I am training for a half-marathon that’s coming up like a freight train (three weeks!) So I am on the prowl for easy to use energy food while on my long runs and during the race.
Unfortunately, many energy gels upset my stomach, so imagine how excited I was to see that Gu Energy has a new line of osmos-based energy gels! Now I won’t need to worry about water to wash down a gel, or get my hands all sticky trying to eat and run!
Here’s an excerpt explaining all the science behind skin-based energy gels, though I strongly encourage you to visit Gu’s official. They are giving away a trial of their new electrolyte water tablets, for those of you who don’t want to spread “Furious Avocado” topical electrolytes on your delicate skin!
For the science buffs among us, GU Energy R&D Chief puts it this way, “DermaCharge works through a patented process of transdermal osmosis conducted through the pyruvate-glycene waypoint, harnessing a Nano Dosing Spectrum for Rapid Assimilation -a recently discovered mechanism for transferring electrolytes from the skin to working muscles.”
In a controlled study of 5 self-described “borderline competitive” triathletes, the International Institute for Transdermal Research found that applying DermaCharge just once during a race improved the athletes’ power output by 1.21 Jigawatts. And the product has been certified by Informed-Choices to be free of Iocane powder, the controversial, odorless, tasteless powder found to adversely affect endurance performance.
Some competing companies have claimed that no performance energy products should contain any amount of “dreaded” simple sugar, like naturally occurring fruit-based fructose, found in much maligned foods as bananas, oranges and the cute little kiwis which are so hard to peel. GU Energy labs vehemently opposes such dangerously casual, “armchair” science and has packed DermaCharge with 500% of the recommended daily allowance of pure white table sugar suspended in a coco-shea butter fix. It’s sweet AND smooth.
Plus, DermaCharge goes on easy and stays put -really stays put. In fact, DermaCharge is designed to stay on for an entire TransPolar expedition -think Shackleton -normal soap will NOT remove DermaCharge -only a 4:1 mixture of seal sweat and salmon scales will remove it.