Caffeine has been given a hard time in the past. One common misconception is that caffeine causes athletes to become dehydrated due to its diuretic effect. Research suggests that small to moderate doses of caffeine have minimal effects on urine losses or the person’s overall hydration levels. In other words, caffeine has been shown to have no negative consequences on electrolyte balance for athletes.
Glycogen is the stored form of carbohydrates and is one of the most important stored forms of energy for the body. It is mainly stored in the muscles and liver and during exercise, it forms an energy reserve that can be quickly mobilised to meet your need for glucose. Basically glycogen is converted to glucose when energy is required. Only 30 to 40 minutes of exercise is enough to cause your body’s glycogen stores to start to deplete and glycogen ‘debt’ can affect your performance. Glycogen ‘debt’ may lead to increased muscle catabolism as the body is forced to source energy via the breakdown of muscle. Muscle soreness, fatigue and delayed recovery may result, greatly affecting training and future results. Therefore, replenishing the glycogen stockpile before, during and after exercise is fundamental to keeping your body performing at its best and allowing you to improve every time you train or compete.
Endura Energy Gels contain 8.5 mg of caffeine in every 35 g gel sachet and 32 mg of caffeine per 100 mL. Each 35 g Endura Energy Gel contains 26 g of carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen stores and give you the fuel to keep going. For best results take one Endura Energy Gel 15 minutes prior to exercise and then another, every 30 minutes during exercise with fluid to prevent glycogen depletion and energy loss. To ensure you replenish all your glycogen stores, take one gel after exercise too. Depending on the duration of your event or training, you can consume up to 30 gels per day during intense endurance exercise. Make sure you also consume ample water and an adequate amount of Endura Rehydration Formula to avoid dehydration.
Endura Sports Gels - Before, during and after training and competition.
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