ElectrAAte: HDAA and Hydration

HDAA: High Demand Amino Acids

Your body has a high demand for six specific amino acids known as the HDAA. These "6 Aminos" are also lost in high quantities in sweat every day. When you exercise, these losses are magnified and some people lose them faster than others.

It is important to keep hydrated and restock the HDAA and Electrolytes whilst exercising and playing sports. 

Dehydration can lead to:

  • Reduced concentration and focus,
  • Fatigue and muscle cramps.

The amino acids circulating in the body are continuously being utilised to support the metabolic needs of exercise and recovery. The HDAA are replaced by the breakdown of muscle proteins to provide them as they are needed. Then in the recovery phase, the muscle proteins are rebuilt which takes more energy.

Maintaining hydration means restoring the levels of fluid PLUS the levels of the HDAA and Electrolytes.