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ABOUT LIGHTSPEED

Staying hydrated isn’t rocket science… or is it?

Science. Not sugar.

When space diapers just wouldn't cut it.

NASA is recognized for many things – putting a man on the moon, technologically advancing spaceflight, and pioneering the mission to Mars – to name a few. One thing that they're not commonly known for is their innovation in hydration. It turns out NASA is uniquely qualified to innovate in this space (pun intended). When astronauts embark on their missions, they need to stay even more hydrated in space because fewer fluids are retained in zero gravity. This environment results in a decrease of plasma levels, loss of 2-3% of their body's water content, decreased performance, dizziness, lightheadedness, & fainting – or, in other words, dehydration.

However, staying hydrated in the cosmos ends up being more tricky than expected. Astronauts end up drinking significantly more water to offset the dehydration effects, resulting in going to the bathroom far more frequently. And in space, going to the bathroom is a bit, well… complicated. Because astronauts sit immobile for hours during launch and spend hours on end on spacewalks, there's no time or easy way to go to the restroom during missions. To address this concern, NASA invented a Maximum Absorbency Garment (essentially space diapers) to give astronauts peace of mind, but this is only a bandaid on the larger problem – the astronauts' health and performance.

Innovation in hydration.

After years of extensive Agency research and testing, NASA researchers came up with a scalable, healthy, and effective solution. NASA patented a powerful electrolyte formula to keep astronauts well hydrated and at maximum performance during their missions. This patent was revolutionary, and this formula is still used by astronauts today. Through rigorous studies, this formula was found to: 

Prevent the loss of body fluids during heavy exercise
Increase blood plasma levels
Prevent heat exposure and illness
Accelerate hydration without the use of carbohydrates

Supported by scientific studies.

NASA's hydration patent was revolutionary, especially in its discovery that hydration is accelerated without carbs (it was previously thought that carbs/sugars accelerated the hydration process). NASA researchers also conducted studies to test the efficacy of their formula with athletes to prove that their formula translates over to non-astronauts. Here are some of their findings:

During high-intensity exercise for 30 minutes, the treatment without sugar increased endurance by over 20% when compared with water or carb-containing beverages.

Study: Drink Composition and Cycle-Ergometer Endurance in Men: Carbohydrate, Na+, Osmolality

At an elevation of 9,000+ feet over 12 hours, plasma volume was better maintained by the NASA-developed formula than water or carb-containing beverages.

Study: Sodium Chloride-Citrate Beverages Attenuate Hypovolemia in Men Resting 12 Hours at 2800 m Altitude (nearly 9,200 ft)

The NASA formula maintained plasma volume both at rest and during 70 minutes of exercise. Carb-containing products did not maintain plasma volume. 

Study: Hypervolemia in Men from Drinking Hyperhydration Fluids at Rest and During Exercise (70 minutes of exercise at approx. 70% VO2 max)

Beverages with carbs are less efficient at rehydration. This is because as carbs are burned, their osmotic benefits diminish. Isotonic sodium formulas are more effective at rehydration and for restoring and increasing plasma volume.

Study: Vascular Uptake of Rehydration Fluids in Hypohydrated Men at Rest and Exercise (Exercise for 70 minutes at about 70% VO2 max)

We’re on a mission to keep America hydrated. No sugar, just electrolytes.