "Muscle Relax", an acid-bitter drinking solution which has a neuromuscular effect due to sensory stimuli and can relax the muscle. Muscle Relax is based on a formula of acetic acid, cucumber juice, quinine and magnesium and comes in a small bottle of 30 ml, which can be used as a lifeline in the hip pocket or running pants. In order for the sensory stimuli to fully unfold, the mouth must be rinsed with Muscle Relax for 10-15 seconds before swallowing the shot.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator15. 06. 2019
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Every detail counts
For the Jungfrau-Marathon a well-trained body and a mentally strong head are undoubtedly necessary if you want to be successful over the distance of 42.2 km with 1830 m altitude. At least as important for the success of the competition is the nutrition strategy. Those who eat and drink too little on the way up risk starvation and a loss of performance - and in the worst case they cannot fully enjoy the beautiful route from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg through the impressive mountain world. The following points should be considered when it comes to nutrition at the Jungfrau-Marathon:
The first 25 km on the Jungfrau-Marathon course only rise slightly and therefore allow a quite fast running speed. However, in order not to suffer a slump on the challenging second section of the course, when it climbs steeply, it is necessary to eat regularly right from the start. The sports drinks from the Swiss sports nutrition company SPONSER®, which are served at the refreshment stands, provide valuable liquid energy and electrolytes. Since they are acid-free and mildly flavoured, they do not strain the stomach and do not acidify even during high exertion. If you don't run at the absolute limit, take a few sips from the start of every meal and strengthen yourself with a bite of banana or sports bar.
At the latest from kilometer 20 it helps to supply highly concentrated energy in the form of Liquid Energy Gels (available from SPONSER® in a salty version as well as sweet with caffeine) in addition to sports drinks. Finally, the Pièce de Résistance is still ahead of you at the Jungfrau-Marathon. In order to complete the challenging metres of altitude without break-ins, it is best to go to any refreshment stand and treat yourself to a bouillon, a salty gel or a bite of the famous Salty&Nuts bar, depending on your individual taste for salt. Many runners swear by cola at the end of each marathon. There's nothing wrong with that as long as you know that you can tolerate the carbonic acid well even under stress.
Nutrition tips in the case of muscle cramps
Anyone who frequently suffers from muscle cramps in competition should generally pay attention to a sufficient intake of fluids and salt. In addition, it is worth having a small Muscle Relax-Shot with you in the running belt. In case of a muscle cramp, the acid-bitter solution, which is reminiscent of vinegar cucumber juice, has a very rapid antispasmodic effect.
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Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator11. 06. 2019
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