Electrolyte Salt Caps are electrolyte capsules with a unique formulation that deliver the full-spectrum of vital electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium), and vitamin D3 to sustain optimal bone health and immune function during intense endurance activities like ultramarathons, brevets, and triathlons. Electrolyte Salt Caps are highly bioavailable, immediately releasing an instantaneous supply of essential fueling nutrients.
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How to Use: Take 1 or 2 capsules per hour with sufficient water.
During extreme conditions , you may take 2 capsules per hour.
Why Unived Salt Capsules – Electrolyte Replacement
Electrolyte capsules replenish the loss of electrolytes through sweat and urine are inevitable during endurance activities lasting more than 3 hours, especially in Indian weather conditions. For such intense endeavors, like marathons, triathlons and ultras, ordinary sports drinks and water cannot compensate for the extensive electrolyte losses that your system will undergo. As part of your fueling strategy, Unived Salt Capsules effectively replace these losses in a proportional and balanced manner, without shocking your system with an excessive or imbalanced portfolio of electrolytes. Unived Salt Capsules complement your hydration source (water/ sports drink) perfectly in keeping hydration imbalances at bay. With the Unived Salt Capsules, you get a timely replenishment of electrolytes.
With sodium, potassium and magnesium, Unived Salt Capsules put your body on the right foot to fight dehydration, hyponatremia, muscle fatigue, cramps and weakness. Unived Salt tablets are India’s only electrolyte capsules to offer chloride and vitamin D3 along with all the essential electrolytes to ultra-athletes in one formulation. As a key electrolyte, chloride complements sodium to maintain adequate fluid uptake and body-water balance. Vitamin D3 minimizes the risk of injuries by optimizing bone health, and protects the immune system from becoming vulnerable post-exercise.
Unived Salt Capsules ensure that your system is instantaneously compensated for the loss of vital electrolytes, without experiencing spikes and drops in performance levels due to issues like muscle cramping, dehydration, stomach distress, and fatigue. They also shield your body against lasting physiological upheavals caused, by delivering adequate levels of nutrients that support a complete system recovery.
The intake of electrolytes depends a great deal on your sweat rate and the external weather conditions during your endurance activity. However, below is a general guideline to help you customize your electrolyte fueling plan with electrolyte salt capsules:
Light: very little sweat (think working out in an air conditioned gym)
Moderate: decent amount of sweat (think of the amount you sweat during a easy training run)
Heavy: you’re sweating! (during LSD training runs, faster runs, and races)
Most athletes in India fall under the moderate-heavy category.
Pre-training: No specific supplementation is necessary unless you are a heavy sweater. You should maintain adequate hydration on days leading up to your long-training run. If you are training under extremely hot and humid conditions or in general are a heavy sweater, take 1 capsule the night before and take 1 capsule with your pre-run snack. If going on a long run you may also want to consume a pre-run drink before heading out, read more about RRUNN™ Pre.
During training: If your run is less than 2 hours and conditions are favorable, you may not require salt cap supplementation. However, if you are running or cycling longer than about 90 minutes, or shorter but in hot and/or humid conditions, or if you tend to sweat moderate-heavy, you can follow the usage guide above depending on your sweat rate. Remember to also drink about 125ml of hydration mix every 30 minutes so you get your carbohydrates, amino-acids, and water – keeping you hydrated and energized. Read more about our Unived Elite Drink Mix product.
Post-training: Your post workout recovery process is always aided with proper electrolyte supplementation. Keep a simple strategy and ensure you consume 1-2 salt tablets post-workout along with a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein recovery drink, read more about Unived Elite Recovery Mix product.
Pre-race: Follow the general ‘pre-training’ guidelines above. For races in extreme conditions, or if you know for sure you will be running for between 2-5 hours, or more, then take 1-2 capsules the night before. Ensure you consume a pre-run drink before your race, learn more at RRUNN™ Pre.
During-race: Again, judge your sweat rate, the weather conditions, and the estimated duration of your run. To avoid cramps, nausea, and other issues, consume 1-2 capsules every hour of your activity. Remember to hydrate well and chose a good hydration & energy drink.
Post-race: Congratulations, you’re celebrating your new PB! In all this excitement, do not neglect your nutrition. Consume 1-2 capsules post race and ensure you drink a good recovery drink within 30-40 minutes of finishing. Read more about complete scientific recovery at Unived Elite Recovery Mix. Also remember to monitor your urine color for the next 48-72 hours, if it is a dark yellow then take 1-2 capsules a day until you reach a clear or straw yellow shade.
Consume just enough water needed to swallow the electrolyte capsules (approximately 50 ml). The rest of your hydration should come from your sports drink, in accordance with your fueling plan.
As a general guideline for your electrolyte plan and fueling strategy, we recommend that you determine what your sweat rate is during normal weather conditions. You should also test out your electrolyte plan during training, so you can adapt it to your sweat rate and physiology, and give your system time to acclimate to your overall fueling strategy.
Needless to say, every athlete sweats differently, and reacts uniquely to heat and humidity. You should tailor your intake of Unived Salt Capsules according to your sweat rate and the temperature conditions during your activity. Again, we recommend that you consume the capsules when training in similar conditions, to get the best out of the Unived Salt Capsules.
Please note that the Unived Salt Capsules are not intended to be consumed as your primary source of race fueling or hydration. While the Unived Salt Capsules are excellent for electrolyte, and vitamin D3 replenishment – you still need an adequate intake of water and fueling nutrients like carbohydrates during your activity. Unived Salt Capsules should be a part of an overall fueling strategy, along with water and a suitable sports drink or gel.
The Unived Salt Capsules – Electrolyte Replacement strictly adhere to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, and do not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any certification, or confirmation (written or otherwise) of the same.
Each serving of Unived Salt Capsules offers 214mg of sodium, the major electrolyte that is found in the extracellular fluid (the fluid outside of your cells). This electrolyte is essential to the transport of nutrients that are necessary for energy production in the cells. Sodium also plays a part in facilitating muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle, making it one of the most essential electrolytes from a sports performance perspective.
During intense exercise, your body loses fluids and sodium through sweat, which leads to a decrease in blood volume. This decrease in fluids and blood volume causes an increase in the proportion of sodium in the overall concentration of your fluids. This increase in sodium concentration triggers the thirst response when you are engaged in an endurance activity. By the time the thirst response is activated, your electrolytes are already out of balance and you are in danger of getting dehydrated. At this juncture, drinking plain water counters the thirst response, increases your blood volume, and only replenishes fluids – NOT electrolytes.
The increase in blood volume combined with the loss of sodium through sweat causes the dilution of sodium levels in your blood. The bottom line is, even though you don’t feel thirsty anymore, your electrolyte-fluid concentration is still imbalanced. This dilution of sodium will get worse with time, as you lose more electrolytes to sweat. This can result in fatigue due to the decrease in energy production, and the loss of crucial muscle function.
Unived Salt Capsules closely mimic the profile of sodium in your sweat, and to replace losses in a proportional manner. This ensures a commensurate increase in your sodium levels when you rehydrate, thereby keeping your fluid-electrolyte balance favorable for proper muscle and nerve function.
Each capsule of Unived Salt Capsules, replenishes you with 63mg of potassium. Potassium is an intracellular electrolyte (found inside the cells), and is stored in the muscles along with glycogen. It is also an important mediator of nerve impulses to the muscles. To power your endurance activity, your muscle glycogen is broken to release energy. As a result, you are rapidly losing the potassium present in your cells throughout the duration of your activity.
Over the course of an activity that is longer than 2 hours, you continue to lose potassium from your cells – this means that there is a higher concentration of the electrolyte outside the cell than inside the cell. This imbalance can interrupt the transmission of nerve impulses that control muscle cells, thereby hampering the smooth and powerful muscle movements during exercise. Unless the levels of potassium inside the cells are restored, muscle action will continue to decelerate. Potassium depletion can also manifest in symptoms like nausea, slower reflexes, irregular heartbeat, drowsiness, muscle fatigue, and weakness. It is evident that potassium losses can have devastating results on performance, which makes it imperative that losses through sweat and urine are instantly replaced.
The electrolyte profile of Unived Salt Capsules helps to correct the potassium concentration necessary for advanced muscle performance.
The correction in the levels of potassium effectively ‘resets’ the transport of nerve impulses to muscles, which translates into stronger strides and better performance.
Unived Salt Capsules are the only electrolyte capsules in India to offer chloride supplementation for endurance athletes, with 353mg of chloride per capsule.
Like sodium, chloride is an extracellular electrolyte found in the fluid environment outside cells. Chloride works in conjunction with sodium, to regulate body-water balance, and to ferry electrical impulses to muscles during your activity. Complementary levels of chloride and sodium are essential to maintain beneficial hydration levels. If sodium losses are replaced without a corresponding rise in chloride levels, electrolyte levels can go haywire and have a domino effect on your overall hydration status.
Unived Electrolyte Salt Caps ensure that a favorable balance is maintained between the levels of sodium and chloride – thus maintaining the critical hydration processes in the body, and uncompromising muscle function during critical stages of your activity.
Unived Salt Capsules provide your body with 79mg of magnesium, an indispensable part of any modern athlete’s fueling arsenal.
This electrolyte is the veritable powerhouse of your cells, with the largest concentrations of magnesium being found in the bones and muscles. What makes magnesium important from a sports performance perspective is its central role in energy production.
Magnesium is a key component of over 300 enzymes involved in muscle contraption and energy generation. Magnesium also impacts the effective usage of sodium, potassium, and calcium by the muscles. Thus, the depletion of magnesium can have an adverse effect on the body’s overall utilization of precious resources during endurance activities. If magnesium levels are not replaced, you can experience muscle cramps, muscle weakness, and fatigue. Further, magnesium is not produced naturally in the body, and is only obtained through sources like green leafy vegetables or specially fortified cereal. From a practical perspective, you cannot consume these sources in the middle of an activity, and neither are these sources the most bio-available form of magnesium.
The magnesium supplied by Unived Salt Capsules is highly-bioavailable, which means that it is rapidly assimilated into your body, and instantly directed towards crucial muscle function and energy generation during your activity. Unived Salt Capsules refresh your tired muscles, and help you sustain your pace and race mileage for the remainder of your activity, even when you have been going for hours.
We wanted to give you a formulation that goes the extra mile – just like you. In addition to the crucial electrolytes that you need to sustain your performance, Unived Salt Capsules also comes enhanced with vitamin D3, a nutrients to take you over the threshold of your limits, towards great performances – a first in India.
Run better and recover with an essential vitamin
Niggling injuries and chronic bone deficiencies are worryingly common among endurance athletes logging in high mileages – the key to eliminating these issues could be vitamin D3, an often overlooked nutrient in sports nutrition.
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin associated with several important functions of the skeletomuscular, immune, heart, brain and dental systems. Vitamin D3 is naturally synthesized by the skin under sunlight, however, nearly 80% of Indians have been found to be vitamin D3 deficient due to insufficient timely exposure to sunlight.
Athletes, particularly endurance athletes, have greater vitamin D3 needs than the general population. Athletes undergoing a training regimen involving high mileage can be at the risk of compromised bone health and higher risk of injury. Scientific studies have established that vitamin D3 is a major factor in optimizing bone health in athletes, and preventing injuries by minimizing stress factors. Vitamin D3 has also been found to be effective in regulating the electrolyte metabolism, and contributes towards attaining euhydration – a state where the body is in an optimal state of hydration during exercise.
Vitamin D3 is also an important factor in promoting protein synthesis after exercise, which assists in faster muscle recovery and rebuilding.
Intense endurance exercise can put your body through its paces – including your immune system – and leave you vulnerable to opportunistic bugs and infections which can derail your training schedule. Vitamin D3 boosts immune function, which further aids in recovery after exercise.
Aside from regular supplementation to maintain normal vitamin D3 levels, endurance athletes can benefit from supplementation during races and training sessions. This is essential to meet their elevated vitamin D3 needs, and to compensate for the additional stress borne by the skeletomuscular system during intense activities.
When looked at in conjunction with the deficiency data of the general population, it is evident athletes in India could be particularly vulnerable to exercise-related injuries and bone deficiency arising from the lack of vitamin D3. We wanted to address this specific problem with the unique formulation of the Unived Salt Capsules. Each serving of Unived Salt tablets contains 100 I.U. of highly bioavailable vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 in Unived Salt Capsules is derived from lichens, the only organic, plant-based and vegan approved source of vitamin D3 available, for enhanced bio-availability.
The vitamin D3 in Unived Salt Capsules reinforces your immune system, and prevents you from getting into an immune-compromised state after a grueling endurance activity. With the Unived Salt Capsules, you stay in fighting fit shape to recover faster, steer clear of injuries, and get back into the next training cycle feeling as ready as ever.
Electrolytes are an indispensable part of the fueling mechanism of your body, especially during high endurance activities. Electrolytes mediate the transport of nutrients, enzymes, and fluids in and out of our cells. Common performance issues during endurance activities like muscle cramping, stomach distress, hydration imbalances and weakness are often linked to rapid electrolyte loss due to sweating and weather conditions. Undoubtedly, electrolytes are the bedrock of performance, especially during physical activities exceeding 3 hours.
Your body’s hydration status and electrolyte balance are closely linked, as the transport of electrolytes in and out of cells is carried out in a fluid medium. This means that if you are dehydrated or over-hydrated, it has an effect on the electrolyte balance of your body, which in turn has a cascading effect on your performance.
The key takeaway here is that hydration isn’t merely about the intake of fluids. Only water cannot replace electrolyte losses. If only fluid is replaced, without replacing electrolytes as well, this will result in a fluid-electrolyte imbalance. Such an imbalance will result in cramping, digestive distress, and improper fluid uptake by the body.
This means that despite adding lots of fluid to your gut, your body might not be able to absorb nutrients from it properly without the addition of necessary electrolytes – the physiological equivalent of carrying dead weight.
Endurance performance is greatly compromised in warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels. A rise in body temperature is detrimental to cells, enzymes, and other key physiological components. Your body naturally reacts to warmer external temperatures by initiating physiological responses that can lower its core temperature. In order to dissipate heat from the body to the environment, the blood flow to your skin is increased. As blood is redirected to the skin from various parts of the body, there is a ‘shunting’ effect i.e. the amount of blood reaching your muscle and organs is decreased. This results in lower levels of oxygen being delivered to your muscles and organs, which instantly begins to negatively impact your performance.
A greater supply of blood to your skin results in more sweating, which helps to bring down your core temperature. However, since electrolytes are transported through the body’s fluid, a large proportion of your electrolytes are also expelled along with sweat. In fact, electrolytes are among the first casualties lost to sweat.
The amount and proportion in which various electrolytes are lost depends on your ‘sweat rate’, which is the amount of sweat you lose during an endurance activity. Sweat rates vary wildly on an individual basis, depending on the athlete’s physiology, and the temperature and humidity levels. Testing your sweat rate during normal temperature conditions (i.e. the conditions which you normally train in) will allow you to determine your normal sweat rate. Knowing your sweat rate is important towards understanding how your body responds to heat & humidity, and the rate at which you will dehydrate and lose electrolytes.
This will help you test out an electrolyte plan and fueling strategy during training itself, to give the body the chance to acclimate to it before an important event.
It’s great to know that you are making efforts towards staying adequately hydrated during your endurance activity.
However, you should know that the average sports drink or drinks like lemonade only provide adequate electrolytes for activities of short duration. For longer and more intense endurance workouts, the average sports drink cannot compensate for substantial electrolyte losses, especially in the Indian weather conditions. If these losses are not countered fast, you can experience debilitating symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, dehydration and stomach distress.
Electrolyte capsules like Unived Salt Capsules are formulated specifically to deliver essential electrolytes to you in a form that your body can easily absorb, and in proportions that will meet your electrolytes losses, without overloading your system with excessive electrolytes and fluid.
Further, your gut has a limited capacity for water. Constant intake of large quantities of sports drinks over the course of several hours may cause excessive fluid retention – over and above what your system can effectively process and use. This can result in an uncomfortable ‘sloshing’ effect in your stomach, which can be a source of nausea and stomach distress. Excessive fluid intake can also over-dilute your body’s remaining stores of electrolytes like sodium, which can cause hyponatremia – a condition which you want to avoid at all costs.
However, we would like to reiterate that it is important to also consume plain water and a sports drink to maintain adequate hydration and fueling. This doesn’t just ensure that you get a constant supply of carbohydrates to fuel your activity, but also helps to maintain the optimal water-electrolyte concentration.
We highly recommend training with a fueling plan comprising of Unived Salt Capsules, water, and a sports drink to determine the right balance that works for you.
An electrolyte plan should be a part of an overall fueling strategy. We recommend that you use the Unived Salt Capsules in conjunction with our hydration and endurance sports drink, Unived Elite Drink MIx to ensure that your comprehensive hydration and endurance needs are met over the course of a long endurance activity.
Unived Salt Capsules seamlessly compensate for your electrolyte losses over the course of a grueling endurance activity. Drinking 125ml of Unived Elite Drink MIx every 30-40 minutes ensures that the increased concentration of electrolytes is matched by a proportional rise in fluid levels. With Unived Elite Drink MIx, your body is equipped to fight dehydration, and is refueled with simple carbohydrates and endurance-boosting amino acids that let you power through the remainder of your activity.
If you prefer to carry a gel with you for events of longer duration, you can pair the Unived Salt Capsules with the Unived Energy Gel, gives you the cutting-edge fueling of the Unived Elite Drink MIx, with the convenience of a light, water-based gel.
As part of our diet, table salt (Sodium chloride) is our primary source of sodium in our everyday lives. Endurance athletes have higher requirements of sodium, as it is the predominant electrolyte that is lost through sweat. However, you are also losing other essential electrolytes to sweat, namely – chloride, potassium, and magnesium – which you cannot replenish through sodium chloride alone.
Unchecked losses of chloride, potassium and magnesium can have adverse effects on your performance such as nausea, muscle cramps, and fatigue. While some sports drinks do provide these electrolytes, the levels that they contain are not adequate to compensate for the losses during an intense endurance activity.
The physiology of the vital electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium) is interconnected. A spike in the levels of sodium alone, without a commensurate increase in other electrolytes is detrimental to your system and performance.
Further, adding table salt to your sports drink might make it extremely salty – you certainly don’t want to give your hydration source an unpleasant taste!
On the other hand, Unived Salt Capsules offer balanced and proportional replenishment of all the major electrolytes, in concentrations that will not shock your system. Unived Salt Capsules offers these electrolytes in a highly bioavailable form, which means they are instantly absorbed by your system, to help engage all its resources for optimal performance.
If you prefer, you can always add Unived Salt Capsules to your sports drink. This might make you drink slightly saltier than you are used to, but it will still remain palatable.
Unived Salt Capsules are electrolyte capsules formulated for intense endurance activities, to deliver essential electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium) for hydration support, and bone-health boosting vitamin D3 for injury prevention & immunity. Unived Salt Capsules help the body recover effectively from extensive electrolyte losses and maintain positive hydration levels.
Unived Salt Capsules were specially formulated to meet the physiological needs of endurance athletes who engage in endeavors like ultrarunning, brevets and triathlons that last more than 3 hours. Activities of such intensity result in significant electrolyte losses which can cause hydration imbalances, and dips in performance due to issues like muscle cramping and fatigue. During such activities, ordinary sports drinks and water cannot keep up with the body’s electrolyte losses. Unived Salt Capsules restores electrolyte levels proportionally, to ensure that all the vital electrolytes are present in the body in synergistic quantities. The Unived Salt Capsules offer you instantaneous hydration support, by supplying electrolytes in a highly-bioavailable form, without overloading the body with excessive fluids.
Regardless of whether you are running an ultra, or attempting a 200K cycling race – Unived Salt Caps help you stay on course, by constantly countering hydration imbalances, muscle cramps and fatigue.
Unived Salt Capsules have been scientifically engineered to replenish the body with the most essential electrolytes that directly impact athletic performance – sodium, chloride, potassium, and magnesium. These are also the electrolytes that are extensively lost to sweat and urine during intense endurance activities. Unived Salt Capsules deliver a proportional and balanced spectrum of these essential electrolytes – to restore electrolyte reserves, maintain optimal body-fluid balance, and counter symptoms of hydration imbalances like diminished muscle performance, cramps and fatigue.
Ideally, Unived Salt Caps should be stored in a cool, dry place. When you intend to use the electrolyte capsules for an event or a training session, you can easily carry them in a waterproof hydration pack or zip-lock bag.
Simply put, hyponatremia is a serious depletion in the necessary concentration of sodium, which can seriously hamper your performance with symptoms such as headaches, nausea, muscle cramping and fatigue. The most common cause of hyponatremia is over-hydration, i.e. drinking excessive fluids, which causes a dip in the sodium concentration.
If not treated, hyponatremia can significantly affect your performance. Unived Salt Capsules ensures that losses of sodium are instantly countered, and the necessary concentration is maintained for proper hydration and muscle function. The correction of sodium levels in the body helps you retain fluids better, which means you are less likely to consume excessive fluids due to thirsty.
Unived Salt Capsules don’t just help prevent hyponatremia – they ensure that your overall system has a positive and synergistic balance of electrolytes and fluids throughout your activity.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ electrolyte strategy, as this largely depends on the athlete’s individual sweat rate and weather conditions. However, you can use the table below as a general intake guideline:
If you anticipate a heavy sweat rate, you can also take one electrolyte capsule with at least a cup of water before starting your activity.
We recommend that you tailor your strategy according to your individual sweat rate. An effective way to do this is by using Unived Salt Capsules during your training, to determine what works best for your system. You should take into account the weather conditions anticipated on event day, when planning your electrolyte strategy.
You can also consume the Unived Salt Capsules in conjunction with Unived Elite Drink MIx, our hydration and endurance sports drink, to supply the necessary fluid intake, carbohydrates, amino acids, and a key osmolyte to boost your performance for the remainder of your activity.
No. The Unived Salt Capsules do not contain any sugar and have zero calories.
No. The Unived Salt Capsules have been formulated exclusively to supply vital electrolytes, vitamin D3 for bone support. Unived Salt Capsules are not intended to be used as a source of fuel, or as a source of hydration – they work best as a part of an overall fueling strategy. If you are looking for quality fueling products, you can check out Endurance Fuel sports drinks.
The Unived Salt Capsules are unique in this regard, as the only electrolyte capsules in India with chloride in their formulation. Chloride works closely with sodium to regulate the body-water balance, and transmit information to cells – including muscle cells. Complementary chloride and sodium levels are essential to maintaining the right hydration levels necessary to sustain your performance. Merely replenishing sodium levels without the commensurate chloride levels would result in an imbalance of electrolyte concentration, which can impact your overall hydration status. Which is why, along with the appropriate sodium levels, each serving of Unived Salt Capsules also supplies you with 358mg of chloride.
Vitamin D3 is found in cells throughout the body for various regulatory processes, but is particularly crucial to bone and immune health. Several studies have linked vitamin D3 deficiency to a higher risk of injury and poor recovery in athletes. Unived Salt Capsules are the only electrolyte capsules to supply vitamin D3 – which supports in healthy bone function, ensures proper recovery, and diminishes the risk of opportunistic illnesses and injuries post-exercise.
Conventional vitamin D3 supplements are derived from inorganic sources, which have limited bioavailability. The vitamin D3 in Unived Salt Capsules is derived from lichens, the only organic source of vitamin D3, thereby supplying the body with a highly bioavailable form of this nutrient.
The suggested limit is ten (10) electrolyte capsules per day. However, the intensity, duration, and/or heat associated with a particular activity may warrant additional intake. Moreover, each athlete possesses unique personal and biological requirements for optimum electrolyte replacement. It is also suggested to consult your doctor before exceeding the recommended dosage.
You should aim to drink just enough water to swallow the electrolyte capsules (approximately 50ml). Apart from that, the strategy should be to keep yourself hydrated with a sports drink, as per your fueling plan.
If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, we recommend that you consult your physician before consuming Unived Salt Capsules.
Unived Salt Capsules are formulated in accordance with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, and do not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any confirmation, written or otherwise, of the same.