Unived Elite Drink Mix Isotonic Sports Drink
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Unived Elite Drink Mix Orange Twist - Camille Herron

Unived Elite Drink Mix, 2:1 Carbohydrate Ratio, 190kcal, Vegan Isotonic Sports Mix for Runners & Endurance Athletes

$20.00

  • Clinically prove 2:1 ratio of simple to complex carbohydrates
  • 190kcal per gel, along with Betaine, Beta-alanine, Sodium Bicarbonate, and essential Electrolytes
  • For an Isotonic solution, blend with 20-27 fl oz (600-800ml) water
  • Co-developed with World Champion Camille Herron & Elite Trail Runner Hayden Hawks, along with crucial involvement from many of the Unived Elite Athletes
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INTRODUCTION

Unived is excited to present our Elite line of Endurance Fuel, revolutionary formulations, a first of its kind in the World.

The architecture of the formulations has been meticulously developed, in collaboration with many of the Unived Elite Athletes from across the World. The product development process has spanned nearly two years, with hundreds of batches and countless trials, and the products have been used and tested in various climatic conditions and across different terrain.

We are honored to bring these product to market, and to finally offer them to you.

Unived Elite Drink Mix Co-Developed with Elite AthletesCONCEPT

In 2017 we began toying with the idea of creating a new gel & drink mix, with the desire to deliver the maximum hourly caloric intake via carbohydrates, while also reducing potential GI distress which can be caused by continuous nutrition intake paired with excessive physiological stress – both of which occur during long training sessions and long grueling races.

Our research showed us that while we can consume any amount of carbohydrates in an hour, we can only oxidize and absorb a very specific amount. Usually, when we consume more than we can oxidize, we create a bottleneck in the gut, and this sets off a chain of unpleasant experiences, some of which manifest in the form of GI distress, stomach and abdominal pain, and result in athletes slowing down or dropping out due to severe discomfort.

Glucose, is oxidized via the SGLT1 pathway at a rate of 1g/minute, resulting in 60g/hour. Fructose, is oxidized via a completely different pathway, GLUT5. When we combine these multiple transportable carbohydrates in a 2:1 ratio, the total rate of ingested carbohydrate can exceed 1.5g/minute or 90g/hour[1]. This is possible because the carbohydrates are oxidized via non-competing pathways.

The Unived Elite line of products have been formulated for activities lasting greater than two hours. The Unived Elite Drink Mix & Elite Gels have the same optimal 2:1 ratio of simple to complex carbohydrates. Both offer you 30 grams of simple carbohydrates, and 15 grams of complex carbohydrates, for a total of 45 grams of carbohydrates, and 190kcal, per serving.

The other ingredients in the two products have been adjusted in a manner to provide additional support to the body based on climatic conditions. We have made the assumption that one may consume more of the isotonic Unived Elite Drink Mix during the day when temperatures peak, perspiration rates are high, and thirst increases; and that one may prefer the Unived Elite Gels during cooler periods of the day, and at night, when perspiration rates are low, and the body is not as thirsty.

During the day when temperatures peak, you will experience high perspiration and your body will lose both fluids & electrolytes. You must aim to replace both, and hence may want to consume more of the Unived Elite Drink Mix and less of the Unived Elite Gels. Apart from 45 grams of carbohydrates, the Unived Elite Drink Mix contains 1 gram of Betaine which acts as an osmoprotectant, protecting your cells from environmental stress under heat & humidity, 400mg of Beta-Alanine which buffers the acidity that builds up in our active muscles during exercise, 200mg of Sodium Bicarbonate which delays the onset of fatigue produced by lactic acid build-up, and all the essential electrolytes required to re-hydrate you. These ingredients are important as they aid you in maintaining your performance, especially during challenging climatic conditions.

During cooler times and also at night, you may experience less perspiration and may want to consume more of the Unived Elite Gel which is a concentrated source of fuel, and a little less of the Unived Drink Mix. Apart from 45 grams of carbohydrates, the Unived Elite Gel contains 800mg of Betaine which acts as an osmoprotectant, protecting your cells from environmental stress under heat & humidity, 400mg of Beta-Alanine which buffers the acidity that builds up in our active muscles during exercise, 200mg of Sodium Bicarbonate which delays the onset of fatigue produced by lactic acid build-up, and all the essential electrolytes required to re-hydrate you. As the Unived Elite Gel is a concentrated energy source, its main role is to deliver energy and supporting nutrients to your body with an instant consumption.

The concentration of electrolytes and betaine is higher in the Unived Elite Drink Mix as compared to the Unived Elite Gel. This is due to the additional requirements that your body may have during the day, when temperatures rise and you find yourself under environmental stress.

Irrespective of the time of the day, to gain maximum benefit from the Unived Elite Endurance Fuel system, you must aim to consume two servings per hour, to get 90 grams of carbohydrates and 380kcal, per hour.

Always remember to consume the Unived Elite Recovery Mix within 20 minutes of completing a hard training run, or a race, for optimal recovery. For ultra-distance activities, you may follow through with a second serving, 30 minutes after you consume the first.

Unived Elite Drink Mix, kicks in to offset physical electrolyte losses and supply you with additional energy – so can you stay on target and focus on your goal. Unived Elite Drink Mix is an isotonic sports drink, that keeps your hydration and fluid uptake levels optimal throughout your endurance activity. Body salts such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride replace your electrolyte losses, support muscle protein synthesis, facilitate fluid uptake, and prevent muscle cramps. Beta-alanine supports and dramatically reduce fatigue. The key osmolyte maintains fluid balance and protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stresses like heat. It also releases energy and improves physical endurance.

Unived Elite Drink Mix USPs2:1 CARBOHYDRATE RATIO

During very prolonged exercise, ingestion of Glucose and Fructose, in a 2:1 ratio, results in greater carbohydrate oxidation rates than the ingestion of an isoenergetic amount of Glucose alone[2].

This is due to the fact that more than one transport mechanism is called into use, as Glucose is transported via the sodium glucose pathway, SGLT1, and Fructose is transported via a different pathway, GLUT5[3].

At our maximum capacity, we can transport Glucose via SGLT1 at a rate of 1gram per minute, resulting in 60grams per hour. However, when we co-ingest Glucose and Fructose, in a 2:1 ratio, we are able to transport 1.5grams per minute, resulting in 90grams per hour.

The total lactate oxidation increases when we consume Glucose and Fructose, in a 2:1 ratio. This corresponds to lactate oxidation in our active muscle fibers, while part of the lactate oxidation may also take place in our heart muscles as lactate is efficiently used as an energy fuel in cardiomyocytes during exercise. Hepatic lactate update and conversion into glucose contributes substantially to total lactate disappearance. When multiple transportable carbohydrates (Glucose and Fructose, in a 2:1 ratio) are ingested during exercise, both hepatic lactate and glucose availability increase significantly when compared to ingestion of glucose alone. The total carbohydrate oxidation increases, essentially due to an enhanced oxidation of lactate. Because lactate is essentially oxidized by working skeletal muscles during exercise, co-ingestion of Glucose and Fructose not only allows an increase in total carbohydrate oxidation beyond what may be obtained with ingestion of Glucose alone, but it also provides additional oxidative fuel to active skeletal muscles during exercise[4].

Consumption of 90grams of carbohydrate per hour, from a co-ingestion of Glucose and Fructose in a 2:1 ratio, has the potential to spare muscle glycogen oxidation relative to lower doses of single carbohydrate ingestion, or even higher multiple carbohydrate ingestion. Ingesting higher amounts of either single or multiple transportable carbohydrates, can create an ‘over-dose’ effect, whereby effective and beneficial muscle glycogen oxidation and exercise performance and diminished[5]. Therefore, it is important to remember that you should not exceed the maximum ingestion of the products, which stands at 90gram per hour of Glucose and Fructose in a 2:1 ratio – this means either two Unived Elite Gels, or two Unived Drink Mixes, or one Unived Gel and one Unived Drink Mix, per hour.

There is also evidence that co-ingestion of Glucose and Fructose, in a 2:1 ratio, increases intestinal water absorption by 65% as compared with ingestion of Glucose alone[6].

Unived Elite Drink Mix Dual Energy SourcePRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Unived’s Elite Gel & Elite Drink Mix have been formulated to deliver multiple transportable carbohydrates in the optimal 2:1 ratio of simple to complex carbohydrates. It is clinically proven that when we combine Glucose, which is oxidized via the SGLT1 pathway at a rate of 1g/min or 60g/hr, with Fructose, which is oxidized via the GLUT5 pathway, in a 2:1 ratio, the rate of ingested carbohydrate can exceed 1.5g/min or 90g/hr.

The 2:1 ratio ensures a happy gut as it reduces abdominal cramps and improves gastrointestinal distress, due to a faster intestinal absorption of carbohydrates, and increases intestinal water absorption by 65% as compared with glucose alone[7].

Unived’s Elite Gel & Elite Drink Mix each contain 30g simple + 15g complex carbohydrates, per packet. The reason to go with 30+15 in both products, is to give you the freedom to consume either two Elite Gels, two Elite Drink Mixes, or one Elite Gel + one Elite Drink Mix, per hour, and still get the maximum hourly carbohydrate intake totaling to 90g carbohydrates and 380kcal, per hour.

In addition, we’ve included Betaine which works as an osmoprotectant, protecting cells against dehydration by increasing their water retention[8], Beta-Alanine which helps improve performance by buffering the acidity in active muscles during high-intensity exercise [9, 10, 11], Sodium Bicarbonate which delays the onset of fatigue by buffering the hydrogen ions produced by lactic acid buildup, and all the essential Electrolytes to aid re-hydration.

Endurance activities are always challenging and as the hours roll on, our body begins to respond to ongoing stress, external conditions, and various internal reactions, often leading our pallet and stomach to frequently change their flavor and substrate requirements.

Now, with the choice of a gel or a drink mix, various flavors, non-caffeine and caffeinated options, you have the ability to plan your hourly caloric and caffeine intake in a manner that ensures optimal peak performance.

Unived Elite Drink Mix The Science Behind Our FormulaINGREDIENTS

Betaine

Betaine is an osmoprotectant. It protects our cells against dehydration by acting as an osmolyte, thereby increasing the water retention of cells. Some studies have indicated that Betaine may also reduce inflammation[12]. Betaine safeguards cells against the detrimental effects of extreme temperature, salinity and humidity. Betaine insulates the cells and organs, and ensures that they are constantly receiving optimal hydration. Erythrocytes, the red blood cells that carry oxygen, are also protected by Betaine from extreme hydration imbalances. Erythrocytes are vulnerable to shriveling (due to dehydration) or bursting (due to excessive hydration), which can have a damaging effect on the oxygen supply to your muscles, brain and heart. Betaine shields erythrocytes from these extremes, by maintaining a balanced fluid environment inside and outside of cells.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine is the rate limiting precursor to carnosine, an endogenous intracellular (muscle) buffer, and one of the immediate defences against the accumulation of protons in the contracting musculature during exercise (Lancha Junior et al., 2015). Carniosone (B-alanyl-L-histidine) is a dipeptide found in muscle tissue that acts as an intramuscular buffer of Hydrogen ions. Beta-Alanine increases skeletal muscle carnosine levels, this supports the maintenance acid-base balance, delay fatigue, and improve exercise performance.

Sodium Bicarbonate

The build up of acid inside our muscles is one of the factors responsible for fatigue. Increased acidity ultimately inhibits energy transfer and the ability of our muscles to contract, leading to a decrease in exercise performance. Sodium Bicarbonate helps us by neutralizing this acid build-up and thereby reducing fatigue and increasing performance.

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are a key variable in determining sports performance as they mediate the constant transport of nutrients, enzymes, and water in and out of cells. These precious nutrients are the first casualty of exercise, as they are easily lost via sweat and urine. Our energy gel has been designed around your physiology, to recharge you with the major electrolytes that will give you strategic performance gains, no matter what your activity.

Refueling with sodium and chloride redirects precious fluids to your cells and major tissues, eliminating mid-activity cramps, nausea, fatigue, and stomach distress. A sodium top-up prevents the ‘gut bomb’ affect (vomiting during races) and ‘hyponatremia’ (nausea, fatigue, confusion) during long distances.

Chloride works closely with sodium to regulate the body-water balance, helping you retain water better. It also limits the amount of precious hydration reserves lost to sweat and urine, and maintains the necessary volume of fluids in your blood.

Magnesium is gaining prominence as a factor in influencing mid-race performance. Deficiency can result in a sub-optimal performance, as magnesium is important for the proper transmission of nerve impulses, muscular contraction, and energy production processes. Magnesium can also have a direct impact on the utilization of sodium, potassium, and calcium by the muscles. The longer and more intense your exercise, the faster the depletion of magnesium levels through sweat and urine. This depletion, if not corrected, can cause muscle cramping, irregular heart rate, and fatigue.

Potassium is a major electrolyte that works closely with sodium and chloride in maintaining hydration, and in generating electrical impulses in the nerves and muscles, including the heart. This translates to better muscle performance, even at the stage when you have already logged in several miles.

ISOTONIC & HYPERTONIC – BOTH!

  • The new Elite Drink Mix is versatile and can be used as both a Pre & a During. For those of you who were accustomed to our previous RRUNN PRE and RRUNN DURING you can still get those results with just this one product.
  • For an isotonic solution, you want to mix one packet in 20-27 fl oz (600-800ml) water, with 750ml of water being ‘optimal’. An isotonic solution has the same osmolarity as water, and is ideal to ensure fluid and salt uptake. This is ideal to consume during your runs.
  • For a hypertonic solution, you want to mix one packet with 17 fl oz (500ml) water. A hypertonic solution has greater osmotic pressure than bodily fluids and is primarily intended to supply energy, like our RRUNN PRE. It’s ideal to consume this as a PRE, 45-60 minutes before your long runs or races.
  • If you consume a hypertonic solution during your races, you may feel the solution to be slightly heavy, in case you find it so, just add a little extra water to the bottle and it’ll tilt the solution to being isotonic.

PLAN YOUR INTAKE

We strongly feel that this new combination gives you complete freedom. It takes math out of the equation as all we now need to focus on is consumption of two units, per hour. A unit being an Elite Gel, or Elite Drink Mix. When temperatures are hot, you may find yourself drinking a bit more, and when temperatures are cooler, you may find yourself leaning towards more concentrated forms of energy, like the gel.

Some equations for you to consider below, based on hourly intake:

Unived Endurance Fuel Calorie Combinations

The Elite Gel or Elite Drink Mix, can also be used in combination with a Unived Regular Gel. For example, one Elite Gel + one Regular Gel will give you 190+110 = 300kcal, delivering a total of 56g of simple carbs and 15g of complex carbs. Since 60g simple carb is the maximum we can absorb per hour, this combination delivering 56g helps us stay within limit. This combination tilts the ratio by increasing the total simple carbohydrates to total complex carbohydrates (meaning, it is no longer a 2:1 ratio) and gives you an edge with a spike in energy levels.

SUGGESTED USE

For an isotonic solution, mix 1 packet with 20-27 fl oz (600-800ml) of water. Consume 1 serving per hour, along with an Unived Elite Gel. This combination will deliver 380kcal, per hour.

SAFETY

Unived Elite Endurance Fuel adheres to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, and the products do not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any certification or written confirmation of the same.

SUPPLEMENT FACTS

Unived Elite Drink Mix Supplement Facts

FAQs

Which electrolytes does Unived Elite Drink Mix contain?

Unived Elite Drink Mix contains Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Chloride. Unived Elite Drink Mix replenishes the major electrolytes you lose during your endurance activity, maintains the body’s fluid balance and prevents conditions like Hyponatremia which result from fluid imbalances.

Is Unived Elite Drink Mix an isotonic hydration drink?

Yes. The isotonic nature of Unived Elite Drink Mix ensures that fluids are maintained at optimal levels, and that you are replenished with the right concentration of electrolytes to balance losses during an endurance activity.

When do I consume the drink mix?

Consume 1 serving of Unived Elite Drink Mix per hour during your activity mixed in 600-800ml (20-27 fl oz) of water. You can pre-mix the entire quantity you need before your activity. Empty, shake, fill up your favourite water bottle, and you are good to go!

Why do I need to consume at least 1 serving of Unived Elite Drink Mix every hour?

During a physically demanding activity, you are constantly losing electrolytes and endurance ability. Without constant replenishment, your body can get dehydrated, and become vulnerable to cramps, nausea and fatigue. You cannot go far on an empty fuel tank. Consuming 1-2 servings of Unived Elite Drink Mixt throught every hour of your endurance activity ensures that you are constantly rehydrated, replenished with electrolytes, and performing at peak capacity.

Will Unived Elite Drink Mix give me Runner’s Diarrhea?

No. In fact, the electrolytes, amino acids and the key osmolyte in Unived Elite Drink Mix regulate your body’s fluid balance to help prevent Runner’s Diarrhoea. Also, Unived Elite Drink Mix is gluten-free, which makes it easy on your stomach.

Can I incorporate Unived Elite Drink Mix into my training?

Yes! In fact, we recommend that you do, so your body can acclimatize to it and you get the best results from Unived Elite Drink Mix on the main day of your competition.

Is Unived Elite Drink Mix suitable for vegans?

Yes. Unived Elite Drink Mix is suitable for is registered vegan by the Vegan society, UK. We do not use animal ingredients and our products are not tested on animals.

How is Unived Elite Drink Mix different from other electrolyte sports drinks?

Most electrolyte sports drinks contain only electrolytes and carbohydrates. These sports drinks do not provide you with the critical hydration benefits and endurance support that you need to sustain your momentum during your activity. In addition to supplying carbohydrates and electrolytes, Unived Elite Drink Mix contains a key osmolyte – Betaine – which protects your body from environmental stresses and keeps your fluids balanced. Beta-alanine supports the maintenance acid-base balance, delay fatigue, and improve exercise performance. Sodium Bicarbonate helps settle the stomach and pH balance. Quite simply, Unived Elite Drink Mix is scientifically calibrated to support the specific needs of your body at this stage of your endurance activity – other sports drinks are not. Also, unlike other electrolyte sports drinks, Unived Elite Drink Mix is vegan and gluten-free.

Does Unived Elite Drink Mix contain any banned substances?

As the Unived Elite Endurance Fuel products have been formulated in accordance with the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, Unived Elite Drink Mix does not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any certification or written confirmation of the same.

CITATIONS

[1] LOUISE M. BURKE1, JOHN A. HAWLEY2, STEPHEN H. S. WONG3, & ASKER E. JEUKENDRUP4. Carbohydrates for training and competition. Journal of Sports Sciences, 2011; 29(S1): S17–S27.

[2] Asker E. Jeukendrup, Luke Moseley, Gareth I. Mainwaring, Spencer Samuels, Samuel. Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation during ultraendurance exercise. J Appl Physiol 100: 1134–1141, 2006.

[3] Jeukendrup, Asker & Moseley, Lori & I Mainwaring, Gareth & Samuels, Spencer & Perry, Samuel & H Mann, Christopher. (2006). Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation during ultraendurance exercise. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985). 100. 1134-41. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00981.2004.

[4] Virgile Lecoultre, Rachel Benoit, Guillaume Carrel, Yves Schutz, Gregoire P Millet, Luc Tappy, and Philippe Schneiter; Fructose and glucose co-ingestion during prolonged exercise increases lactate and glucose fluxes and oxidation compared with an equimolar intake of glucose 1–3.

[5] King, Andy. (2015). Exogenous and Endogenous (Liver and Muscle) Carbohydrate Oxidation Following Ingestion of Glucose and Fructose during Prolonged Cycling: Effect of Carbohydrate Dose.

[6] Jeukendrup, Asker & Moseley, Lori & I Mainwaring, Gareth & Samuels, Spencer & Perry, Samuel & H Mann, Christopher. (2006). Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation during ultraendurance exercise. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985). 100. 1134-41. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00981.2004.

[7] Asker E. Jeukendrup, Luke Moseley, Gareth I. Mainwaring, Spencer Samuels, Samuel. Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation during ultraendurance exercise. J Appl Physiol 100: 1134–1141, 2006.

[8] Eklund M, Bauer E, Wamatu J, Mosenthin R. Potential nutritional and physiological functions of betaine in livestock. Nutr Res Rev. 2005;18:31–48. doi: 10.1079/NRR200493.

[9] Hill C.A., Harris R.C., Kim H.J., Harris B.D., Sale C., Boobis L.H., Kim C.K., Wise J.A. Influence of beta-alanine supplementation on skeletal muscle carnosine concentrations and high intensity cycling capacity. Amino Acids. 2007;32:225–233.

[10] Harris R.C., Tallon M.J., Dunnett M., Boobis L., Coakley J., Kim H.J., Fallowfield J.L., Hill C.A., Sale C., Wise J.A. The absorption of orally supplied beta-alanine and its effect on muscle carnosine synthesis in human vastus lateralis. Amino Acids. 2006;30:279–289.

[11] Derave W., Ozdemir M.S., Harris R.C., Pottier A., Reyngoudt H., Koppo K., Wise J.A., Achten E. Beta-alanine supplementation augments muscle carnosine content and attenuates fatigue during repeated isokinetic contraction bouts in trained sprinters. J. Appl. Physiol. 2007;103:1736–1743.

[12] Detopoulou P, Panagiotakos DB, Antonopoulou S, Pitsavos C, Stefanadis C: Dietary choline and betaine intakes in relation to concentrations of inflammatory markers in healthy adults: the ATTICA study. Am J Clin Nutr 2008, 87:424-430.

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8 Packets

Flavors

Orange Twist, Very Cranberry (Caffeinated), Wild Watermelon (Caffeinated)