December 15, 2020 3 min read

First responders risk it all to help others. So, how can first responders reach their full potential and be maximally fit for duty? The key is to replenish the electrolytes that the body loses while on duty.

Electrolytes are crucial minerals, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, among several others. The body needs electrolytes to combat dehydration, which can cause strain on the body and reduce physical performance [1].

The Electrolyte supplement is a uniquely formulated blend of powerful electrolytes, vitamins, and natural extracts that are designed to heighten energy levels, promote endurance, and optimize recovery, even in the most intense situations.

Electrolytes - Performance, Endurance & Recovery

This supplement is infused with seven electrolytes, which work in concert to deliver optimal hydration. Without these seven electrolytes, dehydration and fatigue will occur.

The most essential electrolyte to sustain life is phosphorus, as it is responsible for energy transfer through a molecule called ATP [2]. Supplementation with phosphate can enhance physical performance by increasing aerobic capacity [3].

Calcium is a vital electrolyte that is the main stimulus for muscle contraction. It does this by binding to a molecule called troponin [4]. Supplementing with calcium can help improve muscular force and prevent muscle fatigue.

Another electrolyte that is crucial for optimal muscle function is magnesium. Low magnesium levels cause strain on muscles and reduce endurance by adversely increasing oxygen demand; therefore, magnesium supplementation is very important for individuals who working in highly demanding jobs, such as first responders [5].

Optimized physical performance relies on both muscles and joints. Boron is a naturally derived mineral that can improve fluidity and force of movements by supporting bone mass, bone strength, and joint function [6,7].

Dehydration is a challenge that all First Responders must combat at some point during sustained physical activity. Sodium and chloride are recognized as key regulators of proper fluid balance.

Studies have shown that those in physically strenuous occupations, such as first responders, are at high risk for low sodium and chloride levels, which can cause severe muscle cramping due to less oxygen delivery to muscles [8].

Potassium is another electrolyte that acts similarly to sodium in fluid balance. Potassium shifts out of cells after physically strenuous activity, causing reduced blood potassium levels, muscle fatigue, and potential cardiotoxicity [9].

Peak muscle endurance and recovery are supported by replenishing the body with sodium, chloride, and potassium ions.

Vitamins & Extracts

When combined with physical activity, vitamin D3 exerts an additive effect on muscle strength and increases the strength of bones and muscles (particularly in the lower extremities) [10,11].

In order to maximally replenish the body with electrolytes and vitamins, they must be able to reach the cells. BioPerine (black pepper extract) is widely known for its ability to boost the absorption of electrolytes and vitamins [12].

Therefore, we added Bioperine to our electrolyte product, so that your body can fully absorb all the essential nutrients that it contains.   

The Electrolyte supplement is a custom-made blend that was formulated with first responders in mind to aid in performance, endurance, and recovery. It’s a convenient and flavorless way to get an electrolyte boost.

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References

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