Continuing our series on the make-up of Veloflow, today we are looking at the second element of our mix - electrolytes. They’re absolutely vital to elevating performance in the saddle, but so often neglected, some of you may even be wondering exactly what an electrolyte is. Put simply, an electrolyte is a substance that conducts electricity when dissolved in water. Our bodies are run on the backs of power created by electric charges and introducing electrolytes into our diet while we exercise allows those tiny electric operations to occur all the more swiftly, giving us that extra boost as we attack the road.
What doe electrolytes actually do? Great question! Electrolytes are responsible for a whole host of functions around the body, including the regulation of nerve and muscle function, hydration, the balancing of blood acidity and pressure, along with helping to rebuild damaged tissue – so important after a hard ride with burning thighs!
The electrolytes most commonly found in the body include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride and phosphate. The first three are particularly important as they are needed by the muscles in order to contract properly. Without the proper balance of these three electrolytes, muscles can either weaken, or contract excessively, leading either to you not having the proper power you need and are used to while out on the road, or to pulled or even torn muscles while riding.
When on a proper ride, we inevitably sweat, and sweat is one of the primary reasons for the loss of electrolytes from our bodies. For this reason, our electrolyte formula is specifically designed to keep the body topped up with calcium, potassium and sodium, in order to power you through your ride, keep you energised and to avoid any muscle damage that could occur without the proper fuel in your body. It also contains magnesium and phosphorous to help with repair and restoration after a hard work-out. In this way, Veloflow makes for an excellent pre-work-out, mid-ride and post-work-out energy drink, saving you some cash as well as time while you’re in the swing of things, attacking the hills before you. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go and you’ll be going that much harder for that much longer.