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I was serious in my agreement with the question. Walking all day does not seem to me to be, typically, beyond the range of conditions that normal body functions can handle. Therefore I rely on healthy food and drink to compensate for the extra stress, rather than taking specialized tablets. Of course if someone is prone to an imbalance, or has other conditions, some special measures may be wise.Not sure if serious
I second the Aquarius suggestion. My first Camino trip I started to collapse after a hard 30k because I tried keeping up with a young soccer player. An Aussie nurse recognized the dehydration signs and got Aquarius into me and then some water. Worked like a charm! I always walk with Aquarius supplementing my water now and never have cramps or any issues. Aquarius has less sugar than most “sport drinks” and also has a sugar free version if you are so inclined.Bananas, fresh orange juice, and my personal favorite - Aquarius, which is sold in every bar in Spain just for this purpose. It's essentially Gatorade, but I think it tastes better.
Best easily transportable solution we found was electrolyte powder or Magnesium powder/sports powder to add to your water. We Bought packets in the US before going on Camino and when we ran out we found some in a sports store in Pamplona and then in a Pharmacy/Pharmaceria while on Camino, we were also able to find some in a larger “super mercado” Or supermarket located in the sports drink area.
Agree with Tincatinker. I have taken various physical fitness courses, had gym memberships and trained with the military. I learned that only extremely arduous/long sports activities and intense training practice in very hot weather require supplements. In 10 Caminos with numerous 40 km days in a row, I have never taken supplements or bought those fancy "electrolyte" replacement drinks--and never had any heat related problems. Just drink lots of water and eat healthily. Caminos are not triathlons.If you are eating a balanced and sensible diet while walking then you should have no need for electrolyte supplementation. If you are sweating excessively and losing crucial elements in consequence you need to reconsider your clothing and your hydration regime. Electrolyte supplements are recommended in cases of diarrhea and or vomiting. Not for moderate exercise in sub tropical environments. A pilgrimage to Santiago is not a triathlon.
Your liver will thank you for a little moderation in all things
Most people who walk the Camino are not experienced long distance hikers or athletes. And most people are not aware of the amount of hydration their bodies need in general, not to mention during any sort of exertion.
I think we need to lobby for introduction of Aquarius (Naranja) to the US. My brother and I rarely leave a bar without at least one can of it.Bananas, fresh orange juice, and my personal favorite - Aquarius, which is sold in every bar in Spain just for this purpose. It's essentially Gatorade, but I think it tastes better.
I bring along small packets of , EmergenC electrolytes power and dump one in every liter of drinking water. I feel a difference . I walked the Camino once in August( never again) and it was tough enough . But I generally carry a dozen little packets
Thank you, Rita. I love olives. I'm starting my Camino on the 26th of August. Can't wait!This thread got me thinking. Some of my favourite go to trail foods are bananas, yogurt, canned fish - foods that came up on the link about electrolytes. I love the gazpacho hint. I salt my food and eat plenty of olives.
I stop and eat some of the above food every couple of hours while walking and drink smaller quantities of water very often. I was told that is a better way to stay hydrated, rather than a big drink less often.
A previous thread on recovery food and times also has me eating fairly soon after I stop walking, rather than waiting till all the normal Camino ‘housekeeping’ is done.
I always have some electrolytes with me but have rarely used them and actually didn’t like them in my water - so guessed they weren’t needed.
However - I do take magnesium as this is one mineral that this body needs regularly even when not walking.
How fast and far we walk, what and when we eat, weather, and individual body type are all a factor In whether to use electrolytes or not.
Thanks for all the tips on good electrolyte brands. I will still continue to carry them, if not for myself then maybe for someone else.
My approach to to carry electrolyte tablets - bought Hydrolate in Australia- and would put a couple into my 800 ml water bottle and drink the lot after the day's walk, as soon as I had signed in at the night's accommodation. When the Hydrolate ran low, I simply too the pack to a Pharmacia and asked for an equivalent. Language was seldom a problem - while I speak little Spanish, someone in the Pharmacia generally spoke passable English, and having the Hydrolate tube meant that I was able to get an equivalent product...
I’ve noticed several advocates for Nuun but beware of the effects. On one of Camino I used it by dropping a tab into my water bottle in the morning and sipping it all day. The effects were explosive. On another occasion on a hike in the USA I did the same with the same results. Very embarrassing!!!I don't own any stock in this company, but I purchase at the local Walmart a product called "NUUN" hydration. It's cheap (about $ .50 a tab) and it's designed to go into a standard (plastic) bottle of water. It wasn't my go to before but has become that. It's very easy to carry (small plastic tube) and not heavy. Not unpleasant to taste. It's an add on to the thing you do with your diet. (By the way, on my first Camino there was a wonderful nurse from Australia who happened to carry a number of small Pediolyte packages that saved my .... stupidity... ). They may be the most effective option but fairly $$.
Sounds like you experienced a side effect of some forms of magnesium.I’ve noticed several advocates for Nuun but beware of the effects. On one of Camino I used it by dropping a tab into my water bottle in the morning and sipping it all day. The effects were explosive. On another occasion on a hike in the USA I did the same with the same results. Very embarrassing!!!
Follow the instructions on the pack religiously.
In all fairness, the website is little more than a blog and the equating of re-hydration powders with these different products that are little more than ways to make fizzy drinks at home from a century ago is unfair and potentially dangerous.No need really to translate. Essentially, the perspective put forward seems to me to liken the product to snake oil. Not that I ever tried snake oil.
I have no recommendations to make, just adding the link in case anyone would like to give it the once-over...
Does this add anything more balanced?In all fairness, the website is little more than a blog and the equating of re-hydration powders with these different products that are little more than ways to make fizzy drinks at home from a century ago is unfair and potentially dangerous.
Proper rehydration products are far from snake oil. Your companion, for whatever reason, was giving you something that was unpleasant to taste and served little purpose. There's a different lesson to take from that other than electrolytes are snake oil.
Yes, it does.Does this add anything more balanced?
Electrolytes play a pivotal role in the body – from balancing blood pressure to building new tissue. Nutritionist Kerry Torrens explains what electrolytes are, where we get them and how we can maintain levels for optimal health.www.bbcgoodfood.com
Electrolytes are available in just about every farmacia either as (flavoured) powders or tablets (soluble and not).
Paul, don't know why you chose to reply to me?I get my electrolytes from Chorizo sausage, Jammon, cheese, olives, nuts and chocolate with water. They taste much better than any flavored powders!
Hear, hear. Thank you, @Flatlander for putting this so succinctly.You're perfectly correct that a well balanced died and a reasonable approach to the Camino will probably be fine. Some people, though, find that the Camino is very different to their usual diet and that the daily activity/sleep pattern is very different from the normal. (Indeed, isn't that why a lot of people do this?) Sometimes a little assistance in rebalancing is no bad thing.