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Tailwind Nutrition contains Dextrose (Glucose), Sucrose, Sodium Citrate, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Organic Flavour, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Citrate and the caffeinated Raspberry buzz contains anhydrous caffeine.
Sodium: Maintains Fluid Balance
Sodium is needed in the body for a number of reasons, the most important for endurance athletes is its role in the maintenance of extracellular fluid volume which influences the hydration of an athlete.
It is also important for the uptake of nutrients such hexose (carbohydrate) and amino acids (protein).
During extended periods of exercise it is important that sodium levels are replenished. As the bodies sodium concentration falls ECF (extracellular fluid) falls which can have detrimental effects to the bodies cells. Physiologically this will present as dizziness and faintness.
Sodium Citrate: Stops Cramps
Sodium citrate is added to the Tailwind Nutrition products to act as a pH regulator. When the muscles are working for extended periods of time, muscle pH will decrease and cramps take effect. The role of sodium citrate is to delay the effects of this lowering pH and prevent the build up of lactic acid in the athletes muscles to help reduce cramps and allow them to run, cycle or row for longer.
Potassium: Stops Muscle Weakness
Potassium is essential for the acid-base regulation and to maintain the electrophysiology of nerves and muscles. A deficiency in potassium (caused by prolonged sweating during physical activity) can alter the electrophysiological characteristics of cell membranes causing weakness of the skeletal muscles.
Carbohydrates and sugar (present as glucose and sucrose): Energy Provider
Sugars and soluble carbohydrates are fundamental for providing energy for the maintenance of life. During exercise sugar in its simplest form of glucose is fundamental for the ease of metabolism into expendable energy.
Calcium: Strong bones and Muscle contraction
Calciums primary role is structural, around 99% of calcium is found in bones and teeth. A prolonged calcium deficiency will increase the risk of low bone mineral density and stress fractures in athletes. It is also an essential mineral for muscle function and contraction as well as being essential for synthesis and breakdown of glycogen fuel stores in your muscles.
Magnesium: Relaxes Muscles
Magnesium works closely with calcium, while calcium is important for the contraction of your muscles, magnesium helps them relax. Therefore, it is clear how important the combination of both calcium and magnesium is for healthy muscle function.
Saturday, 7 November 2015 | Admin
The Thames Meander Marathon was my shortest event for the year to date and being a flat course I decided a fast time could be had (by my standards). On the assumption I would be out for 3.5 hrs I figured I'd need 6 servings and to save time not having to refill on the move and keep weight down I put 6 scoops into the 700ml bottle I'd be carrying and down cups of water at aid stations. The weather was very wet and fluid requirements would be low. This is a much stronger mix than I'd normally use but 1 mouthful per hour would get the calories in.
This mix was proved a bit strong for my taste and in hindsight I would've been better off with my normal ultra set up of carrying 2 x 500ml bottles and refilling 1 on the go.
Saturday, 7 November 2015 | Admin
Had a great day yesterday helped by a 500ml orange tailwind pre race, 500ml caffeinated berry tailwind for the last 15 miles and then another 500ml post race for recovery. Got the dosage and timing bang on, as I didn't use anything else.
I was just glad to finish yesterday after 2 DNFs earlier this year with a recurring hip injury. To win and knock 10 minutes off the course record (it's a new route from the last time I ran it) was a delightful bonus.