Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer - Sodium bicarbonate in sports

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Sodium bicarbonate stands the test of time as an efficient way to improve athletic performance.
Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer - Sodium bicarbonate in sports

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is a new prototype in our fueling product line, which combines carbohydrates in the 1:0.8 ratio of glucose and fructose with an ingredient rarely seen in sports drinks – sodium bicarbonate.

Sodium bicarbonate carbohydrate drinkWith 5 grams of sodium bicarbonate and 45 grams of carbohydrates in the 1:0.8 glucose to fructose ratio, Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is a great source of fuel to add to your fueling lineup.

Sodium bicarbonate is nothing new in endurance sports. It is one of a few supplements with very strong scientific support for performance enhancement. Top-level athletes have been using it for years to:

  • increase muscle endurance,
  • prolong time to exhaustion,
  • improve athletic performance.

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound with several applications and different uses.

Among those, it is proven to improve athletic performance and act as an ergogenic aid. It also manages pH levels in your body, which helps in reducing muscle fatigue.

On the other hand, sodium bicarbonate might have unwanted side effects, such as digestive issues, so you should use it with caution. To be on the safe side, consult our Sodium Bicarbonate Ingestion Protocol before use.

Sodium bicarbonate is a versatile supplement proven to improve athletic performance.

Daily ingestion of sodium bicarbonate could also result in an increase of body mass due to retention of water caused by the sodium component in sodium bicarbonate.

Then there’s also the issue of taste. The fact is, many people find it unpleasant. While taste is never the most important thing when it comes to top-level athletic performance, a supplement not tasting awful is a welcome bonus.

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is designed to incorporate sodium bicarbonate in its formula and make it pleasant to drink. Since the drink contains a high amount of sodium bicarbonate per serving, that wasn’t an easy task.

Sodium bicarbonate can taste goodWell, that wasn't easy, but we've done it. Sodium bicarbonate is finally drinkable.

Ok, it tastes good, but how efficient is it?

As always, the proof is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the drink.

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is a special fuel with 45 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of sodium bicarbonate.

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer combines 45 grams of carbohydrates in the 1:0.8 glucose to fructose ratio with 5 grams of sodium bicarbonate per serving. This way, you provide your muscles with both the fuel to let them work and the remedy to protect them from extreme fatigue. And this is where the magic happens.

A New Generation of Sports Supplements

Not long ago, it was believed that 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour was the maximum absorption rate for endurance athletes during intense exercise. Everything in excess of that would not be absorbed by the body and would result in digestive issues.

But then scientists discovered that combining glucose with fructose and using both energy transporters in the body could increase this number to 90 grams per hour. This is why all our products are designed to enable you to reach this high consumption rate without digestive issues by using the 1:0.8 glucose to fructose ratio.

And yet, science didn’t stop there. We’ve long been experimenting with higher intakes in our labs, and now more and more studies seem to confirm that we can efficiently move beyond 90 grams per hour.

Sodium bicarbonate in endurance sportsWith better fuel, endurance athletes can push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.

And while the absorption rate of carbohydrates is slowly increasing, sodium bicarbonate has been studied for almost a century as a potentially game-changing element in the fueling formula, but it is still waiting for its moment to truly shine.

Science allows us to increase are hourly carbohydrate intake, which leads to more energy and better results. Where can we go from here?

Give It Your Best Shot

It’s carbohydrates that fuel your muscles during intense exercise. Yes, you can also use protein or fat, but those require oxygen. Once it gets down to business, carbs are what you need and what top-level athletes are using.

But it’s one thing to have enough fuel and another to be able to sustain bursts of extreme energy expenditure when your muscles get flooded by hydrogen protons and inorganic phosphate, which cause the burning sensation in the muscles.

Sodium bicarbonate helps maintain normal pH levels of the blood. This facilitates the transport of hydrogen protons and lactate molecules from the muscle tissues. In other words, it allows your muscles to go beyond their normal level of fatigue, increasing your endurance in short intervals of extreme intensity and sprints.

Carbohydrate and sodium bicarbonate are an excellent source of fuel when you want to go all out.

Why Use Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer?

As always, we seek innovation forged to perfection through extensive testing and research.

Sodium bicarbonate is nothing new. But a combination of carbohydrates and sodium bicarbonate as a very drinkable supplement is definitely something you don’t see often.

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer will let you go a little harder and a little farther.

It is also not something we recommend to everyone.

This is a very niche product intended only for athletes who often and consistently function above their critical power or the second lactate threshold, that is at the intensity in which lactate and hydrogen are building up in your blood.

If extreme intensities are not your thing, you shouldn’t bother using a buffer. But if they are, Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer might be just the thing you need to gain those extra few percent of endurance when it matters most.

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is not for everyone. Only use it for extreme intensities.

How to Use Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer?

Use Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer before very intense training sessions or competitions when intense efforts of 3 to 15 minutes are expected. 

Ingest 0.2-0.3 grams of sodium bicarbonate per kilogram of body mass 60-120 minutes before exercise, split into multiple doses and ingested with plenty of fluid.

During exercise, consume one Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer per hour. Complement it with Nrgy Unit Drink or Nrgy Unit Gel if two Nrgy Units (90 grams per hour) are desired.

Follow the Sodium Bicarbonate Ingestion Protocol for best results.

Final Thoughts

Nrgy Unit Drink Buffer is a special product intended for high-level athletes who wish to obtain small improvements during moments of extreme intensity.

If you are looking for a product to fuel during moderate or intense exercise, you are better off using our other fueling products.

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