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High Altitudes and Dehydration

High Altitudes and DehydrationAltitude 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.

High Altitudes and DehydrationMountaineering 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!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Hypertension

Chronic Fatigue SyndromeIn 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.

HypotensionChronic Hypotension
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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Dehydration: Causes and Remedies

Dehydration remediesDehydration occurs when the body loses essential fluids, including salts and minerals. There is a myth associated with dehydration that it is primarily caused by heat. Heat does contribute to dehydration, but it is not the main source. One can get dehydrated even in cool conditions. This is because cold air is dryer than hot air and the dryness is what causes dehydration. So, you can get even more dehydrated in cold weather. By compounding the low temperature and low humidity with altitude you can lose 2 quarts an hour without even realizing that you have. However, there are other factors that commonly can lead to dehydration. They are air conditioning, antihistamines, decongestants, caffeine and alcohol. When dehydration occurs due to these external factors, you will experience symptoms like impaired mental acuity, slower decision making ability, forgetfulness, transposing terms, inefficiency at work, recreational activities, stiff aching muscles and headache. These effects start showing up even before you feel thirsty. Mental processes let you recognize that you are thirsty. A lot of people override their thirst reflex, as they are too busy with their day to day chores. An Ironman Triathlon Champion Scott Tinley said, “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

Air conditioning: We have often noticed that water drips off air conditioners. Have you ever wondered why this happens? When the outside air circulates through an air conditioner and is cooled, moisture is lost and the amount of water vapor in the air decreases. Additionally the cool air also takes away the moisture from your lungs as you breathe. We experience this in dry humid areas and hot conditions but not in cooler regions. The relative humidity drops 50-70% as the air is cooled. The same is true of cold winter air; it holds far less moisture than warm air, another reason people catch cold during the winter, it is not just the cold weather. Also, people often fall sick after flight journeys. This happens because you lose a lot of fluids as a result of air conditioning and low air pressure, further causing cold or flu. Try our Natural Lemonade Vitalyte Sticks . These energy sticks are made with essential electrolytes in the proper ratios, Vitalyte’s isotonic formula replenishes lost electrolytes incredibly fast. Vitalyte electrolyte drink mix is not only advanced hydration, but also a great barrier against oxidative stress brought on by physical activity.

replenish electrolytes easily

Replenish electrolytes easily

Antihistamines and decongestants: Both work by dehydrating the cells and can have a profound effect on mental acuity. This is why airline pilots are not permitted to use them less than eight hours before flying. Don’t you wish that this requirement applied to surgeons and others in such decision-intensive jobs? This can also affect the performance of athletes, especially ones who depend upon fast reactions like tennis or handball. Have you noticed how many more errors are made in the final innings of a baseball game or the last quarter of a football game? This happens as a result of fatigue caused by dehydration. What is needed is a hydrating drink mix that will replace electrolytes to provide athletes with an edge. One such replacement drink mix is Fruit Punch Vitalyte Sticks.  Made with fruit punch flavor, these sticks will provide you with the hydration required to perform your best.

Caffeine is a diuretic causing you to lose fluids via the kidneys, more fluids than you have in that cup of coffee or soft drink. Recent studies indicate that people who drink more caffeine may have built up a tolerance and may not lose as much of what they drink as less frequent users. Another study indicates that these “heavy drinkers” may be chronically dehydrated and, therefore, can’t lose much more fluid. Alcohol is also causes you to lose more fluid than you drink, more than caffeine because it is an anti-antidiuretic. It suppresses the anti-diuretic hormone required to reduce blood pressure by acting on kidneys and blood vessels. Read more. What can be more dangerous is the systemic loss of fluids. Alcohol also pulls water directly from the tissues, especially affecting the stomach, liver and brain and ultimately damaging these organs. Our Electrolyte Replacement products had not been IN the market long before we at VITALYTE™ started getting testimonials about how effective it is in alleviating the effects of hangovers. We at VITALYTE™ believe that health is wealth and working out is not merely a physical activity but a means to restore your life. Keep yourself hydrated by avoiding these factors that contribute to dehydration or, if you can’t avoid them, anticipate the need to stay hydrated by drinking enough VITALYTE . When you know you’re going to be losing fluids, like when you’re taking a trip, going skiing, summiting a 14’er or having one too many on a Saturday night… and remember Scott Tinley’s advice: “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

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Not Your Typical Runner

Berea Thompson — Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

Each race we host along the Huntington Beach bike trail teaches me something about running, and the HB Ocean Run on May 17th did once again!

If you looked at the crowd of 50 people standing on the beach that day, you would have thought maybe they were meeting for a beach clean up, or possibly a group book club, or maybe some sort of AA support group (they actually host these meetings down by Beach Blvd), but you probably wouldn’t have thought they were all athletes about to run their hearts out for a 5k, 10k 15k, or a half-marathon! That’s because they didn’t look like societies “stero-typical” runner.

Before getting into the racing scene (running in local non-profit 5k fundraiser, joining the craziness at big Rock ‘n Roll Marathons and then eventually hosting my own races) I would have told someone a typical runner is a single 22 year old that’s super tall, a model of fitness, geared up in Nike DriFIT, and prances like a gazelle when running (and their hair flowing all the same). But I would have been totally wrong!

If you look at national survey data by runningusa.org they found the typical female runner is married of the age 39, 5’5”, 140 lb and motivated to run in order to stay in shape. The typical male runner is married of the age 44, 5’10”, 174 lb and also motivated to run in order to stay in shape. Although their favorite running apparel is Nike, I had everything else wrong!

I’m glad my stereotypical view of a runner was wrong! I see every age, race, size, and shape at our races and I love it, because running is for everyone! The fastest 5k runner at the Ocean Run was a 66 year old man. The second fastest half marathon runner was a 45 year old woman. And the 10k neck and neck race to the finish was between two men well above their 20’s :)

All you need to do to be a runner is to strap on a pair of shoes and hit the pavement. It doesn’t matter the distance you go or the speed you travel as long as you are out there giving it your all and enjoying every minute. Besides, with Vitalytes greatest Electrolyte Drink you will feel just like that gazelle runner!

How Healthy Electrolyte Drinks Can Boost Your Performance

healthy-electrolyte-drinksYou have probably heard a lot about so-called “electrolyte drinks,” but what exactly do they do? And more importantly, how can you separate the healthy electrolyte drinks from the less nutritional varieties? When it comes to electrolyte drinks, it’s very important to read labels and ensure that you know what you’re getting.

What are Electrolyte Drinks Anyway?

An electrolyte drink, or electrolyte replacement drink, is a beverage that allows you to replace the important nutrients lost through physical activity and sweating. If you want to get extremely technical about it, electrolytes are substances that give ions when dissolved in water, and are separated into acids, bases and salts. But all you really need to understand is that your body requires certain electrolytes, such as sodium, chlorine, calcium, potassium, phosphate and magnesium.

Electrolyte drinks contain these important ingredients, and when you drink them during or after a period of physical activity, your body is better able to maintain healthy electrolyte levels. Since your body loses electrolytes—especially sodium and potassium—through sweat, this is extremely important.

Why are Electrolytes So Important?

Electrolytes help to regulate essential body functions like nerve reaction, heartbeat and muscle function. As your electrolytes are depleted, you become vulnerable to weakness, muscle spasms, convulsions and even nervous system disorders. That’s why it’s so important to maintain healthy electrolyte levels in order to boost your performance, stay at the top of your game and –most importantly—maintain your optimal health.

How to Find Healthy Electrolyte Drinks

As previously emphasized, not all electrolyte drinks are created equal. When comparing electrolyte drinks, the first thing to consider is the amount of sugar present. Some electrolyte drinks contain 20 grams of sugar or more. Look for low sugar varieties, and avoid drinks that are high in calories. In the long run, these refreshments will cause more harm than good.

Additionally, look for electrolyte drinks that use natural ingredients. Avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives as much as possible, and always read labels carefully before making a purchase. The ingredients list should be dominated by real electrolytes, like sodium bicarbonate, calcium citrate and beta carotene, as well as natural flavors.

Find the Best Healthy Electrolyte Drinks at Vitalyte

If you would like to try a truly superior, specially-formulated healthy electrolyte drink today, check out our full line of products today. At Vitaltye, we take quality very seriously, and we go to great lengths to provide a truly superior class of sports energy drinks.

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