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June 12, 2014
Men's 70
477 posts
Solving Cramping Issues
Alan, thank you for your very interesting post. I note that Salt Stick is exactly as you describe and it is probably perfect for people doing extended activities in oppressive heat.
I note that what you describe in your post is extreme heat prostration and electrolyte depletion. I believe this condition is highly special and your approach makes total sense for it.
I believe however that the "pickle juice" post may have been dealing with a different issue. Many suffer from cramps at night or cramps which just appear during the day. These are idiopathic but real. For this type of cramp the pickle juice, vinegar or mustard does provide immediate relief.
If my memory is right, I recall reading that in marathons more runners are in life threatening condition because of drinking too much water than from being underhydrated. I believe this is caused by
too little sodium because of over hydrating. Your input on how to balance hydration properly may be of interest here. Thank you.
June 13, 2014
Men's 65
1000 posts
Alan, Interesting post. I attended a memorial yesterday of a friend who went on a mountain bike ride last week-end in Utah and was found the next day beside her bike. Evidently, she was dehydrated or over exposed to the heat and passed last Sunday. It was a shocker to all of us who knew this tough as nails woman.

How do we find out more about Salt Stick? Is there a website to read more? I've recently experienced some cramps in foot and leg for the first time in my life.
Ed Andrews
June 13, 2014
Men's 65
4549 posts
Interesting for myself as well.

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