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H3O Pro™ Isotonic Sport  Drink - Powering Exceptional Performance

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Q. I drink water throughout my gym sessions, isn’t water enough? Why should I use an isotonic drink – I’m not an athlete?!
A. Isotonic drinks contain carbohydrates to help you to stay energised whilst also helping to keep you hydrated by replacing fluid and precious electrolytes (salts) which are lost through sweat; helping you to avoid the negative effects of dehydration during and after exercise. Even moderate intensity exercise will create sweat resulting in a loss of electrolytes and energy. An isotonic drink has a similar carbohydrate and electrolyte concentration to your body, meaning that your body will absorb them faster than water alone.

Q. What are the benefits of an isotonic drink in comparison to hypotonic or hypertonic sports drinks?
A. A key difference between these types of drinks is the osmolality level which is the level at which a fluid
is absorbed. An osmolality level of 270-330 Mosm/kg in an isotonic drink helps to maintain the required
concentration of electrolytes (salts) in your blood. Water alone has a very low osmolality level as it typically
does not contain electrolytes. Isotonic sports drinks replace fluids and electrolytes whilst providing energy from
carbohydrates - ideal for endurance sports, cardiovascular workouts and team sports. Hypotonic sports drinks
quickly replace fluids lost from sweating but have a low level of carbohydrates which some athletes such as
gymnasts may prefer. Hypertonic sports drinks are very high in carbohydrates and are normally taken after
exercise to top up muscle glycogen stores e.g. after ultra distance running events.

Q. Which types of sports drinks are in the market, which are the key differences and key benefits?
Types of Sports Drinks

Key Differences

Key Benefits
Isotonic Fluid, high level electrolytes and 6 to 8% carbohydrate. Rapid hydration and energy.
Hypotonic Fluid, low level of electrolytes and very low level of carbohydrate . Quick hydration but lower levels of carbs so no immediate boost of energy.
Hypertonic Fluid, very high level of carbohydrate, typically low level of electrolytes or none. A way to supplement daily carbohydrate intake to help top-up muscle glycogen stores. Not typically as effective at re-hydrating the body, as the fluid is not easily absorbed.

Q: What is osmolarity and why is it so important?
A: The osmolarity of a drink is a measure of the number of particles in a solution. In an isotonic drink these particles will comprise of carbohydrates and electrolytes (salts). An osmolality level of 270-330 Mosm/kg in a sports drink helps to maintain the required concentration of electrolytes in your blood. Our bodies consist of 60% water so, for results to be proud of it must be kept hydrated. When exercising, the high loss of fluid through sweat increases the risk of suffering from the negative effects of dehydration such as headaches, fatigue and cramp. Water alone has a very low osmolality level as it typically does not contain electrolytes. Although it is great for hydration, water also stimulates urine output which reduces its effectiveness during exercise or any sporting performance.

Q: What are mixed tocopherals?
A: Mixed tocopherols consist of a variety of natural components, collectively known as vitamin E, obtained from edible vegetable oils that possess antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are known to help protect the body against the potentially damaging effects of free radicals.

Q: When is the best time to drink H3O Pro Isotonic Drink?
A: The best time to enjoy H3O Pro is during your workout to keep you hydrated whilst providing a supply of energy, electrolytes and antioxidants to help power an exceptional performance. However, H3O Pro can also help you stay hydrated and energised before your workout. It is recommended to drink one serving for every hour of strenuous physical activity.

Q: What are electrolytes and why are they important?
A: Electrolytes is the scientific term for salts, or specifically, ions. In the body, major electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate. Electrolytes are vital because various cells in the body (especially nerve, muscle, heart) use them to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses such as muscle contraction. When you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. Drinking water, especially during strenuous exercise or training, is not always the best way to replace lost fluids because it dilutes the existing electrolytes (salts) inside the body's cells and interferes with their chemical functions. Pure water intake during exercise also causes bloating and stimulates urine output which makes it less effective when exercising.

Q: What are carbohydrates?
A: Carbohydrates are key macronutrients that come in two forms: starch and sugar. Starch is a complex carbohydrate found in foods such as cereals, grains, pasta rice, vegetables whilst sugar is a simple carbohydrate found in foods such as fruits, juices, milk, honey. Carbohydrates are stored as glucose in the liver and muscles. Carbohydrates are the most efficient source of energy as they require less oxygen to be burnt than either protein or fat. If carbohydrate stores are gradually depleted it can affect performance. As it is a challenge to consume carbohydrates from food before and after exercise, an isotonic drink can help to provide the required carbohydrate to maintain energy.

Q: How many servings of H3O Pro can I consume each day?
A: Up to four servings can be consumed per day to support extended or high levels of training or exercise. It is important to follow a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Q: Which kinds of sports does H3O Pro suit?
A: Whether you take part in general fitness activities such as regular gym sessions, spinning classes or a sport like tennis, or you are training for endurance events like marathons or triathlons, or you play a team sport like football or volleyball, you can benefi t from the hydration, energy and protection offered by H3O Pro.

Q: Is it OK to use H3O Pro alongside other Herbalife products?
A: Whatever your sport, there are other Herbalife products that can support your healthy, active lifestyle - so try using H3O Pro alongside products such as Herbalife Formula 1 and Herbalife Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex. Good quality protein from the diet and from products such as Herbalife Formula 3 Personalised Protein Powder and Protein Bars can aid muscle recovery and repair after exercise. Do not exceed the recommended serving amounts of any Herbalife product. (Refer to our different product information which target all kinds of sportspeople with product recommendations to match nutritional requirements.)

Q: Is H3O Pro recommended for people following a weight-management programme?
A: No, we do not recommend that people who have just started to lose weight or are currently following a weight-management programme use H3O Pro. The drink is intended for those who are very fitness focused whether as professional athletes or those training for triathlons, for example. Regular gym users who undertake strenuous/intense exercise where they are working up a real sweat can also benefit from an isotonic drink. H3O Pro is designed to replace electrolytes lost through sweat to enable rapid hydration. It also has a high level of carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy meaning it is not low in calories and is not suitable for those aiming to lose weight. H3O Pro is also not suitable for children, pregnant women or nursing mothers.

Q: Why does the body sweat so much?
A: Sweating is the body's way of maintaining its normal temperature of 37C but it leads to loss of body fluid and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium. An average adult needs to consume approximately two litres (eight glasses) of water per day; however consumption should increase when exercising. Professional athletes should aim to drink between three and a half litter of fluid on a typical training day. Although water is traditionally the immediate choice for helping to stay hydrated, it can cause bloating and stimulates urine output - so for many athletes an isotonic drink is the preferred choice.

Q: What are the differences between all of the products in the Herbalife Energy & Fitness range?
A: Liftoff energy drink includes caffeine to help you stay alert and focused for improved concentration; it also provides B-vitamins to help with energy production and is very low in calories. Liftoff energy drink can be used throughout the day to provide an energy boost anytime, anywhere. NRG contains Guarana which is known for its uplifting and refreshing properties. Switch to H3O Pro isotonic drink when exercising hard to stay hydrated and energised and to replace lost electrolytes.

Q: What are the benefits of H30 Pro Fitness drink?
A: Exceptional performance exceptional taste! Whether you are exercising for 45 mins or four hours you need to be sure that the sports drink you use doesn't have an over-sweet sickly taste and won't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Developed with experts in sports nutrition, H3O Pro is a clean isotonic drink infused with a subtle hint of tangy lemon; guaranteed to keep you refreshed, hydrated and performing at your best whatever your sport. It is all down to the great blend of carbs and electrolytes which come with every energising, hydrating, satisfying sip.

Q. When is the best time to drink H3O Pro™?
A. Before or during exercise. It is recommended to drink one serving for every hour of strenuous physical activity.

Q. Nutritional Values
A  See table below
    37g (1 sachet)
  Energy 137 kcal
  Protein 0.037g
  Total Carbohydrates 32g
Fat 0.037g
  Fibre 0.037g
  Sodium 0.230g
  Vitamin E 2.5mg
  Vitamin C 15mg
  Thiamin(Vitamin B1) 0.21mg
  Riboflavin( Vitamin B2) 0.24mg
Niacin 2.7mg
Vitamin B6 0.3mg
Vitamin B12 0.15mcg
Calcium 120mg
Magnesium 50mg
Potassium 140mg
Chloride 248mg

Ingredients:sugar, isomaltulose**, acidifier - citric acid, sodium citrate, flavours, calcium lactate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, sodium chloride, antioxidant - tocopherol rich extract L-ascorbic acid, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, colourant - beta carotene, nicotinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, cyanocobalamin. Contains soy and gluten. **isomaltulose is a source of glucose and fructose
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