1K, 2K, and 4K refer to the amount of potassium per serving. 1K has 1 gram of potassium, 2K has 2 grams of potassium, and 4K has 4 grams of potassium per serving.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1K and 2K are designed to help prevent cramping, while 4K is designed to stop active cramping immediately.
1K is designed for people with reduced kidney function or smaller people that may not need the full 2K serving.
At Krampade, we want to keep our price point at a level that keeps Krampade affordable for everyone so that no one is priced out of cramp relief.
The body loses potassium through excretion in urine at a rate of about 4 grams per day, but this loss may also depend upon activity level. As cells depolarize, e.g. a muscle contraction, potassium is released across the cell membrane and most of it is taken back up by the cell. However, some of it is lost to the plasma where it is excreted by the kidney. This excretion accelerates during vigorous activity and sweating.
Potassium is not really stored in the body. Most potassium is found inside the cell (intracellular) and the body only keeps enough potassium to function under normal conditions. Hence, plasma potassium levels are a poor indicator of intracellular potassium levels and even a person with a “normal” plasma potassium level may have sub-optimal intracellular potassium levels.
Start taking one 2K per day. If this is inadequate, take one 2K in the morning and one 2K in the evening, with a 2K or a 4K for immediate relief should a cramp occur. Simply take a single serving in 500 mL, or 16.9 fluid ounces, of water.
If cramps do not stop, take another 2K or take a 4K for relief. Under these conditions you may want to add another prophylactic 2K spread over the course of a day in addition to your morning and evening 2K. Typically, this increased need for more potassium is due to chronically low intracellular potassium levels. (Our CEO, Dr. Eric Murphy, can attest to his special need for a lot more potassium than most people!!)
This is usually due to very low potassium levels or increased potassium wasting by the kidney. Add another serving to the daily regimen to replace lost potassium. For some individuals this can be four or more servings per day.
Krampade typically works very well to stop menstrual cramping.
Pregnant women have the same potassium requirements as non-pregnant women, but we suggest you consult your physician regarding using Krampade during your pregnancy, especially if you are experiencing some cramping. Relief is important, but so is your baby, so please discuss your use of Krampade with your physician.
We recommend seeing how your child responds to 1K or 2K, especially if they are cramping. Another good source of potassium for children is milk, so don’t forget to support the American dairy farmer as a source of much needed calcium and potassium for your child.
We started with staying focused on our purpose: Relief of cramps. We do not believe in hype (our CEO teaches scientific ethics) and thus keep our ingredients minimal. This keeps our costs down and frankly makes our product lines much more affordable for everyone. We use only all-natural, American-sourced materials with the exception of the sweetener, Advantame®, used in our reduced sugar (calorie) products, which is sourced from Japan.
We looked at the top selling flavors of other products found by the leader in the sports drink sector and picked the top three most popular flavors.
We want to deliver a great product at a great price so we streamlined our flavors to the most popular in the marketplace to keep our logistics cost low.
We are constantly developing more flavors…keep an eye out for new flavors of Krampade to try.
We use a rounded scoop for the most accurate and precise serving size delivered.
The scoop can be squeezed to make a spout to help get your Krampade into a smaller mouthed bottle. Alternatively, a funnel can be used.
We ship using USPS flat-rate boxes. The shipping is calculated based on how many units can be packed into each type of box. For larger orders, we use USPS shipping rates for regional shipping and often can ship up to 70 pounds for only $30. For our humongous orders, we will work with the end user to find the best way to get our products to you, keeping in mind we always work to keep your costs as low as possible.
Consult a physician if you have a potential kidney or heart disorder. Use Krampade according to the directions.
Taking too much Krampade at once results in self-limiting diarrhea. This is the body’s way of preventing hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the plasma). Using Krampade as directed will prevent this from occurring, but if it does occur, the diarrhea normally resolves in 15-20 minutes.
Heart muscle uses potassium to regulate contractions. Individuals with arrhythmias may want to consult their physician due to the high potassium levels in Krampade.
The kidney is primarily responsible for regulating plasma potassium levels. While some potassium will enter the cells, most will eventually be excreted by the kidneys into urine. Thus, normal kidney function is important to regulate potassium levels.
I'm a professional or NCAA athlete and am concerned that the NSF label is missing. Why doesn't this product have an NSF label?
This is a great question and the salient reason is because Krampade is a food, not a supplement. We have a nutrition label that is required to list all ingredients and the amounts of these ingredients that are included in our products as per Federal regulations. Do the major sport drinks have an NSF label? No, because again these are classified as a food and carry the nutrition label, not the supplement label as required by the FDA. What you see on the label is exactly what Krampade contains.
I'm concerned about taking this much potassium, what is typically used in a hospital setting when patients are low on potassium?
When giving oral potassium, hospitals often give pills that are 20 milliequivalents (meq) or about 1500 mg of potassium. The amounts given vary from 20 to 80 meq or 1500-6000 mg of potassium. Our products range from 1000 mg to 4000 mg per serving. We recommend the 2000 mg (2K) for most people, but for our older customers, the 1000 mg (1K) is a great option as well. The 4000 mg of potassium is really intended for individuals to drink during active cramping and for people with significant reductions in potassium.
Krampade has a shelf life in excess of 2 years in the pouches. Once opened, it still has a long shelf life, but keep the pouch zipped shut when not in use and keep it dry once opened.
This is a bit of an inside joke at a leading sports drink company who has established the sweat centered view of the entire industry. Human physiology isn’t quite that simple and kidney function is a huge contributor to electrolyte loss, which for potassium is increased when sweating.