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
- Q. Which types of sports drinks are in the market, which
are the key differences and key benefits?
Types of Sports Drinks
Fluid, high level electrolytes and 6 to 8%
Rapid hydration and energy.
Fluid, low level of electrolytes and very low
level of carbohydrate .
Quick hydration but lower levels of carbs so no
immediate boost of energy.
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
Q: What are the differences
between all of the products in the Herbalife Energy & Fitness
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
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)
||Riboflavin( Vitamin B2)
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
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