Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Endura to Re-Charge Your Battery

Endura is a "State of The Art" fluid and electrolyte replacement drink that was developed from the medical literature and studied at the Tour De France (world marathon bicycle championships). There are so many electrolyte drinks on the market, so what makes this one special? The first thing to take into consideration is that the sports drink contains all of the electrolytes: which include magnesium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and sodium. All of these electrolytes are lost during endurance training which greatly effects muscle contraction and performance. Magnesium, for instance, is involved in nearly 200 enzymatic reactions, many of which
involve muscle contraction and relaxation. Magnesium and potassium replacement is therefore critical for performance. The second fact to consider is the osmality of the sports drink. Osmality refers to how fast the fluid, electrolytes, and cabohydrates get into the bloodstream and working muscles. Endura has a low osmality and gets into the blood stream as fast as water. So Endura contains all of the electrolytes including high amounts of magnesium and potassium, has low osmality, and glucose polymers for sustained energy.

When comparing Endura to other sports drinks, the majority of them only have potassium and sodium with a high osmality (they sit in the stomach longer). A classic example of this type of sports drink is the highly advertised Gatorade (one the worst sport drinks on the market by the way). Now the best way to take a sports drink like Endura is to mix 2 scoops in 16oz of water only (this keeps the osmality low). Drink some before and during training. You need to replace 1-2 drinks per hour of intense endurance trainng, especially associated with heavy sweating. You can get Endura in some health food stored that carry it or you can go to my website and

Tom Mantos - Clinical Nutritionist