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This Energy Bar Will Satisfy Those Chocolate Cravings

Delightfully chewy, Bearded Brothers’ Mega Maca Chocolate energy bar is the perfect treat for those who love having some chocolate in their lives.

And yeah, we know, who doesn’t?

But it isn’t too sweet, and that’s why we like it. Unlike most energy bars that contain chocolate, this bar’s sweetness is subdued thanks to the added maca powder and sea salt.

And while it isn’t overpowering, the organic Mexican cocoa, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut sugar all combine to provide just the right amount of sweet to keep those cravings in check.

But that’s not all. The dates, almonds, cashews, and chia seeds add an extra nutty and almost earthy flavor to the mix that we love. It makes you feel like you’re biting into something truly healthy, but it still has that slight sweetness to it.

Texture wise, the dates, nuts, and chia seeds add an extremely subtle crunch to the chewiness, but you really have to pay attention to notice it. We can’t help loving that extra detail.

Nutritionally, this energy bar doesn’t disappoint. Containing 180 calories, 22g of carbs, 4g of fiber, and 5g of protein, it’ll give you the burst of energy you’ll need to push that extra mile! Oh, and it’s entirely vegan, gluten and soy free, low glycemic, USDA organic, paleo, and non-GMO.

How awesome is that?

Bearded Connections

Bearded Brothers proudly partners with Boneshaker, an organization based in Austin, Texas whose purpose is “To inspire kids toward daily physical activity, and encourage them to lead others to pursue healthier lifestyles.”

This partnership clearly shows that Bearded Brothers is committed to ensuring healthy lifestyles for everyone, and we think that’s incredible.

Bearded Brothers’ Mega Maca Chocolate energy bar was selected to be a part of the October 2017 Trailfoody.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Hydration

electrolytes hydration

We asked the good folks at nuun to write this guest blog post so we can all get up to speed on hydration. 

by vishal patel, chief nutritionist at nuun

at nuun, the benefits of hydration come second nature to us, because every one of us lives an active lifestyle where hydration plays a key role. we try and communicate the importance of hydration regularly, and create great tasting products to suit your various needs. below are some of the fundamentals principles of hydration that are often overlooked.

1. hydration is energy (for your muscles)!

most people look at hydration and think the main purpose to help prevent dehydration, and to replenish electrolyte stores that may be lost via sweat. although both of those are true (recent studies have shown that electrolytes may play greater roles in fluids absorption than sweat replenishment), the fundamental goal of hydration is to delivery oxygen to working muscles. so, try to think about hydration or the fluid you are consuming as helping your muscles breathe, which in turn gives them the energy they need to perform.

nuun electrolytes hydration2. water does not hydrate you.

yes, you read that correctly! while water does fundamentally provide your body with fluid, it does not truly hydrate you. what we’ve learned is that water needs to be in a specific concentration (composing of carbohydrates and electrolytes) to exit the stomach and move into circulation where it can be used by the body. we have also learned that water needs to contain sodium to ensure proper fluid absorption. to make matters even more complicated, your “water” should contain different amounts of carbohydrates and electrolytes before/during/after your hike. that’s why at nuun, we make products for when you’re at rest, during light exercise, and for more endurance-focused days on the trail.

3. proper hydration will help mitigate gastric distress during exercise.

to put it simply, when you are exercising, your body (stomach) is under stress. and there are ways you can eat and drink to mitigate that stress, or to encourage it. when it comes to hydration, if the ratio of carbohydrates to fluid is too high or the electrolyte profile is too low, the delivery of fluid slows down, and sits in the stomach. that’s what causes sloshing, and gi issues. we’ve designed nuun performance to aid your body when it is under the most amount of stress – during endurance exercise.

nuun lemon lime electrolytes hydration4. hydration will help you fuel better.

this builds on the previous point. with proper hydration, you can help eliminate the gi issues that can come with it, and allow faster and more efficient fueling. this is achieved by not overloading your system, and using multiple pathways to absorb fluids and carbohydrates.

5. hydration aids in recovery.

one area that is very crucial to the recovery process is rehydrating. rehydrating not only replenishes fluids lost during hiking, but it also helps replenish the electrolytes that were lost (to a certain extent). however, it’s not as easy as downing a bunch of nuun after a long trek. in fact, drinking too much too fast can degrade the potential gains of the workout. here’s why – over time your body has developed a strong immune system that helps repair itself when it is under the stresses of exercise. therefore, naturally you want your body to begin repairing itself, and slowly rehydrate, continuing to hydrate throughout the day.

We were stoked to work with nuun to include one of their Lemon + Lime 10-pack electrolyte tubes in the October Trailfoody. Just pop the cap, drop in one of the tablets, and your drink fizzes to life. Cool!

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Here’s Why These Cookies are Great for You

Most people probably wouldn’t think of cookies as the ideal snack to bring with them on a hike or a run, but thankfully we’ve found an exception.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies with chocolate chips are the perfect snack for those with a sweet tooth who love to eat clean and energizing foods!

Although they aren’t traditional cookies, these were just as delicious and full of rich flavor. Upon biting into the first one, we immediately noticed the coconut and organic chips of dark chocolate, which blended to provide the perfect combination between rich and sweet.

It was almost like eating grandma’s famous homemade cookies!

There are also hints of organic vanilla extract that add to the overall sweetness and flavor of the cookies. This vanilla flavor is nicely complimented by the chocolate chips, which work to keep it from overpowering the coconut.

And while sweet, these cookies won’t make your teeth tingle thanks to the added himalayan salt.

In terms of texture, these cookies are the perfect mix of chewy and soft with the chunks of coconut adding some extra definition. Otherwise, the chocolate chips simply melt in your mouth.

We know what you’re thinking. Cookies can’t taste that good and be healthy.

But they are! Emmy’s cookies contain 100 calories, 8g of carbs, 2g of dietary fiber, and are completely gluten free and vegan friendly. What’s more, they’re USDA certified organic and are non-GMO.

Sweet Beginnings

Emmy’s Organics, Inc. was founded by a couple, Ian and Samantha, who were committed to doing food the right way.

After struggling with digestive problems for a number of years, Ian was forced to avoid gluten, dairy, and other irritants at a young age. After meeting Samantha, a long time dancer and self-proclaimed “health nut,” the couple realized their passion for health and well-being, which led to the creation of the brand.

Although their business has gained popularity within recent years, Emmy’s Organics is committed to spreading the word about healthy snacking as well as social and environmental responsibility. We really dig that.

This home-grown, family oriented company and their cookies are amazing in more ways than one. That’s why we want you to take these cookies with you out on your next adventure! They won’t disappoint.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies were selected to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“I never imagined cookies would be my go-to snack for a climb, but here they are! Their clean ingredients keep me both energized and satisfied.”

Grif Steele
Endurance Cookie Eater

“The cookies practically melted in my mouth! The combination of sweet and rich with the coconut and chocolate balanced well to create a snack worth saving for dessert.”

Britt Foodlove
Chocolate Chip Specialist

“There were cookies?!”

Gracie
Not Allowed to Eat Chocolate

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This BBQ Spare Rib Jerky Isn’t What You’d Think

Lawless hand crafted beef jerky BBQ spare rib

When you first hear about Lawless Jerky’s BBQ Spare Rib pork jerky, your mind probably jumps to an American-style backyard BBQ sauce. But, in keeping with Lawless’ bolder and more creative style, this flavor is based on the classic Szechuan barbeque spare rib.

Before we get to the flavor (and there’s plenty of flavor), the first thing we noticed when we tore open the bag was how easy the tab came off, leaving a clean line at the edge of the re-sealable pouch. This makes it easy to get into the bag if you’re wearing thin gloves on a cool-weather hike, for example. Now, this is just a small thing, but details matter. In this case, it’s a subtle hint at the attention to detail and quality that Lawless gives.

Now, let’s talk about the jerky.

bbq spare rib jerkyUpon taking a bite, the first thing we noticed was the tanginess. There’s a hint of tomato flavor, and a bit of acid provided by the apple cider vinegar. Then, you notice a little sweetness. Finally, you experience the robustness of the savory pork and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). Pulling it all together, there’s a chorus of traditional Chinese spices, including garlic, ginger, cinnamon, chili pepper, and star anise.

You’re left with a satisfying aftertaste of tanginess with just a hint of heat.

In terms of texture, this jerky hits it right in the middle, with a just-right mouthfeel that’s not too tough, not too soft. With pork that’s cut super thin and against the grain, it’s a cinch to take a bite.

The quality of the pork is top-notch, too. Raised without antibiotics or hormones, the pork is all-natural.

The best part? There’s no sticky barbeque sauce left on your fingers!

Lawless Jerky’s BBQ Spare Rib was featured in the September 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s a Great Discount on Lawless Jerky

Get a 20% discount at Lawless Jerky when you use code TRAILFOODY.

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Energy Bar Review: Huppybar Apple Cinnamon Raisin

Made with all-natural dried apples, organic raisins, cinnamon, and locally sourced honey, Huppybar’s Apple Cinnamon Raisin is the perfect bar for a fall hike.

Upon taking the first bite, we immediately noticed the delicious burst of flavor that this bar had to offer.

The balance between sweet and savory here is exceptional. The bar’s sweetness comes from a combination of apples, cinnamon, and raisins, with a touch of honey bringing out a different note of natural flavor. The savory counterpart, meanwhile, is provided by a lovely nut and seed blend of almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cashews, which add some crunch to the mix.

But that slight crunch is only added into the overall chewy goodness of the bar–it’s the perfect texture!

“Upon taking the first bite, we immediately noticed the delicious burst of flavor that this bar had to offer.”

The brainchild of Lyndsay “Huppy” Hupp, the original Huppybar was designed to be delicious, nutrient dense, and satisfying to the core. This one’s no different.

With 200 calories, 28g of carbs, 5g of protein, and 3g of fiber, this bar will no doubt keep you energized and on the go.

What’s more, the Apple Cinnamon Raisin Huppybar is 100% real and entirely gluten, soy, and dairy free!

We think it’s the perfect bar for fall, so get out there and enjoy it while you can surrounded by the changing leaves and cooler weather!

Huppybar’s Apple Cinnamon Raisin was chosen to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

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This Trail Mix Will Make You Feel Good Inside

Play Hard Give Back trail mix

We really appreciated the vision of Play Hard Give Back, and asked them to write this guest blog post about how they do just that. However, it’s not just their creativity and commitment to helping others that we liked. We also loved their ginger-flavored Fuel and Flow mix and selected it to be part of the September Trailfoody.

Reinventing the Tried and True

Peanuts, raisins, almonds, something sweet, and maybe some cashews if you’re lucky. That’s the classic, tried-and-true trail mix that’s stood the test of time and become a favorite among adventure-seeking millennials. At Play Hard Give Back (PHGB), we took this tried-and-true favorite and reinvented it to create three mixes that have a hint of the past, yet are full of exciting new flavors, such as ginger in our Fuel and Flow mix, coffee beans in our Rise and Shine mix, and peanut butter cups in our KarmaKandy mix. Each one of our mixes has its own unique flavor profile thanks to the innovative minds of our founders who thought outside the box and took a chance on reinventing the classic snack that is trail mix.

Staying True to Our Name

While playing hockey in college, co-founder Spencer Brendel loved to play hard in every way, but was also fascinated with the idea of harnessing the social impact of athletes to do good and give back to those in need. After starting the company and working with athletes such as alpine skier Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan, Lexi DuPont and Julian Carr, PHGB has stayed true to its roots using our current give back model.

Give Back

Recently we have partnered with No Kid Hungry to create a one for one model where for every bag of trail mix we sell we are able to donate one meal to a hungry child in the USA. Through this partnership, we have set the goal of donating 250,000 meals by the end of 2018.

Athlete Engagement

Partnering with Hope Sports, we take our athletes on two trips per year to Mexico, where we build two homes for those in need. While these trips are incredibly impactful to those who receive a new home, they are also a way for our athletes to step out of their athletic world and feel a sense of purpose through their work. To continue this feeling of purpose for our athletes back home, we will be creating a curriculum that will help them connect to their own community and continue the give back movement.

Keep Adventuring

Next time you head out on the trail, make sure to bring along your Trailfoody bag or head over to our website to grab some PHGB snacks to fuel your adventure and fund social change. You can use the promo code TRAILFOODY to receive 10% off your next order at playhardgiveback.com.

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Crafted to Taste Like a Cookie – JoJé Bar – The First Bar of Its Kind

Joje Chocolate Chip energy bar

Jess Cerra, from Jojé Bar, tells us this intriguing story about how she combined her culinary talent with science smarts to develop the perfect energy bar that tastes like a cookie. The Jojé Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is featured in the September Trailfoody.

Ever met an athlete or recreational enthusiast who doesn’t like a cookie? Me either!  So why not create a bar that checks all the boxes from a nutritional standpoint, but also tastes like a cookie?  Seems simple enough, but there is quite a story behind the evolution of JoJé bar.

Cycling Creates the Need for the Perfect Bar

Jess Cera CyclingIn grad school, while studying bone health of elite cyclists, I discovered that I myself, the “lab rat,” actually had an overwhelming capacity for cycling.  After finishing my M.S. in Exercise Physiology, there was finally time to start exploring my athletic potential.

So, in 2008 with the help of some awesome mentors, I started racing mountain bikes and XTERRA off-road triathlon.  In 2010, I won the XTERRA Amateur National Championship and started racing professionally.  Eventually, I switched my focus to racing mountain bikes professionally and then to road racing.  From 2015-2016, I raced on the UCI Domestic Continental team Twenty16, and in 2017 for Hagens Berman|Supermint, where I have competed internationally in some of the biggest races in the world, along with all the major US races.

Sports Nutrition Meets Culinary Skill

During this time, I combined my love of racing professionally, with my knowledge of sports nutrition and science and started a small, private chef company.  The primary focus was–and remains–on private, nutrition-conscious, in-home chef services and healthy cooking classes, plus a special niche in triathlon and cycling sports nutritioncamp catering.  I love working one-on-one and riding with my clients.  Additionally, I’m a regular contributor to the “Fuel” section in Triathlete Magazine.

Before I knew it, in my circle, I had become the go-to girl for advice on nutrition and training.  My training buddies and I used to joke about how we wished we could just fuel ourselves with cookies, so I bet them I could come up with something.

The key was putting actual scientific thought into this process because it seemed the market lacked any energy bars that tasted delicious and met our needs from a nutritional standpoint.  Most bars would cause a rush of energy, and then a quick depletion of energy, which couldn’t even be justified by taste because they really weren’t crave worthy.

Real Food is Better for Your Body

My first thoughts were to focus on using real food ingredients.  I knew from personal experience that my body always functioned better on real food.  Packing nuts and dried fruit, almond butter and apple slices, PB&J sandwiches, and baked good were always my favorite snacks.

And this wasn’t just my experience on the bike. I grew up in the mountains of Montana and am no stranger to hiking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ball sports, you name it. I love being outdoors, and I love good food.

The Science is Key

I was confident in my cookie baking skills, so all I had to do was combine some science into the recipe.  At the time, cutting edge research showed that endurance athletes need more fat in their fuel sources, which makes sense because fat is used for energy when exercising at 70% or less of your max capacity, which is most of the time.  Carbohydrates are still important and needed when we rip up into those intense efforts, and research emphasizes the importance of trying to keep glycogen stores full at the end of a training effort to maximize recovery.  In other words, it’s not a good idea to finish activity feeling bonked.

Research was also making it clear that high protein bars were not great for endurance activity because protein is the one macronutrient digested in the stomach.  Not fun to have all your blood rushing to your stomach while you’re out on an intense hike, trail run, or riding your bike up a mountain.

Finally, I knew a lot of athletes that were choosing to go gluten free to limit gut irritation, and I could sense this would be an important nutrition trend.

The First Bar is Born!

So I took to the kitchen, with a notebook and a pen, and started the process.  To begin, I chose a basic flavor, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  I carefully selected real food ingredients such as oats, peanuts, and honey. I needed to teach myself the ins and outs of baking gluten free because there is a learning curve.

I began experimenting by baking pans and pans of bars.  I would write down the total macronutrient contents in each pan, and then change ingredients until I got the ratios I was looking for based off the research.  I also worked hard on the ratio of simple and complex carbohydrates to eliminate the blood sugar highs and lows.

Then the fun part, field-testing began, and I had plenty of eager subjects who pretty much devoured every sample I offered up, even the crumbly ones.   Right off the bat, friends and training buddies were offering to pay me to bake them pans of bars.  And they were telling their friends, who were emailing me orders.  Within a couple of months I was shipping foil wrapped bars all over the country to cookie-starved athletes.

This is the Best Compliment You Can Get

Once I had the base of the recipe nailed down, I wanted to create more flavors, which needed to be superb and unique.  A training buddy suggested white chocolate and coconut, and that is how the White Chocolate Coconut Blondie was born.  There is not another bar out there that even comes close to touching this flavor.  The biggest compliments I’ve ever been given are how people have to hide this flavor from their husbands or wives, or hide it from themselves in their cars, or how they heat it and serve it with ice cream.  When you are getting compliments like this, ON AN ENERGY BAR, you know you’ve nailed it.

The best part, the science in the bars was actually working.  People were raving about how they could eat 6 bars on a 100-mile ride and have no stomach problems, and loved the consistent energy.  Personally, I had an epiphany during a hard road race, when I ate a bar at the base of a 20-mile climb and had my best hilltop finish ever.

joje bar teamFrom Hobby to Business

Then came the major challenge. Everyone wanted to get their mitts on the bars, so I became overwhelmed quite quickly.  To fulfill orders I was working half way through the night.  This is when my dear friend and training buddy, John, suggested that I take it to the next step.  He helped me create a plan to scale up, which started with finding a larger commercial kitchen space.

John and I began working side by side with in the new kitchen space.  He even helped me test and experiment with the next four flavors: Espresso Chocolate Almond, Lemon Blueberry Quinoa, Apple Walnut Cake, and YES Pancakes & Bacon (in fact, all the credit on that flavor dream goes to John).

What had started as a hobby and a passion for cookies became something we could share with everyone, so we founded JoJé bar.  The journey has not been easy but it has been overwhelmingly rewarding.  Racing professionally and running a company is a huge balance, that couldn’t be accomplished without John, who also races on an elite amateur level.

The fact that we both use the bars in our own training and racing speaks volumes about our product.  But, nothing compares to when someone takes a bite of a JoJé bar for the first time, and their face lights up as they smile and exclaim, “This tastes like a cookie!”

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Energy Gel Review: Huma Strawberry Chia Energy Gel

Looking to add some strawberry goodness to your next adventure? Try Huma’s strawberry flavored energy gel infused with chia seeds!

Huma started with this ancient fuel of the Tarahumara Indians, who, even to this day, fuel themselves with a special blend of chia seeds in order to complete epic 100+ mile marathons as part of their culture. How cool is that?!

And with 100 calories, 22g of carbs, 40mg of potassium, and 1g of both fiber and protein, this energy gel is the perfect tool for energy building and restoration. It’s specifically designed for glycogen supplementation so that you’ll never ‘bonk’ while out and about.

While it’s nutritious and energy building, that doesn’t mean that the taste has been sacrificed. Huma’s 100% all-natural strawberry gel is delightfully sweet thanks to the strawberry puree, evaporated cane juice, and brown rice syrup found in the ingredients.

Unlike most energy gels, Huma’s Chia Energy Gel doesn’t contain any artificial flavoring, so you can trust that that strawberry flavor is the real deal.

All of Huma’s energy gels are completely caffeine and gluten free, and are entirely vegan friendly. Thus, this energy gel is clearly a no-brainer.

We selected the strawberry Huma Chia Energy Gel as part of the August 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“I’d like to say that I save this energy gel for when I really need it, but I just can’t resist that kind of flavor. Thankfully those chia seeds provide long lasting energy…”

Grif Steele
Millenium-Ride Cyclist

“The fresh strawberry taste truly pops once it hits the tongue and leaves you wanting more.”

Britt Foodlove
Lover of all Things Berry

“I thought I smelled strawberries…”

Gracie
Berry Super Sniffer

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Energy Bar Review: The Original NATTi Bar

You know what’s simply bananas? The Original NATTi Bar!

This 100% natural bar has only one simple, natural ingredient: dehydrated bananas from Ecuador. It contains the same essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers found in an ordinary banana, but it’s in bar form!

Upon biting into the NATTi Bar, we immediately noticed a delightful pop of banana. But, the best part was definitely the chewy texture. It was both easy to eat and carry!

Loaded with 30mg of magnesium, 470mg of potassium, 110 calories, 19g of carbs, and 2 full grams of dietary fiber, the NATTi Bar provides all the health benefits of an ordinary banana without making you peel off any sort of skin. It’s all the goodness of a banana in an on-the-go snack!

What’s more, this bar is non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and entirely Kosher.

While other banana products would normally be artificially colored and, perhaps, artificially flavored, NATTi Bar is nothing but natural. There are no added preservatives or artificial ingredients!

And since the dehydrating process removes most of the water content, a dehydrated banana is a far more concentrated source of calories and nutrients than a fresh banana. This bar is perfect for health conscious people, athletes, and adventurers.

What more can we say? It’s pure banana goodness!

The Original NATTi Bar was selected to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

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Why You Might Become Dehydrated While on the Trail and the Importance of Proper Hydration

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You’ve probably heard that hydration can be more important than the food you eat during a challenging day in the outdoors. That’s why we asked Liquid I.V. to write this guest blog post about how to prevent dehydration. We were impressed with their Hydration Multiplier, which is why we included it in the August Trailfoody.

By Liquid I.V.

“Drink more water!” You hear and read about this all the time. And you know you are guilty of not hydrating properly from time to time (most of the time for some of us). Sounds so simple, but it’s honestly tough to be consistent about. It can be hard to remember to hydrate. And let’s face it… drinking plain water gets pretty boring after a while. We are human beings, and we demand excitement and instant gratification!

We force ourselves to drink whatever because we know we need it. Our bodies tell us we need it when we feel thirsty, but as we get older that sensation for thirst fades away. Plus, when given the choice, many of us gravitate to drinking something significantly less healthy and slightly sweeter (think soda, juice or artificial sports drinks).

hydration during trail runningMaintaining proper hydration levels is critical when exploring the great outdoors. A beautiful day can quickly turn into a bad day and hospital visit for an iv drip if you aren’t careful. Maintaining adequate fluid levels and replacing electrolytes serves a wide range of purposes in our bodies such as removing waste through urine; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Your body will begin to shut down without water. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, confusion, fatigue, and even loss of consciousness.

Here are a few reasons you might become dehydrated while out on the trail:

Caffeinated soda or coffee. Consuming relatively small amounts of soda or coffee can lead to dehydration. These drinks are considered diuretics that can cause an increase in the excretion of water from the body. Try to keep these to a minimum before going on a long hike or trail run.

Sweat. Sweat is the moisture that comes through your pores as a result of physical exertion, heat or even fever. Getting a good sweat on from your workout is one of the key ingredients to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An hour long run, bike ride, or hike up your favorite peak can cause your body to lose a great deal of its precious water and vital electrolytes like sodium and potassium. When you sweat, you can put yourself at risk of dehydration if you don’t replace what you’ve lost. A simple rule of thumb is to drink 16 ounces of water for every pound of sweat you lose.

hydration during climbing and trail runningHigh altitude. There are decreased oxygen levels in the atmosphere at high altitude and therefore athletes gravitate to working out there for the benefits of improving their fitness. Your body acclimates instinctively when you go up to high altitude by speeding up breathing and increasing urine output. These are both necessary changes for your body to make in order to adjust to the elevation gain. Going to the bathroom and breathing harder – which forces you to exhale more water vapor – both cause dehydration.

Sleep. Sleep is an important element of human survival. Our brains are designed in a way that requires them to receive rest so they can process and store thoughts from the previous day. When you sleep, your body doesn’t receive any water. Going 6+ hours without any form of hydration causes dehydration. This is why you may wake up feeling parched in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. Your body loses carbon and water with every breath you take while you are asleep.

Stress. Stress is something that we all deal with, and some manage it better than others. Surprisingly enough, keeping stress in check is important in order to maintain a healthy balance of hydration in our system. When you stress your body releases a stress hormone from your adrenal gland, which can exhaust the gland and result in adrenal insufficiency. The problem is that your adrenal gland is also responsible for regulating the level of your body’s fluids and electrolytes with the production of the aldosterone hormone. When the adrenal gland becomes fatigued, it fails to produce aldosterone, which leads to dehydration.

Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier

So what can you do to stay hydrated out on the trail besides just downing more water?

Drink something with an optimal ratio of electrolytes, glucose, and water that your body can absorb quickly and efficiently. The key to hydration is uptake, not intake.

Stay away from traditional sports drinks, which contain too much sugar and not enough electrolytes. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier contains 3x the electrolytes of traditional sports drinks with less than ½ the sugar and calories. The great-tasting electrolyte drink mix utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT), a precise ratio of sodium, potassium, and glucose, to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. Drinking 1 Liquid I.V. can result in the same hydration as drinking 2-3 bottles of water. Plus it contains B vitamins, which help your body quickly break down carbohydrates and turn them into fuel.

Look for Liquid I.V. in your August Trailfoody bag!