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Ginger – the root to solving … everything!

Ginger – the root to solving … everything! (well we think so!)

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol which is a relative of the compounds found in chilli peppers and turmeric. It has been suggested gingerol can contribute to soothing the stomach by relaxing the muscles in the gut, so that stomach contents are released into the small intestine. It may also have a calming effect, so it helps get rid of excess gas, and as a result reduces bloating and stomach discomfort.

The ginger that Active Root uses has been specially selected because of its high gingerol ratio. 
All Active Root drinks contain 204mg of ginger root extract per serving, equivalent of 4g of raw ginger. Our Gel Mix contains 102mg (2g raw equivalent) per serving. Depending on exertion levels we recommend drinking one 500-750ml bottle of Active Root drink per hour and up to 3 servings of Gel Mix. 

Many peer reviewed scientific studies have suggested this range of ginger dosage may help alleviate stomach discomfort and contribute to normal gut function.

Why does ginger help me perform better? 
The ginger in Active Root can help contribute towards a settled stomach and prevent bloating. Studies have shown that up to 90% of athletes experience some form of gastric discomfort during exercise, whether it’s pre-race nerves before, feeling sick during the event or bloating afterwards. (De Oliveira & Jeukendrup, 2013). 

How much do you need? 
The body need 80-90g of carbohydrate per hour during high intensity exercise. The body’s ability to process depends on the type of carbohydrate and how it is absorbed. For example, the small intestine can only absorb 60g of glucose per hour. So if your fuel source only contains glucose, you will only process 2/3 of the recommended hourly amount. Sugars such as maltodextrin and glucose also have a high glycemic index and are more likely to cause spikes in blood sugar.

How is Active Root Fuel Better?
All Active Root products use high quality unbleached natural cane sugar as the main fuel source. Unbleached cane sugar is a natural disaccharide which is made up of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Because it is a mix of two types of sugars with differing methods of absorption, it is easier for the small intestine to absorb the maximum amount of fuel needed for the body to function. 
It has a lower glycemic index than pure glucose or maltodextrin and is comparable to bananas and dates. This helps deliver steadier fuel delivery with fewer peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels.
Regular Active Root Sports Drink contains 33g of cane sugar per 500ml drink. Active Root Electrolite contains 9g per 500ml drink and Gel Mix 24g per 37.5ml serving. 

How does Active Root help hydration?
When the body is dehydrated, electrolyte levels become unbalanced. That can lead to performance being hampered by cramping, queasiness and heat stroke.
All Active Root hydration products contain natural sea salt, contributing to rehydration. As Active Root’s sea salt is naturally occurring and unrefined, it retains all the essential natural minerals from the sea including magnesium and potassium. These minerals contribute to re-hydrating the body more efficiently during exercise. 

History of Ginger
Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as part of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans. The Indians and ancient Chinese used the root of ginger as a tonic to treat common ailments. In the 14th century, ginger was a valuable commodity – a pound in weight cost the same as a sheep. Fortunately, we’re able to bring you Active Root at a slightly better price today! The ginger found in Active Root comes from China. It was originally cultivated there over 5,000 years ago and is hand processed in the same way today.

Co-Founder and Sports Nutritionist, Huw Stradling has overseen the development of Active Root. His studies produced evidence on the benefits of ginger in reducing gastrointestinal disturbances during exercise. The study at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh has since been peer reviewed and can be viewed here. He also has experience working with top-level sports teams across the UK and in the military. 

Chat to the experts on stand 9 at RunFit Expo 28/29 May 2021 Exhibition Centre Liverpool, or go online now to find out more: activeroot.co.uk


And have you tried Active Root’s Winter Warmer mix … we are very excited about this and can’t wait to try it and if you place any order over £30 then you get your 5x servings of the Active Root Winter Warmer free of charge.