Are electrolyte ect worth it?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Danm89, 13 Aug 2019.

  1. Danm89

    Danm89 Member

    Hi all.

    Got back into cycling not too long back and loving it. Im currently doing rides of around 3hours a few times per week and was wandering if i would benefit from some nutrition suplement?

    From looking around it seems there is 2 ways to go with this. Either electrolyte tablets along side energy gel. Or the powdered variety that contains carbs and electrolytes. But are either options really worth it, and which would benefit me more? Up untill now ive not really changed my diet.
     
  2. adscrim

    adscrim Veteran

    Location:
    Perth
    I wouldn't worry too much about gels and sports drinks. Take real food instead and save your money. I particularly like rice krispie squares (caramel flavour are a favoutire) and drink something you like the taste of (fruit squash etc - I just drink water). Flap jacks, fig rolls, sandwiches - they all work absolutely fine. I only venture into gel territory when I know a ride's going to be full on from start to finish and eating becomes difficult.
     
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  3. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    Food/energy wise, probably not. The general consensus is that real food is tastier, just as effective - if not more so and probably cheaper.

    Hydration wise, it's a slightly different question. High5 electrolyte tablets are very convenient. But it's also possible to keep your salt intake up by less futuristic (and cheaper) means like crisps and peanuts, or rehydration salts from the chemists. I do take this quite seriously in summer as I can get nasty post cycling headaches if I don't.

    There's a whole thread about it here. https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/the-importance-of-electrolyte-in-the-body.251935/

    Personally I find high5 tabs convenient and use them ... when I remember and I haven't run out that is. I also use sports energy drink powder. This is partly because I have a friend who sells the stuff and I like to support her business, even if it is a bit of a pricey solution. Also it's a consistent and palatable taste. Once on the road I tend to refill my bottle at little shops with all kinds of random stuff - especially in the winter months.

    As for food I'm a fan of pork pies and peanut butter and marmite sandwiches. I normally have a gel or two down in the dusty recesses of my rack bag. Just in case.
     
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  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Total waste of money and calling them "energy" gels is misleading. Eat real food like banana and fruits. If you've got a blender you can make all sorts of smoothies. ORS might be useful in hot weather.
     
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  5. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    Ideally you want something 'Isotonic' and something to replace the 'Salts'. Couple of Pints and a bag of Nuts/Scratchings should do the job nicely :cheers:
     
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  6. theloafer

    theloafer Guru

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  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

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  8. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Not So Special One

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Real food is best but you must hydrate whilst riding for longer periods especially when your sweating.
    Water is ok but you really need to replace salts that you are sweating out. As above High5 hydration tablets are great, Pink Grapefruit is my favourite flavour!
     
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  9. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Definitely not for me anyway. I took a few tablets in my water bottle a few times until I ended up with a very upset stomach which is the last thing you need on any ride. Just water for me now but every now and again @raleighnut has the best idea. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Pink Grapefruit :thumbsup:
     
  11. Shortandcrisp

    Shortandcrisp Senior Member

  12. iateyoubutler

    iateyoubutler Senior Member

    I used to add a teaspoon of salt to my drinks when I went on club/long/hot rides, made no difference, I still got cramp, still overheated etc etc. Only difference I used to see were the added salt marks on my clothes & helmet
     
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