Sunday, July 24, 2011

Adding Salt Before May Improve Running in the Heat

Currently in the testing phase at Sherbrooke, Goulet says, sodium-induced hyperhydration--essentially, drinking lightly salted water in the several hours preceding hot weather exercise--is clearly showing that it produces as good if not better results than glycerol-induced hyperhydration. The biggest trick, Goulet concedes, is making the substance palatable. For his trials, Goulet had the salt water ( just over ¼ teaspoon of table salt per cup) blended with Crystal Light and served at roughly 35 degrees, but adds, "You have to find what works best for you."

In case you missed it, check out
Is Chicken Noodle Soup Better Than Sports Drink? that I posted back in Nov 2009.

Three Korean Seasoning Pastes - Doenjang, Gochujang, Ssamjang

Occasionally I mix up some vegetables, seaweed, kidney beans, and chicken with miso paste and hot water in the morning before running.


  1. Thanks, didn't know that. But doesn't salt also make you dry and crave more water?

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  2. Increasing your sodium intake prior to a race will help you retain fluids according to this study. I think this implies you also increase fluids. The body is pretty good at balancing electrolyte concentration, so if you have an excess of sodium you'll retain more fluid. Like anything else, it's a matter of trial and error to see what seems to work best.