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        FAQ: SaltStick Electrolyte Capsules

        The Frequently Asked Questions of SaltStick's Electrolyte Capsules

        SaltStick Caps have been formulated to provide electrolytes to help minimize heat stress and muscle cramping due to perspiration, in a quantity and form which your body can absorb. This product is ideal for athletes, outdoor workers or for use in hot conditions. Two SaltStick Caps in an hour equate to 430 mg sodium, 126 mg potassium, 44 mg calcium, and 22 mg magnesium per hour, which is the ideal ratio to keep you moving.

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        The Benefits of Caffeine for Endurance Athletes

        A cup of coffee on a wooden table

        Coffee is a great way to get a quick boost of energy, and an estimated 80% of people drink it daily. For an athlete, coffee and other sources of caffeine can help improve performance and prolong endurance. Though no amount of caffeine can compensate a poor diet, it can be a significant boost if you are already properly fueling yourself.

        The Benefits of Caffeine

        Drinking a cup of coffee before you exercise can help you work harder without even realizing it. For endurance athletes, your performance can be enhanced by 1-3% after just one cup. Though an athlete’s response to caffeine can vary, it has proven to be an excellent choice to give endurance cyclists or runners that necessary jolt of energy. There are potential side effects of caffeine, depending on how your system processes it, so listen to your body when drinking coffee or energy drinks.

        The Best Caffeine Sources for Athletes

        Since the caffeine in coffee and tea varies, many athletes opt for pills or supplements for the extra boost. For a 150-pound athlete, the recommended dose is 200 mg an hour before exercising. At Athleti.ca, we offer a variety of caffeinated supplements from brands such as Nuun, Cliff, and GU to help keep you going through the most rigorous of training exercises. Shop online today for all of your endurance nutrition in Quebec to properly fuel your routine.

        Eat to win: secrets of success

        What does it take to fuel your engine like a champion? If you’d like get the 'real deal' on nurturing success and live a day in an athlete’s shoes (and food pantry), read on… Here’s a sneak peak at some feeding rituals that allow fellow sport enthusiasts to savour the benefits of an athletic lifestyle and sound nutrition!




        • When asked about the must-haves in the fridge and lunch box, our panel of interviewees responded (in order of importance) : greek yogurt, oatmeal and bagels, bananas and dried mangoes, veggies and rice crackers with hummus and tofu dip, fish, peanut butter and maple syrup, caffeine (!), dark chocolate and fruit chews (!!). What are your favorite items at the grocery store?

        • In sharing advice with regards to eating/exercise, the group suggested: not being fearful of eating to give the body what it needs to excel, breaking down barriers and going beyond the limits we may set for ourselves (nothing is impossible…) and considering consulting a professional dietitian get tips to support training and everyday life. Are you optimizing your chances for success?


        • As for tracking down credible and user-friendly information on sports nutrition, this select sample of clients recommended: going straight to the source and finding a dietitian to team up with, websites (www.active.com, www.ironman.com), magazines (Triathlon Magazine Canada), amongst other sources. What are your favorites?
        • In order to give in to their guilty pleasures without giving up and keeping hunger under control, these gurus tend to: make sure not to skip meals nor snacks and keep to a tight routine, treat themselves only after events (as a reward!), have nutritious foods at arm’s reach, consume foods in moderation, maintain adequate hydration… Readers: do you have any tips to share?


        • Finally, with regards to sports supplements, the athletes gave 5 stars to the following products : bars (Clif, PowerBar and Kronobar were the favorites), protein powder (Vega came in first), chews (Clif and Power Bar were worthy of their attention), gels (Honey Stinger was the first choice) and brews (such as First Endurance EFS). Check out the wide selection of sports nutrition products on athleti.ca!

        Let yourself get carried away in the health-nut craze: it’s worth a taste! You’ll feel better and optimize your performance. Every bit and each bite matters, your body should be treated as a temple. Eating sensibly is contagious, spread the word!!! 

        *Special thanks to Bruno Langevin, Marc Bonds and Jimmy Gosselin for their insight, their time and trust as well as their inspiring stories.


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