Nutrition is often the most overlooked and underappreciated difference maker in your performance. And let's be real, you don't want to be that guy who bonks halfway through a marathon or cramps up during a triathlon. That's where Origin gels come in. Not only are they more nutritious and eco-friendly than other sports nutrition products out there, but they'll also help you kick ass and take names.
Carbohydrates: The Real MVPs
Carbohydrates are the key to athletic performance. They're the fuel that keeps you going during endurance activities like running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and climbing. The longer you are exercising, the MORE carbohydrates you need. These days most of the fancy scientists are recommending between 60-90g of carbs per hour for any activities last longer than an hour. Each of our gels contains 36g of carbs per serving. To prevent you from having to do arithmetic during T2, we've labeled all of our products with how many hours of energy it provides and each gel is 0.5hrs of energy!
Caffeine: The Secret Weapon
If you're looking for a little extra boost, caffeine is the way to go. It's a stimulant that can help improve mental alertness, reduce fatigue, and increase endurance. Our gels come in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated options, so you can titrate (had to pay extra for that word) the exact amount of caffeine you like during your workouts and races. The scientists again chime in here that for maximum ergogenic effect (man, we're going to have to pay our copy editors double for this section), 5-6mg of caffeine per kg seems to be the sweet spot. We've put 100mg of caffeine in each of our caffeine gels; enough to give me that needed pick-me-up, but not too much to make me need my brown pants. As with all our ingredients, the caffeine in our gels comes from natural sources, in this case, green bean coffee, which is less likely to give you the jitters than synthetic caffeine sources.
Vitamins and Minerals: The Ultimate Sidekicks
But wait, there's more! Our sorghum-based gels also offer a complete vitamin and mineral profile, which is rare in the sports nutrition industry. Vitamins and minerals are essential for overall health and well-being, and they're especially important for athletes who put their bodies through intense physical stress. Our gels contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more which can help you recover faster, reduce inflammation, and support immune function.
Dosage: How to Use Our Gels
So, how do you use our gels to become an unstoppable athletic machine? Well, we will assume you've already completely perfected your training, recovery, sleep, and non-sports nutrition, right? In that case.... we recommend taking one gel every 30-45 minutes during exercise to help maintain energy levels and support performance.
If you're using the caffeinated gels, start with a lower dose and gradually increase as needed. Many athletes find a benefit to consuming caffeine pre-race (usually 1-2 gels), then again as needed mid-race.
It's also a good idea to have a gel within 10 minutes post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores and speed up your recovery, but hey, grab a banana and yogurt parfait instead. I won't tell the boss.
So there you have it, folks. Our sorghum-based gels are the real deal. They're packed with carbs, vitamins, minerals, and even caffeine, so you can kick ass during your next race or training session. Plus, they're more nutritious and eco-friendly than other sports nutrition products out there. So why settle for second best? Try our gels today and become the unstoppable athletic machine you were born to be.