At Tucson Endurance Performance Center we only sell the stuff our staff uses and swears by. After months of testing by our staff, we began carrying Skratch Labs products. Over the last few months, Skratch Labs products have quickly propelled to some of our top selling items at TEPC. Here is the lowdown on some of the most interesting nutrition products currently on the market.
Skratch Labs is the brainchild of Allen Lim, one of cycling’s leading exercise physiologists. While working with the Garmin professional cycling team, Lim saw that current nutritional products were not liked by riders and would often leave them with “gut rot”. Lim set about creating his own drink mix out of his kitchen that would fuel his riders properly. He used only real, natural ingredients to create a drink mix that was soon the talk of the peloton.
After several years of underground dealings for Lim’s “Secret Drink Mix”, in 2012, Allen Lim launched Skratch Labs to release his product to the public. With his motto of “Drink your hydration, eat your calories,” Lim has been at the forefront of the real food movement in cycling. Today we will cover their hydration products. Next time, the food.
Exercise Hydration Mix
The flagship product of Skratch Labs, their Exercise Hydration Mix is Allen Lim’s original “Secret Drink Mix” released to the public. It is made with less calories and more electrolytes than most other sports drinks. It is made with only naturally derived products, using natural cane and corn sugar (rather than lab products like corn syrup, maltodextrine, or any of several other freak sugars) for calories, electrolyte products that dissolve in water to ease digestion and allow it to settle much easier than straight salt, and actual fruit to flavor their drinks.
Pay attention to the mixing ratios. Many companies encourage mixing their drink at higher concentrations, but this can actually have a dehydrating effect. Skratch is designed to be mixed at a concentration designed to optimize your hydration levels so make sure to follow the package instructions.
Flavors available are Lemon-Lime, Pineapple, Raspberry, and Orange.
Skratch’s Everyday Hydration mix is definitely an intriguing product for those of us living here in the Old Pueblo. With the heat of summer and humidity of monsoon season, we drink a lot of water throughout the day. But as we drink that water, we can actually be diluting our bodies electrolytes. Everyday Hydration is designed to fix that. It features less calories and a different electrolyte solution to optimize hydration during the rest of the day.
Try having a serving in the morning when you get up and are rehydrating after sleep, and during the summer, perhaps another serving in the afternoon, especially if you have an evening workout.
Available in Lemon Lime flavor.
Stay tuned next week when we cover The Feed Zone Cookbooks. In the meantime come by the shop and talk to us about Skratch and all your nutrition needs.
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