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Why Tailwind

My personal view

Set out below is an extract from Tailwind Nutrition's US website which is very informative but if you don't mind I'll indulge myself with my experience. I completed 5 Ironman triathlons in 5 years on a mixture of powders, gels, jelly babies and luck. I don't have a sweet tooth and as I advanced in age I sought out any advantage I could. With Tailwind I found I no longer needed to calorie count, a couple of mouthfuls every 10 minutes and I could go as long as I wanted with enough calories and electrolytes and a settled stomach. Not having to think about inputs reduced stress which improved performance without having to learn the science.

Now the official version . . .

All you need, all day. Really.

Getting nutrition right for a long day training or racing is tough. Keeping track of food, drinks, gels, bars, chews, electrolyte/salt pills, etc. just gets tougher as fatigue sets in. Are you getting enough calories? Too many? Staying hydrated? Just how many electrolyte tablets do you need anyway? Tailwind simplifies all that by giving your body what it needs – complete energy, electrolytes, and hydration in a simple drink with clean, light flavours. Tailwind is designed to maximize absorption of fuel, water, and electrolytes while being easy on the digestive system. Curious how it all works? Read on to learn how Tailwind can help you get nutrition right. Complete Energy+Electrolytes+Hydration Tailwind mixes with water to fully meet your calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs. You can ditch the gels, bars, chews, pills, and food and go all day with just Tailwind in your bottle or hydration pack. Most of our customers use it this way. Tailwind’s glucose/sucrose fuel takes advantage of how our bodies absorb fuel to maximize intake of calories. Once in the bloodstream, Tailwind’s glucose fuel directly powers muscles, sparing precious glycogen stores and allowing you to go longer and at higher intensities without bonking. Tailwind’s electrolyte profile mimics what you’re sweating out, so you don’t have to take separate electrolyte pills to make up for what’s not in your drink. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each.

Easy on Your Gut

Efficient fueling is great, but not if it ties your stomach up in knots or causes GI distress as so many products do. We’ve been there, and nothing’s worse. Sipping Tailwind provides steady, small doses of fuel that empty from the stomach quickly. The composition of Tailwind’s fuel matches what the digestive system is set up to absorb through active transport mechanisms that function like pumps, without requiring digestion first. That’s key to avoiding stomach upset and the GI problems accompanying incomplete absorption typical of so many nutrition products containing ingredients that require digestion before they can be absorbed .

Tasty All Day

From thick textures to sickly sweet tastes, most drinks, gels, and chews are hard to take for more than a couple hours. That’s where our endurance experience comes in. Tailwind is deliberately mild and balances just enough sweetness to keep you drinking with the saltiness your body craves while sweating. Customers describe the flavors as “clean” and “light” with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs. Hydration-Pack Friendly Finally, a drink you can use in a hydration pack without fear of science experiments. Tailwind dissolves completely on contact with water and cleans up with just a quick rinse of water. The same goes for bottles too – just a couple quick shakes, and you’re ready to go. No film, no lingering aftertaste, no gooey mess. 

Simple vs Complex Carbohydrates

  • Tailwind uses simple carbohydrates (dextrose and sucrose) as opposed to complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin, glucose polymers, super starches, food)

  • Fast-acting carbs are rapidly absorbed in the GI tract, rapidly transported to muscles cells, and rapidly metabolized to provide energy to working muscles.

  • Long-acting carbs such as super starches, complex carbs and food are absorbed more slowly, and must be metabolically converted to fast-acting sugars before they can be transported to the muscles and used as energy. All this takes time (and energy).

  • Remember, you are running a calorie deficit from the get go so Tailwind gives you fuel in the most efficient way possible – it’s delivered in the form that your body already uses

  • Result: it doesn’t hang out in the stomach and cause GI distress


Multiple Carbohydrates vs. Single Source Carbohydrates

  • Tailwind uses a dextrose-sucrose mix. Recent research has come out that shows if you combine different types of carbohydrates, you can actually INCREASE the amount of calories absorbed by your body by up to 40%.

  • Result: you can absorb more calories


No Protein

  • Protein has been shown to be a major contributor to GI distress

  • Important for recovery and as part of your overall nutrition plan, but not during your activity (unless it’s multi-day and you take protein during your downtime).


Full Complement of Electrolytes:

  • Tailwind mimics the composition of sweat:

    • Sodium: 0.9 gram/litre

    • Potassium: 0.2 g/l

    • Calcium: 0.015 g/l

    • Magnesium: 0.0013 g/l 

  • Most drinks only contain about 15% of what you need, and then you need to supplement with salt pills

  • Most important piece of information though: Most folks think of cramping when it comes to sodium, but the real reason to include sodium is that it activates the glucose and fructose transport mechanism. The glucose and fructose are transported across the cell to power the muscles, but when you introduce sodium, not only is a glucose and fructose molecule transported, but a water molecule as well. This means you get more hydrated when taking sodium with your drink


Mild Taste

  • Many folks underestimate the importance of taste and texture…until they are in their 3rd hour.

  • Most drinks on the market are overly sweet which taste great during the first 2 hours, but give you the “gag reflex” after those initial hours. The worse outcome then happens: you don’t drink which means you aren’t taking in calories, electrolytes, or water

  • Tailwind has a mild, clean taste that you can drink all day without getting sick of it


End result: easy on the gut

  • Tailwind was formulated with special attention to being easy on the gut

  • Simple vs complex carbs = easy on the gut (GI system doesn’t need to break down complex carbs to simple carbs)

  • No protein = easy on the gut (GI system doesn’t need to convert a long chain complex molecule to glucose)

  • Won’t overload the gut: once you dial in you caloric intake/hour, it is difficult to mess-up. Drink 1 bottle of Tailwind with your caloric intake/hour and you are good.

  • Optimal ratio of glucose:fructose. No fear of fructose malabsorption

  • Mild taste: no gag reflex that makes your stomach say “no”

  • ​If your not convinced by the above take a look at the reviews page and see what UK users have to say.