Just got a sample pack of a sport drink called LowOz, from Ultimate Performance, a division of Rexall Drugs, the parent company of GNC, Met-Rx & Nutricia. Has anyone used this stuff? Their main pitch is that the mix contains magnesium, which few (none?) of the others do, and that the osmolality is at a level which promotes rapid uptake of fluid.
My boss knows I am one of the few endurance atheletes (me?) in our company around here. There have been problems with many of the field hands falling out from heat stress and dehydration, and he wants me test this stuff to see if we want to make it standard issue. I plan to start testing it out tomorrow.
One guy here had to be treated at the ER due to dehydration after a day at work, and another fell out from the heat. Both have been using LowOz and have not had further problems. But is it due to better personal awareness? Any sport drink will be absorbed faster that water.
Personally, Gatorade upsets my stomach, so I usually use Powerade mixed at about 65%, or straight water for shorter, hotter rides. On long rides, I use water and full-strength Powerade, alternating. Now bear in mind this is all taking place in lower Louisiana, where themps and humidity are both in the 90's this time of year.
I will post results and anything else I learn & thanks.