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Old 06-08-12, 02:51 PM   #1
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ideal sodium/potassium ratio

The nutritional info on each of our energy snacks (Gu gels, Shot Blocks, etc.) has a different sodium/potassium ratio. In addition, some have more sodium than potassium, while some have less sodium.

For the average person (not a racer) on long rides (40+ miles), who doesn't sweat profusely, is there an ideal ratio?

I read an article last week online (can't find it now...) which said contrary to popular thought, energy products should provide more potassium than sodium.
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Nuun and Hammer's products are in the range of 3.6-4:1 sodium : potassium.

I've used a mix of salt/light salt to get the same ratio for hot double centuries (and that was the only source of electrolytes beyond what is in maltodextrin) with good results. I mix the electrolytes with 1-2hr worth of calories and then supplement that with the appropriate amount of water.
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