Electrolyte Pills: The Quick Way To Reverse The Signs Of Dehydration And Hyponatremia In Your Next Heated Tennis Match

by Head Coach

electrolyte pills1 Electrolyte Pills: The Quick Way To Reverse The Signs Of Dehydration And Hyponatremia In Your Next Heated Tennis MatchHey guys,

While eating my pre-work out breakfast this morning, I was looking at some of the emails that came in from our TennisMindCamp players over the weekend, and there was one that really stuck out to me.

And since I think there are a lot more of us that probably have this tennis dilemma, I decided to share my solution to this one with all of you.

The question was…

“Coach, I know I’m supposed to drink water like propel or some sort of sports drink to stay hydrated and so I don’t cramp up, but what if I don’t drink enough or I’m so focused on what’s going on in the match that I forget.

I don’t want to be forced to retire or default the match from dehydration.  But I’ve already waited soooooo long.  What should I do if this happens and I really start to feel sluggish?”

Well first off, let me tell you, if you haven’t been recharging your mind and your body consistently throughout the tennis match (…especially when playing tennis in extreme heat), your in-game health, focus and performance are all going to take a humongous hit. So, you should definitely be concerned.

Not to mention, you up your chances of coming down with a serious case of hyponatremia. You’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Hyponatremia?” icon smile Electrolyte Pills: The Quick Way To Reverse The Signs Of Dehydration And Hyponatremia In Your Next Heated Tennis Match

Well you see, the more you play, the more energy you use.  And the more energy you expel, the more the level of nutrients (…particularly electrolytes) your body needs to perform at a high level, goes down.

And if you let those nutrients drop beyond a certain point,  then you’re going to be in extremely dangerous territory.

That said, Hyponatremia is what you experience when you’ve passed that critical threshold. It’s a metabolic condition where there are simply not enough electrolytes like sodium (salt), chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium in the body fluids outside the cells.

How do you know if you’re suffering from this unfortunate condition?

Well, God forbid you ever feel its effects… But if you’re unlucky enough to come down with this condition while playing, you should know how to recognize it.

These are some of the symptoms: nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, appetite loss, restlessness and irritability, muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, and even seizures.

That bad?!? Oh yeah, I’m NOT playin’ around folks.  It’s going to feel like you’ve just been hit with a ton of bricks, then blasted by a screaming Andy Roddick forehand immediately afterward.

Now don’t go crazy on me, you CAN reverse the effects and get yourself back in the tennis match (…even if you’ve already started to feel a decline), but you don’t have a lot of time.  You need to act fast!

So, what do you do, get the biggest container of liquid you can find and chug it down in one HUGE gulp ASAP? No, just suddenly grabbing and gulping down an entire bottle of Gatorade as fast as you can isn’t going to fix the problem. In fact, it just makes things worse.

(1) It’s going to take too long for your body to respond to it, and (2) you’re going to feel heavier and much slower because you downed so much all at once.  Oh and you know what,  hyponatremia can also affect athletes who consume too much fluid.

So, what’s the solution? Tell me already, right?!?

Ok… Ok…

It’s Pills – Electrolyte Pills!

Electrolytes are the main ingredients that your body uses loses AND is the core substance in nutritional sports drinks that help your body recover.

And it’s the same stuff in these electrolyte pills. But these can save you by giving you a much needed boost and can bring your game back to life – and do it *QUICKLY* without weighing you down.

Now, there are two main types of electrolyte pills: Tablet and gel-capsule form.  I would strongly recommend the gel capsule because the absorption rate into the body is a heck of a lot higher (…close to 90%) and much faster than the other.

Here are a few of the leading brands of electrolyte pills:  Hammer Endurolytes, NUUN tablets, Elete, Ultima Replenisher, and ZYM Tablets.  Feel free to try these out and see if it works for ya.

Now, by no means am I saying that electrolyte pills should take the place of a consistent hydration routine.  You NEED to be drinking before the match and during every changer over. That ‘s the most surefire way to eliminate the chance of cramping up, compromising technique, and losing focus.

In my opinion, this is solely an emergency strategy or maybe something you end up using alongside the other I suggested.

—-

This was a great question, because it makes us pay attention to the problem that a lot of us suffer from – knowing but not doing.  See, it’s not enough to know that you should drink. You *HAVE * to develop a hydration routine and make it an A-list priority to do it every time out.

So, make it a habit.  Do it whenever you’ve got a racket in your hand -  in tennis practice sessions, exhibition matches with your friends and hitting partners, and especially in real games.

Do that, and it’ll be second nature to you when it matters most. You’ll never forget and risk sabotaging your chances at a great win because of it – again.

Have a great day and an even better game!

Brian
TennisMindCamp

P.S. For more tennis tips, tennis secrets, and tennis strategies, click here.

Hey guys,While eating my pre-work out breakfast this morning, I was looking at some of the emails that came in from our TennisMindCamp players over the weekend, and there was one that really stuck out to me.

And since I think there are a lot more of us that probably have this tennis dilemma, I decided to share my solution to this one with all of you.

The question was…

“Coach, I know I’m supposed to drink water like propel or some sort of sports drink to stay hydrated and so I don’t cramp up, but what if I don’t drink enough or I’m so focused on what’s going on in the match that I forget. I don’t want to be forced to retire or default the match from dehydration.  But I’ve already waited soooooo long.  What should I do if this happens and I really start to feel sluggish?”

Well first off, let me tell you, if you haven’t been recharging your mind and your body consistently throughout the tennis match (…especially when playing tennis in extreme heat), your in-game health, focus and performance are all going to take a humongous hit. So, you should definitely be concerned.

Not to mention, you up your chances of coming down with a serious case of hyponatremia. You’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Hyponatremia?” icon smile Electrolyte Pills: The Quick Way To Reverse The Signs Of Dehydration And Hyponatremia In Your Next Heated Tennis Match

Well you see, the more you play, the more energy you use.  And the more energy you expel, the more the level of nutrients (…particularly electrolytes) your body needs to perform at a high level, goes down.

And if you let those nutrients drop beyond a certain point,  then you’re going to be in extremely dangerous territory.

That said, Hyponatremia is what you experience when you’ve passed that critical threshold. It’s a metabolic condition where there are simply not enough electrolytes like sodium (salt), chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium in the body fluids outside the cells.

How do you know if you’re suffering from this unfortunate condition?

Well, God forbid you ever feel its effects… But if you’re unlucky enough to come down with this condition while playing, you should know how to recognize it.

These are some of the symptoms: nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, appetite loss, restlessness and irritability, muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, and even seizures.

That bad?!? Oh yeah, I’m NOT playin’ around folks.  It’s going to feel like you’ve just been hit with a ton of bricks, then blasted by a screaming Andy Roddick forehand immediately afterward.

Now don’t go crazy on me, you CAN reverse the effects and get yourself back in the tennis match (…even if you’ve already started to feel a decline), but you don’t have a lot of time.  You need to act fast!

So, what do you do, get the biggest container of liquid you can find and chug it down in one HUGE gulp ASAP? No, just suddenly grabbing and gulping down an entire bottle of Gatorade as fast as you
can isn’t going to fix the problem. In fact, it just makes things worse.

(1) It’s going to take too long for your body to respond to it, and (2) you’re going to feel heavier and much slower because you downed so much all at once.  Oh and you know what,  hyponatremia can also affect athletes who consume too much fluid.

So, what’s the solution? Tell me already, right?!?

Ok… Ok… It’s pills – Electrolyte pills!  Electrolytes are the main ingredients that your body uses loses AND is the core substance in nutritional sports drinks that help your body recover.

And it’s the same stuff in these pills. But these can save you by giving you a much needed boost and can bring your game back to life – and do it *QUICKLY* without weighing you down.

Now, there are two main types: Tablet and gel-capsule form.  I would strongly recommend the gel capsule because the absorption rate into the body is a heck of a lot higher (…close to 90%) and much faster than the other.

Here are a few of the leading brands:  Hammer Endurolytes, NUUN tablets, Elete, Ultima Replenisher, and ZYM Tablets.  Feel free to try these out and see if it works for ya.

Now, by no means am I saying this should take the place of a consistent hydration routine.  You NEED to be drinking before the match and during every changer over. That ‘s the most surefire way to eliminate the chance of cramping up, compromising technique, and losing focus.

In my opinion, this is solely an emergency strategy or maybe something you end up using alongside the other I suggested.

—-

This was a great question, because it makes us pay attention to the problem that a lot of us suffer from – knowing but not doing.  See, it’s not enough to know that you should drink. You *HAVE * to develop a hydration routine and make it an A-list priority to do it every time out.

So, make it a habit.  Do it whenever you’ve got a racket in your hand -  in tennis practice sessions, exhibition matches with your friends and hitting partners, and especially in real games.

Do that, and it’ll be second nature to you when it matters most. You’ll never forget and risk sabotaging your chances at a great win because of it – again.

Have a great day and an even better game!

Brian
TennisMindCamp

P.S. For more tennis tips, tennis secrets, and tennis strategies, click here.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

linda anglim

Great Advice but were do you get these capsules?

Head Coach

@Linda: Thanks for the feedback Linda. As to where you can purchase the electrolyte capsules, they are available on amazon.com.

You can get also get a ton of information about how to order these as well as some reviews from athletes who have already given them a try (see page below)

http://coachlevi.com/nutrition/get-electrolytes-without-gatorade/

Have a great day and an even better game…

Peter Alegria

He’s right the electrolyte pills really do work !

Tyler

I think you can get these at Walmart or Target too. This is really good advice and best of all it works and tastes good!

marilyn mccroskey

Gee Coach, thanks… this is so important and now that I heard it directly from you, I will change my habits! I didn’t know about electrolyte pills – although at Whole Foods, I have seen electrolyte water in plastic bottles…is this just as good if you can’t find the pills?

Head Coach

@Mariyln: Glad you enjoyed the info! The pills will likely pack a heavier and more immediate punch right away. But you’re definitely on the right track. Smart H20 and Propel are great examples of water that is packed with virtually the same stuff as the pills and other sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade. The drinks though are great for gradual and consistent hydration throughout the court of a match.

Edge Tennis Blog

I have used these for my team here in Arizona for the past two years. You’re right they work, in two years no heat related illness at all.

Dawn To Dusk

Wow, great information! I didn’t know such thing existed. However, my question is for those who are vegetarians, such as myself, or those that are vegan. Which electrolyte pill would be best, a table or gel-capsule form?

Head Coach

Great question Dawn To Dusk. I’d highly recommend the tablet because most gel-capsules are made from gelatin. And gelatin, for those of you who don’t know, is made out of hooves, cartilage, and bones from animals.

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