As every sports dietitian is well aware, maximum endurance and optimal performance are often proportional to an athlete's ability to stay hydrated. But many athletes periodically experience negative effects of dehydration: cramps, headaches, muscle fatigue, light-headedness, disorientation, etc. And so do astronauts.
In their quest to prevent the negative effects of dehydration, the goal NASA researchers sought to achieve was a superior hydration formula to protect astronauts during the rigors of re-entry and readjustment to Earth's gravity. And like so many other product innovations made possible by NASA research for space travel--shoe insoles, invisible braces, scratch-resistant braces and memory foam, to name just a few--The Right Stuff breaks away from the ordinary so that athletes can achieve the extraordinary.
John Greenleaf, former NASA research scientist and inventor of the formula, explained: "We developed the rehydration formula to perform optimally under the most extreme conditions. The health of our highly trained astronauts was paramount. With all that Americans and the government have invested in the space program and our astronauts, this is one clear way to protect and maximize that investment. And now athletes can benefit from this research too."
Based on over a decade of tests with astronauts in space and with athletes on the ground, the result is a superior solution for optimal athletic hydration.
The published research shows that the formula is far superior for:
The Right Stuff has been integrated into training and event-day regimens in a wide cross-section of athletes and organizations from high school, college, pro and the Olympics ranks to first responders and industrial athletes.
Some of the NASA findings include:
Studies from outside NASA (Dr. Stacy Sims, CPSDA member) corroborate the hydration benefits of The Right Stuff:
Technology exclusively licensed from NASA: US Patent # 5,447,730