Disclaimer: I received Lytezone free in exchange for a review on this blog. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own.
I am a heavy sweater and I’m prone to cramps when it’s hot. And I haven’t really found an electrolyte replacement system that works for me. Here’s what I’ve tried:
- Hammer Nutrition Electrolyte Caps
- Hammer Nutrition Fizz
- Saltstick Fastchews (Amazon Affiliate Link)
- Honeystinger Chews (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I don’t like sweet things when I run long, which is why I stopped taking Nuun (although it can taste great after a hot run!). Taking a pill mid race was way too cumbersome — if I didn’t manage to lose it, sometimes I dropped it when taking it out of a ziploc, and there isn’t a lot of time to get that sucker down, anyway.
I’ve been pretty happy with Saltstick Fastchews, but I was intrigued by the emphasis on magnesium rather than sodium in Lyteline’s sports drink.
Why do you need magnesium?
It’s rare to actually have a magnesium deficiency, unless you have a pretty serious chronic disease. What isn’t rare? Not having an adequate amount of magnesium. So why should you care?
A few of the benefits of magnesium:
- Sustain the health of your heart and blood vessels
- Relieve constipation
- Helps maintain bone health
Why do endurance athletes need magnesium?
- Combat fatigue
- Prevent muscle cramps
- Increase immuntiy
This is just a very brief overview of a few of the things magnesium does for your body. Remember, I am not a coach or a medical professional.
I had been taking a magnesium supplement for about a year, but I still continue to be plagued by occasional muscle cramps. I’ve also recently started using topical magnesium to combat the cramps and help with sleep (the jury is still out on that).
So I liked the emphasis on magnesium.
It’s not only magnesium
Lytezone isn’t only about magnesium. It also does supplement sodium, potassium, and zinc. What’s not in the bottle? Sugar. As in, zero. No stevia either. No sweetener of any kind, in fact. And I liked that — as I mentioned, I don’t want something sweet when I’m running long.
But how does it taste?
The literature I got with my sample summed it up nicely:
Has a slight lemon and mineral flavor. We intentionally avoid artificial flavors or sweeteners. Tastes similar to water and is best enjoyed cold!
Because my sample arrived the day after some travel to my parents, I opened it right up and tried it. Yes, it definitely tastes better cold (it was room temperature). And yes, it tastes like mineral water with a very slight lemon flavor.
If you like mineral water, you’ll enjoy the taste of Lytezone. If you love your Nuun, Lytezone might not float your boat. But if your Nuun isn’t helping to prevent cramps or give you the energy you’re seeking, you might like to try Lytezone.
I am not personally a fan of mineral water. So while I can’t say I loved the flavor of Lytezone, it wasn’t off putting — it just took a little getting used to.
But does it work?
Unfortunately I received this product after all my double digit long runs were done. However, I did use it on some shorter (4-6 mile) runs and my last 8 mile long run. There was no cramping (muscle or stomach, but I don’t normally have stomach problems).
It’s a little too soon for me to really tell whether or not this is the magic bullet for me when it comes to muscle cramping, but I would definitely recommend it — and plan to keep experimenting with it.
I did not use Lytezone in my most recent half marathon, because I felt that I hadn’t adequately tested it out on truly long runs. Perhaps it would have prevented the muscle cramping I got after the race — despite the chilly temps.
Talk to me:
What do you use for electrolytes on the run?
Have you ever thought about supplementing with magnesium?
What’s your solution for muscle cramping?