Posted by Jo Gookin on August 28th, 2014
Altitude sickness or “Acute mountain sickness” is a result of fatigue, dehydration and low oxygen levels. Just being at high altitude causes you to lose far more fluids than at lower elevations, more than a quart a day just from breathing. When you’re dehydrated, exercise makes you tired more quickly; real tiredness, not just being short of breath. Dehydration compounded by the low vapor pressure of oxygen results in changes in the blood chemistry, making it more acidic and harder to absorb what oxygen is available.
The afflicted person begins with classic symptoms of dehydration: Muddled thinking, irritability and fatigue. Additionally malaise, nausea, and headache at the base of the skull, tight shoulder and neck muscles follow if not relieved by descending to lower elevations or rehydrating with an electolyte replacement drink. Pleural or cerebral edema (Fluid accumulation in the lungs or brain) can result as dehydration progresses and the situation becomes life-threatening. Shortly after Vitalyte was developed, we received a letter from a runner who each summer spent his two-week vacation backpacking in the Sierras. Every year, after the first day, he would have a splitting headache and malaise, no appetite, and feeling lousy and nauseous. He figured that this occurred at high altitudes. Then one summer he took some Vitalyte with him. He drank at least a quart every day, and had none of the usual symptoms; no headache, no malaise, no nausea, and he covered longer distances than ever before. That is until he ran out of Vitalyte with a day and a half to go and had to get by with just water. When he finally made it back to his car, he shucked off his backpack; leaned against the car to unlock it, wondering how on earth he was ever going to be able to drive four hours back home. He got out a packet of Vitlayte, sat on the ground and made a quart. After drinking the full quart (“It was gone before I realized it!”), he became aware that his headache was going away and he was hungry. He wolfed down a sandwich, mixed up another quart of Vitalyte, and headed home, feeling normal again.
Mountaineering expeditions have reported that Vitalyte keeps them going even above 20,000 feet, with “no muscle cramps or altitude sickness and less fatigue even with 100-lb packs.” One member of the 1984 American Medical Expedition to Mount Everest had to reconcile himself to the fact that he would never even get to base camp because he usually suffered from altitude sickness between 12,000 and 14,000 feet and once had to be evacuated with cerebral edema. One day he realized that he was helping set up ladders across crevasses 2,000 feet above base camp … without even the slightest symptoms of altitude sickness. He made sure that he drank plenty of Vitalyte and finally backed off at 20,000 feet, the highest he had ever climbed by over 4,000 feet! Others who began to exhibit symptoms of a.m.s. were promptly “dosed” with Vitalyte and all recovered quickly.
Avoid altitude sickness and dehydration so you can enjoy your outdoor activities more; stay hydrated with VITALYTE!
Posted by Jo Gookin on August 21st, 2014
After running for months and biking with my brother regularly, I decided to learn swimming. I was never enrolled in any type of swimming classes during my childhood years so I had to start from scratch- learning how to generally move around in the water. I signed up for some classes and after 4 or 5 weeks of instruction, I decided to join a Masters class. I was in for a rude awakening. The Masters course included swimming more than 2000 yards a day, sometimes even 4000 yards. For me it was a test of both mental and physical resilience. I was in shape, but I was barely able to keep up. I basically took over the slow lane and chugged along as much as I could, most days completing about 90% of the workout. The coach helped me along the way and encouraged me to just do as much as I can and a little bit more, and to “stay hydrated to avoid cramps!” I always brought along a bottle of Vitalyte to make sure I was achieving optimal hydration. At some point in my training things clicked. It wasn’t necessarily that I became faster or had more endurance, but I knew I could do it. I just knew that with enough training, I could eventually swim longer distances, do faster sprints, and learn how to stay calm and breathe efficiently.
It felt really great each time I stepped into the pool and since then swimming has become my favorite activity. I realized I needed a goal to utilize my new-found mental strength to a maximum. I’m naturally competitive but there weren’t too many swimming races for adults so after some searching, I found my true calling – A sprint triathlon. I started biking again and running. I worked out wherever I could and was doing three swims, two bike rides and one to two runs per week. Soon enough, the day came for the Tri. On July 27th 2014, I completed in the Sprint event of the Miami Huntington’s Disease Triathlon. The swimming portion was in open water, which I hadn’t practiced much. I started at a fast pace within my group, easily getting ahead, but at some point my goggles were fogged and I was having trouble seeing. I looked up and realized how far I was from the shore and started panicking. I turned on my back and reverted back to those days in the pool and my place of zen I had visited so many times during the swim. Then I calmed down and started moving ahead. In less than 10 minutes I made it to the shore with the biggest sense of accomplishment even though I still had the bike and the run left!
The bike ride was out of this world, absolutely enjoyable. We had barely any wind so I was pushing hard averaging about 20 mph; this was surely the most fun part of the race. Both my water bottles were filled with Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement, this helped me stay hydrated. I finished both of them before getting back to the transition area. My transitions were great and having my family and friends around really encouraged me to be just a bit faster and giving it my all. Last was the run, I was running on fumes at this point but I kept telling myself, “just a little bit more!”
Before I knew it, I reached the finish line and was overcome by a sense of joy and relief. I had done it! I had officially become a triathlete! I joined my friends and family and we cheered on the athletes coming in after me. What an experience! And the best part was yet to come – my name was called during the awards! As it turns out, I had come in fourth place out of my group! I can’t wait for the next race.
Posted by Jo Gookin on August 14th, 2014
Marathons are my passion. I am currently on a mission to complete all six World Marathon Majors, including Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo. I’ve completed three of them (Boston, Berlin and Chicago) and I am still trying to get into the other three via lotteries. The last three are very difficult to get into. I have been trying for three years to get into NY and two years to get into London, but I am still determined.
Apart from participating in marathons I also enjoy travelling. I travel to other cities and countries in search of adventure and new experiences and running in places I have never been. I recently ran a marathon in Trinidad & Tobago, an island in the Caribbean, and I am presently getting trained for the Eugene Marathon in Oregon and Dublin, Ireland. I’m really excited about these upcoming races!
I have used Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement before, but I recently tried the Chia Surge Energy Gel. It is simply great! I was introduced to chia seeds a few years ago and I have integrated them into my diet in many ways. I am aware of the myriad health benefits chia seeds offer, so when I came across this gel by Vitalyte, I really wanted to try it. I realized that not only is it tasty, but it is also a great natural source of energy, especially during long runs.
As I get older and learn more about nutrition, recovery, injury prevention, and how to keep my body in great shape, I want to find products that really work and help me overall in all these areas. Vitalyte definitely has the hydration products and energy gels that I need and is a key component in my training.
Posted by Jo Gookin on August 12th, 2014
Playing sports has been my childhood passion. I have played Lacrosse, football and hockey since I was 4 years old. I was actively involved in all three sports through college and into the Navy while stationed in Japan. As a result of poor hydration, I often faced fatigue issues,. I was then introduced to Vitalyte’s range of replacement products and there has been no looking back after that. I had never experienced such outstanding levels of sustained hydration with any other product.
I started using Vitalyte when it was still called Gookenaid. I’ve been in Law Enforcement since 1996 and have been assigned to our Special Operations Group (SOG) since 2001 as a medic and S.W.A.T. operator; from 2003 to 2007 I worked on a specialized Search, Trauma and Rescue team covering southern Arizona where temperatures can easily rise up to 115 degrees during summer. A marathon and a rescue mission can involve a forty eight to ninety six hours hike through the Sonoran Desert. A hostage rescue once turned into a standoff with eighty lbs of tactical gear on our back. I realized that in these situations hydration is of paramount importance.
If I’m not running around Arizona and not in the country working, guess what I am doing? I’m running after my two sets of twin boys, (7 and 3), who naturally find it amusing to all go in separate directions at the same time. As a medic, athlete and S.W.A.T. operator, I understand the importance of exercise, balanced nutrition and proper hydration and Vitalyte answers the call perfectly. My primary choice during workouts in the gym or training sessions is Fruit Punch electrolyte replacement and Triphase endurance for that extra pickup.
As the team medic, I lay a lot of importance on hydration. I also insist my team on staying hydrated. When asked what they should use, I tell them Vitalyte. I mix up a batch during training days and always have a cooler full of Vitalyte during operations.
Posted by Jo Gookin on August 8th, 2014
In early 1997, some of the patients at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center‘s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) studies in Baltimore, reported good results while using Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement, known then as “Gookinaid E.R.G.”* Karen DeBusk, R.N., the director of the study at Johns Hopkins, requested a supply of Gookinaid™ for use in evaluating its effectiveness in relieving the malaise fatigue and lassitude that characterizes C.F.S. Results were so dramatic that Gookinaid was recommended as a supplement to drug therapy for the syndrome, as well as for other dehydration and electrolyte imbalance conditions, including: other neurological or hormonal induced electrolyte imbalance syndromes, and for patients who have had a portion of their digestive tract removed, limiting the return of fluids and electrolytes to the system.
What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes extreme fatigue. This is not the kind of fatigue that will go away after resting. It lasts for longer periods of time and causes hindrance to even daily activities. People who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome find it hard to attempt strenuous activities. They often experience dizziness and may even black out at times.
Low Electrolyte and Fluid Levels
Patients who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome are found to have low electrolyte and fluid levels, accompanied by hypotonicity (low blood pressure). Low electrolyte and fluid levels are the major factors in fatigue. In individuals with C.F.S., the autonomic nervous system is sending “mixed” signals to the endocrine system causing the body to lose more electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium, in urine than normal. This causes greater electrolyte and fluid loss, resulting in lowered blood volume and blood pressure. Therapy with experimental drugs to readjust the hormonal signals to help maintain normal electrolyte levels and reduce diuresis supported by oral fluid and electrolyte replacement has been very effective in helping the C.F.S. individuals resume more normally functional lives. The only electrolyte replacement drink found to be really effective in maintaining electrolyte and fluid levels is VITALYTE™
A synopsis of personal communications and preliminary reports on the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center Chronic Fatigue Syndrome studies-
VITALYTE is effective in alleviating chronic fatigue syndrome because it contains the same proportions of potassium and sodium and the same concentration of glucose as blood so that it gets absorbed directly from the stomach into the circulation. It increases blood volume without diluting the blood; this means that there isn’t an excess of water for the kidneys to have to eliminate, and less water is lost in the urine. Solutions with an excess of sodium, help to retain water only in the tissues, not in circulation. Excess sodium has to be excreted, ultimately causing more fluid loss and the loss of your own potassium in keeping up with the sodium losses.
Among the several causes of chronic hypotension (low blood pressure), dehydration and the resultant low blood volume ranks as one of the most common and most treatable disorders. In most cases, you can increase your blood volume and blood pressure by drinking more fluids during the day especially before meals. However, drinking just water may result in serious losses of electrolytes unless they are replaced by taking supplements.
Drinking plain water , in an empty or nearly empty stomach takes a long time to be absorbed. If you continue drinking water until you feel heavy or bloated, there will be enough hydrostatic pressure in the stomach to force the water into the blood, diluting the blood. Circulation then takes the blood to the kidneys where they remove the excess water and pass it on to the bladder. If you still experience thirst and want to urinate, there are chances that you may lose electrolytes. To avoid this you can have food in the stomach before drinking water; another is to drink diluted vegetable juices, or even diluted fruit juices and sports drinks. Diluting these drinks is recommended because at their usual concentrations, they will pull water from the blood into the stomach to dilute them until they are at the right concentration (isotonic) for absorption. This pulls even more fluid from your circulation, further decreasing blood pressure; this is why you usually feel lethargic after a meal, and may feel more vertigo than usual when you stand up.
Researchers and medical staff at clinics for hypotension, including those for chronic fatigue syndrome and neurological mediated hypotension at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, The Cheney Clinic and the Universal Life Center, have found that the most effective means of replacing circulatory fluid and electrolytes to increase blood volume and relieve hypotension is by drinking one to three quarts of VITALYTE each day. This electrolyte replacement drink contains just the right proportions of electrolytes, especially potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and glucose at the correct concentration to very quickly and effectively increase blood volume to normal … and you won’t keep going to the bathroom to urinate! On the other hand, if you were dehydrated, once your blood volume is up to normal, and you are now sufficiently rehydrated, additional VITALYTE will reduce the concentration of the urine to normal. Drinking a quart of VITALYTE each day will make a great difference for you … but, don’t take my word for it; find out for yourself!
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