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Old 07-05-11, 04:43 AM   #1
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Hi! Question About Potassium

Hi, everybody. I've come to the conclusion that I need to check into a Potassium supplement. So many days of 100+ degree temps combined with humidity and a God given ability to sweat like nobody's business have lead to some cramping issues. My hydration is good so I'm thinking that my Potassium could be kicked up a bit.

My question is if anyone here uses Potassium pills? If so, can you recommend a good brand and suggest the best time to take them. Pre/ post-ride, morning, bed time, etc.?

TIA for any info.

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Old 07-05-11, 06:14 AM   #2
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Go for a natural source, eat a banana which is high in potassium and will give some an energy boost also.
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Old 07-05-11, 06:29 AM   #3
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Don't overlook calcium and magnesium. Your muscles use a lot of them in hot weather as well.
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Don't forget salt. If you are hydrating with just H2O, you may want to add some electrolytes using Nuun, Heed or Gatorade etc.
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I take a Walley World Multi,Calcium and Potassium tablet when I get up each morning. No cramping
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Another great natural source, even higher than bananas, is sweet potatoes!
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i take a walley world multi,calcium and potassium tablet when i get up each morning. No cramping
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Thanks, everybody. As I said, I up my sodium intake in the summer just because of how much I sweat. I devour bananas but, for some reason, forgot about Sweet Taters. Love those things. I'll also look into magnesium, I actually eat Tums for the calcium since my last back surgery. Again, thanks for the info!
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good thread. All about electrolytes. (e.g. sodium, potassium, calcium, etc.)
One thing I found out (the hard way) - taking water without electrolytes helps but has a down side: you actually dilute your body electrolytes with plain water. Extra water is of course good. But diluted electrolytes can leave you feeling faint, sluggish, maybe closer to the wall. There's also some optimal mix of water, potassium, salt but I haven't figured out what it is yet.

So I take electrolytes - potassium regularly, also calcium, salt, and a mix of "liquid trace minerals". Some of the product names:
Tablytes is a good electrolyte mix and comes in liquid form too, Thermotabs is a buffered salt supplement which I don't take all year - only when the sweat runs the most. But what I think helps the most is the high-potassium foods and drinks (some vegetable juices), and some generic potassium tablets. Great thing about generic potassium tabs: you can take many bananas' worth of supplement in the volume of less than half a banana - this way you can bring a bunch on your long ride and keep taking a little at a time the whole way. Easier than carrying that many bananas.

Check the USDA or other official site for the recommended daily allowance of potassium - this one's dangerous if you overdo it, so they don't even sell tablets larger than 100mg by law. With calcium what I've heard it is true, and just apply the same rule to other supplements: it's better to spread out the intake over the day than to take it all at once. With calcium, the body can only absorb so much at a time, so beyond that it just goes to waste. 2 tablets 3x a day beats 3 tabs 2x a day.
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Try Endurolytes from Hammer Nutrition. I live in Texas where my rides are in 100 degree heat. I take 3 caplets every hour and have no cramping issues. They have a program where you can sample them for free if its your first time to purchase.
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