When to take SOS?
As we know hydration is vital, knowing when to take SOS will help you hydrate effectively and you compete to your potential. Here are some tips from the two founders and runners James and Tom.
It is important to be hydrated before exercise or competition, hence it is vital to know your hydration/nutrition needs. To be reminded then check out http://sosrehydrate.com/knowing-hydration-status/
Know your sweat rate, work out conditions and hydrate accordingly. We suggest taking an SOS in a water bottle sipped about an hour before.
The great thing about SOS is that it gets absorbed super quickly meaning that it wont loiter in your stomach giving you a stitch later.
During competition, depending on the intensity here are our suggestions:
Road, marathon and ultra runners:
Those running anything over 10km, then we suggest you pre mix some SOS in a bit of water as a concentrate to add to your drinks on route.
SOS is not suggested to be drank with gels as the excess sugar affects the absorption. It’s ok to use as a rinse to get rid of the gloopy gel. Keep 15 min either side of a gel for best possible absorption. After all gels aren’t needed for events under 1hr of duration.
Have 1 SOS per few hours of running. This will not only keep you hydrated, but will ward off leg cramps. SOS helps absorb the water faster than water alone, then liquid wont be sloshing around your stomach, rather it will be set to work where its needed most.
Middle and long distance track:
The founders former events. Those middle and long distance track runners haven’t got time and its not needed during the race but ensure you are hydrated before and especially after.
SOS is great between rounds. Citrate buffers lactic acid, sodium keeps you hydrated for longer, potassium and magnesium will aid muscle contraction and prevent fatigue.
Field eventers and jumpers:
Its hot out there in the middle of the track and you are getting dehydrated just sitting there waiting for your next round. Take a bottle mixed with SOS to keep you hydrated throughout the competition.
As soon as competition has been completed then take an SOS with a water bottle. This will replace lost electrolytes, the citrates will buffer the lactate and the magnesium will aid recovery.
SOS is based off proven medical and sports science, it provides what you need while you are running.
Where else are electrolyte drinks handy?
Flights: Immobility, decreased air moisture are some of the factors that lead to dehydration and jetlag while flying. Drinking an SOS just before landing will hydrate you faster, aid recovery from jet lag and help you adapt to the environment quicker.
Stomach upset: Especially relevant when traveling abroad for competition. Nausea, vomit, diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps will decrease performance. SOS’ formula activates a mechanism in your gut that absorbs water faster, hydrating you faster when you need it.
Hangovers: You have completed your ambition, won your personal race and now its time to celebrate! Alcohol dehydrates you and hangovers are mainly dehydration related. Take an SOS before you end your nights celebrations to help get you back to normal.
Is SOS Informed Sport ratified?
We are as anti drug as you are and want to ensure our athletes are safe from any banned substances creeping into our products.
What is SOS?
SOS was created by mixing James and Tom’s elite running experience with Blanca’s medical knowledge. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) standards and the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations, SOS provides the optimum amount of electrolytes with the fastest possible absorption capabilities for athletes.
James and Tom