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SaltStick Fastchews Lemon-Lime (10ct)

FASTCHEWS feature a scientifically-derived, proprietary high-performance formulation that provides a balanced supply of bioavailable sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Sodium is derived from sodium citrate, a proven source that has the added benefit of soothing the stomach. The formulation mirrors the electrolyte profile lost in sweat, in a form and quantity the body can absorb. Its non-GMO ingredients are all natural, gluten-free, vegetarian, and without artificial sweeteners or colors. Rapid absorption takes place by mouth (buccal mucosa, and then the stomach). Ease of access is assured in a convenient moisture-resistant zip-lock packet format.

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FASTCHEWS feature a scientifically-derived, proprietary high-performance formulation that provides a balanced supply of bioavailable sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Sodium is derived from sodium citrate, a proven source that has the added benefit of soothing the stomach. The formulation mirrors the electrolyte profile lost in sweat, in a form and quantity the body can absorb. Its non-GMO ingredients are all natural, gluten-free, vegetarian, and without artificial sweeteners or colors. Rapid absorption takes place by mouth (buccal mucosa, and then the stomach). Ease of access is assured in a convenient moisture-resistant zip-lock packet format.

  • FASTCHEWS Help Reduce Muscle Cramping, Reduce Heat Stress, Boost Stamina, Maintain Electrolyte Levels.
  • The ONLY chewable tablet that is formulated to closely resemble the electrolyte profile lost in sweat.
  • Suggested use: 2 tablets per 15-30 minutes during activity
  • Fast absorption through buccal mucosa (tissue in mouth).
  • Each serving (2 tablets) contains: 100 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 10 mg calcium, 6 mg magnesium.
  • Tart Orange and Zesty Lemon-Lime natural flavours encourage consumption.
  • Bio-available active ingredients.
  • Made in the USA at an FDA-inspected cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility and independently tested to not contain any banned substances.
  • Ingredients are: non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian, fat-free.
  • Natural stevia as sweetener. No colour added.
  • Also great for youth sports, travel rehydration, tennis and other sports, camping & hiking, effects of alcohol.
  • Sold in packets of 10 tablets.

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SKU689076677110
BrandSaltstick
Size10CT
FlavourZesty Lemon-Lime
IngredientsDextrates, Sodium citrate, Dextrose, Citric acid, Calcium gluconate, Potassium citrate, Magnesium citrate, Lemon-lime natural flavour, Stearic acid, Crospovidone, Malic acid, Silica, Magnesium stearate, Reb A (Stevia extract)

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FAQ

1. Can Fastchews be dissolved in water to create a sports drink?
We don’t recommend it. While it’s technically acceptable, the tablet was formulated to be enjoyed by eating directly. It is not very soluble in water, unlike effervescent tablets that are designed only for dissolution in water. If that is your desired use, we suggest trying a product dedicated to that application, such as SaltStick Elixalyte™, a liquid concentrate where one serving (5 mL) approximately equals the electrolytes in one capsule of SaltStick Caps.

2. How many Fastchews equals one SaltStick capsule? Why is the concentration lower?
Approximately 4 Fastchews equals 1 SaltStick Cap, and all 4 electrolytes are scaled accordingly. The amount of electrolytes is lower in Fastchews to ensure a delicious taste and the ability for athletes to customize their nutrition delivery in smaller doses.

3. How should Fastchews be stored?
Unopened packets or bottles of Fastchews should generally be stored at room temperature and under dry conditions for longest shelf life. Opened packets and bottles should be kept sealed and used as soon as practical.

4. What happens if Fastchews get wet?
Fastchews will be affected by moisture as salt tends to absorb moisture from the air, eventually causing the tablet to fall apart. This is a cosmetic change, not a safety issue, but from a practical standpoint, the tablet won’t be as easy to consume. Sealed packets and bottles of Fastchews are moisture-resistant and should survive exposure to sweat and moisture during exercise. Always best to keep the product dry.

5. Do I need to take Fastchews with water?
No. Fastchews can be consumed with or without water, depending on personal preference and on circumstances. You will still need some source of hydration over time, but you can drink when you need fluid, and take Fastchews when you need electrolytes, not necessarily at the same moment.

6. Can I suck on Fastchews or do I need to chew and swallow?
Certainly! You will absorb electrolytes quickly through buccal tissue (inside your mouth, under your tongue) so if you prefer, you can keep Fastchews in your mouth until it dissolves fully. The choice is yours.

7. Why isn’t there vitamin D in Fastchews as there is in SaltStick Caps and Caps Plus?
Fastchews were formulated without vitamin D as it reduced the shelf life of the product and vitamin D has found its way into many sports nutrition products so its extra addition was deemed unnecessary for most cases. If you or your physician determine that addition of vitamin D is helpful, we suggest using SaltStick Caps or Caps Plus, or adding a specific vitamin D supplement.

8. Why is sodium citrate used rather than sodium chloride?
Sodium citrate is a “performance” source of the electrolyte sodium that is easy to absorb and helps to soothe the stomach, as well as tasting less “salty” than table salt (sodium chloride). It is the same sodium source that is used in SaltStick Caps Plus.

9. What are the other ingredients listed used for? Are they safe?
In addition to the salts of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, Fastchews contains the following ingredients that are used for the indicated purpose. All ingredients are “Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)” and have been used extensively in foods and supplements for many years and have excellent safety profiles.
Dextrates: It is composed of glucose monohydrate and different polysaccharides derived from starch. Non-GMO origin. Used as a binder to form the bulk of the tablet. Slightly sweet taste, and the source of the 4 calories per tablet.
Dextrose: A form of glucose (sugar). Non-GMO origin. Used in trace amounts to provide texture and binding.
Citric acid: A natural preservative from citrus fruits, provides a “bite” in the mouth like sour candies.
Natural flavour: A proprietary mixture based on lemon-lime or orange natural flavouring. The orange flavour mixture contains a tiny trace amount of lactose. The lemon-lime is lactose-free.
Stearic acid: A waxy, natural fatty acid sourced from vegetable fat used as a solid lubricant to assist with tablet formation and compression.
Crospovidone: A cross linked polyvinyl N-pyrrolidone, is a common, FDA-approved inactive ingredient used as a disintegrant in tablets making Fastchews chewable.
Malic acid: Naturally present in many fruit, malic acid is used here to provide the pleasantly sour taste of fruit to help mask the salty electrolyte taste. Malic acid is also an important component in our body’s energy production cycle.
Silica: Silicon dioxide (sand) is naturally-occurring and used as an anti-caking agent and glidant to allow powder to flow freely when tablets are processed.
Magnesium stearate: A natural salt sourced from vegetable oil and used as a solid lubricant to assist with tablet formation and compression.
Stevia extract: Isolated from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, provides natural sweetness to the overall formulation.

10. Are Fastchews vegan or vegetarian?
Orange Fastchews contain a tiny trace amount of lactose in the natural flavour blend, making this product suitable for vegetarians. Lemon-Lime, Seedless Watermelon and Perfectly Peach Fastchews do not contain any ingredients of animal origin and would be suitable for vegan diets.

11. Are Fastchews non-GMO?
Out of an abundance of caution, we have carefully sourced all non-GMO ingredients whenever the possibility of GMO exist for a given ingredient. Only plant-based ingredients (not minerals) have GMO/non-GMO varieties, and so only the non-GMO versions have been used. We should state, however, we are not aware of any scientific studies that have demonstrated any difference between GMO and non-GMO ingredients on human health or outcome of disease, and so we have used non-GMO ingredients to satisfy the consumer population seeking such products.

12. Are Fastchews gluten-free?
Yes, Fastchews have been formulated with ingredients that specifically contain no gluten.

13. Are Fastchews considered organic?
No, Fastchews contain ingredients that are considered to be both from organic and non-organic agriculture practices. Due to lack of availability, not all ingredients could be sourced organically, but where possible, organic ingredients were used.

14. Is there colour added?
No colour has been added to Fastchews. It’s not needed. This means that both the orange and lemon-lime tablets are white! But you can tell the difference by their distinct smell from the natural flavouring.

15. Are Fastchews Kosher?
We do not have official Kosher certification, but since the products are vegetarian, they are likely suitable for a Kosher diet. Note that the orange flavour contains a tiny trace amount of lactose.

16. Are Fastchews steroid and banned substance free?
Yes, Fastchews have been carefully formulated not to contain any banned substances. Furthermore, Fastchews are tested by an independent 3rd party to carryout testing on batches of product to further ensure athlete safety.

17. Can Fastchews be used to help a hangover?
In our experience, proper hydration (with water) and electrolyte intake are key to avoid the dehydrating effects of alcohol that contribute to hangover symptoms. SaltStick Fastchews and SaltStick Caps can be used to help replace the electrolytes lost. We can’t claim that Fastchews will cure hangovers, but you won’t be disappointed!

18. Are Fastchews suitable for children and youth sports?
Yes! Fastchews have been formulated to be safe for children when used under parental supervision. Fastchews, when paired with water, provide a convenient and healthy alternative to sugar-laden sports drinks.

19. What is the recommended dose?
The suggested use of Fastchews is 2 tablets (1 serving) per 15-30 minutes. Individual usage will vary, and consumers will be best served by testing out their usage under various conditions.

20. What is the maximum dose per day?
The suggested maximum dose per day for adults is 50 tablets. This represents 100% of standard sodium RDA (based on a 2000 calorie diet). Individuals may find they are limited to fewer tablets than the suggested maximum.

21. Can Fastchews be used for other sports and activities?
Yes! Fastchews can be used for all sports and activities that may cause a loss of electrolytes or where fluid is consumed. This can include tennis, football, water sports, rock climbing, hiking, gardening, and walking.

22. My Fastchews show some brown spots of discolouration. What’s wrong?
With humidity and in warmer conditions, the ingredients in Fastchews (sugars and amino acids) can react in the Maillard reaction to create white and brown spots. This is similar to the reaction that give browned foods their flavour and the process of coffee roasting and toasting bread. It’s harmless and while unsightly, does not actually affect the performance or safety of Fastchews. We continue to monitor the analytics and stability of the product over time. We suggest keeping the unused product in cool and dry conditions to avoid this possible issue.

23. Why is there lactose in Orange Fastchews?
Lactose is present in minute trace amounts in the natural orange flavour mix used to flavour Orange Fastchews. The quantity is tiny, but those with an allergy to lactose should refrain from using the orange flavoured product. That is why the package has an allergen warning. The lemon-lime flavour does not contain lactose.

How to Use

Recommended SaltStick Fastchews Usage Guide

General usage
Fastchews Provide Tasty and rapid delivery of critical electrolytes to the bloodstream.
SaltStick Caps and Fastchews contain a balanced and buffered mixture of the electrolytes that are lost in sweat, in a ratio and form that your body needs for optimal performance. The general guideline for supplementation has been successful for most athletes in a wide range of event distances and training durations. The basic idea is to keep your supplementation simple and effective, so you have one less thing to worry about on race day, and you can focus on the athletic event rather than on surviving your nutrition plan.
As a general guideline, athletes should consume 1-2 SaltStick Fastchews every 15-30 minutes or 1 SaltStick Capsule per 30-60 minutes during any land-based activity (bike/run) for the duration of the activity. In hot conditions, extreme humidity, or for larger athletes, a greater number of tablets may be needed to maintain safe electrolyte levels. The addition of SaltStick Caps or SaltStick Caps Plus can be an effective means to further supplement. The maximum number of tablets recommended per day is 50, although athletes in extreme conditions and longer events may find it necessary to exceed this number, or to combine intake with SaltStick Caps. It is strongly recommended to test your planned electrolyte protocol in training several times before race day.
It should be stressed that every athlete sweats differently, reacts to heat and humidity differently, and reacts to the stress of a race or training differently. What this means to the athlete in particular is the importance of testing one’s electrolyte replacement strategy in training, prior to race day. Listening to your body prior to and during an event is also key, so you can adapt your electrolyte plan accordingly. Being flexible and keeping your plan simple will give you the best chance of success.

Dissolving tablets into water bottles
Some athletes may find it convenient to drop some tablets into a water bottle and shaking well. However, unlike effervescent tablets that are specifically designed to create a sports drink in this way, SaltStick Fastchews were designed to be consumed by eating directly, as you would with a candy or sweet.

Specific Guidelines

Training:

Pre-training: No specific supplementation is necessary. Maintain adequate hydration with sufficient electrolyte content in the days leading up to a major training block to maintain your weight. For long distance training under extreme conditions, take 1 SaltStick capsule the night before your activity, and one capsule with breakfast before your activity.

During training: Most athletes will find that normal training less than 2 hours should not require too much in the way of electrolyte supplementation, and water alone will suffice. Riding or running longer than about 90 minutes, or shorter in hot or humid conditions, should consider taking a SaltStick Fastchew every 15 minutes or capsule every 30-60 minutes along with sufficient fresh water to stay hydrated. A mixture of sports drink, water and SaltStick Fastchews or Caps can also be a successful combination. Many athletes find that carbohydrates in the form of gels and energy bars is a good match for water-SaltStick, eliminating the need for a sports drink.

Post-training: Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during hard training can be nearly impossible, and proper post-workout recovery is facilitated by ingesting fluid with electrolytes. This can take the form of a balanced electrolyte supplement along with carbohydrates and protein. A simple strategy to ensure adequate electrolyte replenishment is to take 1-2 SaltStick Caps or 2-4 Fastchews after a hard workout. Excess electrolyte ingestion will simply be excreted in the urine.

Racing: Sprint to Olympic distance triathlon, Half marathon to marathon

(1-4 hours of exercise)

Pre-event: Specific supplementation is not usually necessary. Maintain adequate hydration with sufficient electrolyte content in the days leading up to the event to maintain your weight. For races expecting extreme conditions, take 1-2 SaltStick Caps (or 4-8 Fastchews) the night before your event, and one capsule (or 4 Fastchews) with breakfast before your event.

Race time: For a triathlon, begin electrolyte supplementation on the bike portion of the race, at least 15 min. into your ride. Take 1-2 capsules per hour (or 4-8 Fastchews per hour) during the event. For a running-only event, consume 1-2 capsules per hour (or 4-8 Fastchews per hour) during the entire event. For events lasting less than an hour, pre-event supplementation should be sufficient under most conditions.

Post-race: Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during an event can be nearly impossible, and proper post-race recovery is facilitated by ingesting fluid with electrolytes. This can take the form of a balanced electrolyte supplement along with carbohydrates and protein. A simple strategy to ensure adequate electrolyte replenishment is to take 1-2 SaltStick Caps (or 4-8 Fastchews) after a race. Excess electrolyte ingestion will simply be excreted in the urine.

Racing: MEDIUM-Distance Triathlon, Marathon/Ultra-Marathon

(4-8 hours of exercise)

Pre-event: During the days leading up to your event, maintain your weight with adequate hydration with sufficient electrolyte content. The water bottle that follows athletes around to the race expo, etc… should be filled with fluid and electrolytes. This can take the form of a sports drink or water and 1 SaltStick cap (or 4 Fastchews) per 1-2 water bottles. A word of caution goes to consuming unnecessary and empty calories in the form of sugars. When in doubt, read the nutrition information on the product in question. For most races, take 1-2 SaltStick Caps (or 4-8 Fastchews) the night before your event, and one capsule with breakfast before your event.

Race time: For a triathlon, begin electrolyte supplementation on the bike portion of the race, at least 15 min. into your ride. Take 1-2 capsules per hour (or 4-8 Fastchews per hour) during the event. For a running-only event, consume 1-2 capsules per hour (or 4-8 Fastchews per hour) during the entire event. Hot or humid conditions may require more than 2 capsules per hour.

Post-race: Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during an event can be nearly impossible, and proper post-race recovery is facilitated by ingesting fluid with electrolytes. This can take the form of a balanced electrolyte supplement along with carbohydrates and protein. A simple strategy to ensure adequate electrolyte replenishment is to take 1-2 SaltStick Caps (or 4-8 Fastchews) after a race. Excess electrolyte ingestion will simply be excreted in the urine.

Racing: LONG-Distance TRIATHLON and Ultra-Marathon

(8+ hours of exercise)

Pre-event: During the days leading up to your event, maintain your weight with adequate hydration with sufficient electrolyte content. The water bottle that follows athletes around to the race expo, etc… should be filled with fluid and electrolytes. This can take the form of a sports drink or water and 1 SaltStick cap per 1-2 water bottles, either as a capsule or dissolved in water. SaltStick Fastchews can be useful for longer events, usually when paired with SaltStick Caps, due to the large number of tablets that would be needed throughout the event. A word of caution goes to consuming unnecessary and empty calories in the form of sugars. When in doubt, read the nutrition information on the product in question. For all races, take 1-2 SaltStick Caps the night before your event, and one capsule with breakfast before your event.

Race time: For a triathlon, begin electrolyte supplementation on the bike portion of the race, at least 30 min. into your ride. Take 1-2 capsules per hour during the bike portion of the event. Once on the run, many athletes find that cramping becomes more likely, and dosing of SaltStick Caps may begin to climb. Towards the second half of the marathon, many athletes find that electrolyte intake becomes critical for forward movement, and may find it necessary to increase the dose of capsules per hour. Have some extra SaltStick Caps available in your special-needs bag (if available) as a backup measure. For a running-only event, consume 1-2 capsules per hour during the entire event. Towards the end of the race, many athletes find that electrolyte intake becomes critical for forward movement, and may find it necessary to increase the dose of capsules per hour. Hot or humid conditions may require more than 2 capsules per hour. Fastchews can be added into the supplementation plan to provide additional electrolyte intake or to provide a different taste from sugary carbohydrates

Post-race: Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during an event can be nearly impossible, and proper post-race recovery is facilitated by ingesting fluid with electrolytes. This can take the form of a balanced electrolyte supplement along with carbohydrates and protein. A simple strategy to ensure adequate electrolyte replenishment is to take 1-2 SaltStick Caps after a race. Excess electrolyte ingestion will simply be excreted in the urine.

Disclaimer: Contact your physician before starting any exercise program or if you are taking any medication. Individuals with high blood pressure should also consult their physician prior to taking an electrolyte supplement. Overdose of electrolytes is possible, with symptoms such as vomiting and feeling ill, and care should be taken not to overdose on any electrolyte supplement.

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