FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Krampade is a high potassium electrolyte replacement formulation, which is drastically different than any other sports drink on the planet. We are the first to utilize potassium effectively, which enables Krampade to not only help stop and prevent cramp formation, but also to enhance performance, reduce fatigue, speed recovery, and optimize hydration.
While other sports drinks/hydration beverages focus on sodium replacement, we focus on replacing the potassium that everyone loses everyday and most of us do not consume in sufficient quantities to replace what is lost daily. This makes Krampade a functional food, helping restore potassium lost from the body.
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.
For most people, 2K is the appropriate potassium level. The 1K is designed for older individuals with reduced kidney function. The 4K is designed for acute, active cramping associated with athletics OR for those who need higher amounts of potassium.
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.
Krampade works because we have a higher content of potassium in our formulations, much more than any other sports drink on the market. Our formulations use potassium chloride, which works fast to provide the potassium you need. We are a quantum leap forward in sports drink technology. Nothing works like Krampade!
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, brain activity, heart pumping, 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 by consuming two servings of 2K per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Your individual needs may change depending upon activity level.
If cramps do not stop, take another 2K or take a 4K for relief. Under these conditions you may want to drink another preventative 2K 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, consuming over 12 gram per day!)
Krampade typically works very well to stop menstrual cramping. Krampade is your menstrual cramp solution!
Pregnant women require more potassium compared to non-pregnant women (5,100 mg per day vs 4,700 mg per day), but we suggest you consult your physician regarding using Krampade during your pregnancy. Krampade is a great solution for those pesky nighttime leg and foot cramps so many pregnant women experience. Relief is important, but so is your baby, so please discuss your use of Krampade with your physician.
You may want to see how your child responds to 1K or 2K, especially if they are cramping. However, 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. By not adding vitamins or other "herbal ingredients", we keep 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.
Advantame® is a non-calorie sweetener, consisting of Aspartame and isovanillin. It is approximately 20,000 times sweeter than sucrose (sugar) and provides a clean aftertaste while enhancing flavor.
Advantame® has no upper limit of consumption. This is because Advantame® is not bioavailable, meaning it simply enters the body and exits the body without being absorbed. Unlike Aspartame, Advantame® isn't metabolized (broken down) at all, preventing any kind of byproduct which could cause things like headaches. The team at Krampade® doesn't like low calorie sweeteners, but this is one we can get behind! Some of us actually prefer our reduced sugar formulations because of the advantages Advantame® provides for us!
Krampade was formulated for all people in mind. This includes high performance athletes and everyday folks. By keeping dyes out of our product, we retain a no-frills product which simply works; a product that is compliant with international competition; a product that won't stain; a product which individuals with food allergies and those who desire to consume all-natural products can enjoy.
Each scoop of Krampade is designed for 500 mL of water, or 16.9 fl. oz. This is a standard bottle of water you can buy from the store. Of course, you're at liberty to use as much water as desired.
Taking too much Krampade at once generally 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. You may also experience some tingling in the lips and extremities, which like the diarrhea will pass in less than 3o minutes for most people.
Of course we have lived through many of these experience as we rigorously tested different formulations at Krampade. So, yep, we've experienced taking too much potassium, more than once!
Consult a physician if you have a potential kidney or heart disorder. Use Krampade according to the directions.
Heart muscle uses potassium when it beats. Individuals with arrhythmias may want to consult their physician due to the high potassium levels in Krampade. Too much and too little potassium may result in a potassium-induced arrhythmia, although certainly those caused by too little potassium in the heart are more common.
The kidney is primarily responsible for regulating potassium levels in plasma. 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 in the body. Consult with your physician if you have any questions.
If you are taking a potassium sparing diuretic, consult your physician prior to consuming any Krampade products. More than likely, your physician has placed you on a low potassium diet.
If you are taking a potassium wasting diuretic and also taking an oral potassium supplement, please discuss with your physician about using Krampade as your source of dietary potassium. Our experience is that our products are much less expensive than any other solution.
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 use a nutrition label. What you see on the label is exactly what Krampade contains.
When giving oral potassium, hospitals often give pills that are 20 milliequivalents (meq) or about 780 mg of potassium. The amounts given vary from 20 to 80 meq or 780-3120 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 recommended for individuals who have severe, active cramping and for people with significant reductions in potassium.
Krampade has a shelf life in excess of 5 years in the pouches and single serving sizes. Once opened, it still has a long shelf life, but keep the pouch zipped shut when not in use and keep it dry. Once the pouch is opened, the flavor will degrade with time especially when exposed to air. So keep your pouch zipped up to maintain the flavor.
For some people, Krampade can be salty. This is primarily due to the potassium chloride we use as our potassium source as well as the sodium chloride in Krampade Original. Often times, on the second or third swig of Krampade, it tends to have much less saltiness than the first drink. Also, your eyes see a clear solution and your mind is thinking water. Many of our customers who didn't like Krampade the first few times they consumed it, quickly grow to enjoy (tolerate for some) the flavor. Here is a perfect testimonial to this fact!
Krampade 2.o has a much better taste profile with the magnesium masking some of the saltiness and it contains less sodium chloride than Krampade Original.
Krampade Fiber has virtually no saltiness due to the high fiber content.