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Review: Eload Hydration Formula

ELOAD Hydration Formula Mix – Lemon. Photo: Eload Sport Nutrition

Having used Eload Hydration Formula, before and during my workouts, I enjoyed the variety of flavours and learnt a lot about what this product offers.

Eload Sport Nutrition adopts a three-step philosophy to help their athletes achieve peak performance – hydrate, fuel and recovery. Each step highlights a specific objective and a product that meets it.

Eload Energy Gel (fuel) provides triathletes with a boost of energy and prevents you from “hitting the wall” or “bonking.” Eload Recovery Formula has everything your body needs to rehydrate, repair broken down muscle tissue and recover quickly.

When it comes to taking on fluids during a race, it is important to replenish electrolytes. Eload Hydration Formula is a product designed to maintain a proper electrolyte balance of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

In my sessions, I primarily used the Lemon flavour mix. However, I did dabble outside of my comfort zone and tried the Pineapple flavouring. Whether you have a specific preference or like variety, Eload Hydration Formula comes in Lemon, Pineapple, Berry, Orange and Strawberry.

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When swimming, I realized that having a swig of Eload Hydration Formula, before and during my sessions, can have a significant impact on my performance. Often when I get halfway through a big swim set, my toes and calves will seize up. However, by adequately hydrating with Eload Hydration Formula before my set, my muscles were topped up with electrolytes, namely magnesium and zinc, which prevent muscles cramps.

Muscle cramps in the middle of a swim set.

When it comes to the bike and run, especially in long course triathlons, it is important to get your nutrition topped up on the bike. Having spent the better part of my summer and fall training for an Ironman, I experimented with a number of hydration mixes and how it affects my run. Eload Hydration Formula contains simple carbohydrates, such as dextrose, which is easily absorbed into the small intestine and taken up by your muscles. Quick absorption minimizes the GI issues you see with highly dense carbohydrate fluids.

Along with magnesium and zinc, Eload Hydration Formula contains a high quantity of sodium and potassium. On average, the ratio of sodium lost versus potassium is between 3:1 and 5:1. Eload Hydration Formula reflects this ratio to maintain the correct physiological electrolyte concentration. By maintaining this concentration, Eload Hydration Formula helps minimize muscle cramping and stomach bloating.

Per scoop (30g), Eload Hydration Formula contains 100 calories, 370 mg of sodium, 95 mg of potassium and 25 g of sugar.

This product is:

  • Free from artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives
  • Free from resistant starch
  • Low sweetness and low acidity
  • Quickly absorbed
  • Vegan
  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher/ Parve

Eload Hydration Formula (900g) – $35.99