Adjusting To High Altitude Running With Zaca

Adjusting To High Altitude Running

If you want helping in adjusting to high altitude running and improved performance, our Zaca chewables are a top-choice solution. We'll dive into how Zaca can help you adjusting to high altitude running.

Adjusting To High Altitude Running

As oxygen levels lower the higher you go in altitude, it gets harder to breathe. Lower oxygen levels take a toll on the body, cause oxidative stress, dehydration, and can decrease running performance. 

Staying adjusted and hydrated by feeding your body the proper nutrients while you are on the run can be extremely helpful to high altitude running and performance. This is why we recommend Zaca chewables.

Zaca chewables are formulated with a blend of nutrients that not only help the body to rehydrate, but to combat the negative effects of altitude such as free radical damage. Making adjusting to high altitude running significant easier on your body.

Simply take 2 chewables before your high altitude run. Since they are easy, convenient and portable, you can take more as needed during longer distance running. If you're competing in a high altitude marathon or other high altitude sport, taking Zaca chewables days leading up to the competition will help your body adjust better.

High Altitude Running Benefits Of Zaca

Zaca chewables are a natural dietary supplement essential for hydration and performance in high altitudes. Also known as  hydration chews for running, Zaca helps your body adjust by fueling it with altitude-friendly nutrients such as Glutathione, Glutamine and DHM.

This helps you perform better while running in the mountains or at higher elevations than you normally would be able to tolerate. It’s also great for mountain biking, hiking and any other activity where you need some extra help adjusting to higher elevation levels.

Zaca uses active ingredients that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine around the world. They work together to help rehydrate, replenish and recover: giving you more energy and allowing you to train harder.

Here's the high altitude running benefits of Zaca's ingredients:

  • Enhance high altitude physical performance⁸

  • Replenish lost glutathione from high altitudes⁶

  • Increase water absorption⁴

  • Enhance electrolyte intake⁴

  • Improve mood and cognition at high altitudes⁷

  • Increase glycogen synthesis¹

  • Improve recovery³

  • Inhibit breakdown of muscle³

  • Increase cellular energy stores¹

  • Alleviate fatigue⁴

  • Increases time to exhaustion⁴

With antioxidants, herbs and amino acids, Zaca chewables are a natural way to help your body during high altitude runs.

Science Behind 3 Key Herbs For High Altitude Running

High altitude running can be a challenge for even the most experienced runners. But there are ways to help you adjust and acclimate to the new environment. Zaca’s three core herbs — Glutathione, Glutamine and DHM — have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries or proven in modern science to help with high altitudes.

We’ve studied these ingredients and found that they may provide a unique combination of benefits for your body as it adjusts to altitude changes. Here's the science behind 3 key herbs for high altitude running:

  • Glutathione

    Known as the body's master antioxidant, Glutathione is shown to be depleted at high altitudes up to 45%.⁶ This is a key amino acid in Zaca to replenish Glutathione levels and fight high altitude free radical damage.

  • Glutamine

    Brazilian research showed that Glutamine plays a key role in inflammation, and could decrease mood and cognition decline from high altitude.⁷ Another key amino acid in Zaca to fuel and prep the body and mind for high altitudes.

  • DHM (from Hovenia Dulcis)

    A 2014 study showed that DHM (Dihydromyricetin) enhances high altitude physical performance; by lowering mitochondrial injury and improving cellular antioxidant capacity.⁸ This high altitude herb is the last key ingredient in Zaca to help improve high altitude running.

These three key herbs for altitude adjustment should be supplemented for adjusting to high altitude running. Which is why at Zaca we made them conveniently available in our chewable tablets.

What Is Considered High Altitude For Running?

Elevation starting between 3000 and 5000 feet is considered high altitude running. The higher you go, the harder it is for your body to get enough oxygen from the air you breathe in. This makes running more difficult because your muscles and cells need more oxygen.

Consider that altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness, typically starts at around 8000 feet. Elevations of this height can make high altitude running extremely hard if you're fighting off altitude sickness at the same time. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue — all of which can make it hard to run or even function normally.

In our home town of Denver Colorado, we often see visitors suffer from altitude sickness at 5280 feet high. If you're traveling from sea level for high altitude training, be best prepared for altitude sickness. For more help, read our guide How To Avoid Altitude Sickness.

3 Tips To Improve High Altitude Running And Training

At high altitude like in Colorado or Utah, your body has less oxygen to work with, and it's harder for your muscles and body to perform at their peak.

Luckily, there are several ways to make the most of your training while you’re in the mountains. Here are three tips to help you better prepare and adjust to high altitude running and training:

1. Maximize Your Hydration

Your body loses water faster when at high altitudes — which can lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion if not addressed properly. The thin, dry air also causes increased respiration, which further makes high altitude running difficult.

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day before and after running so that your body stays hydrated and healthy. Half your body weight in water is typically recommended, yet with the strenuous exercise of running you'll likely need even more.

Zaca is considered a cellular hydration supplement which helps further maximize hydration by increasing water absorption and electrolyte intake.

2. Acclimate and Rest

It might sound counterintuitive, but resting when first visiting a high altitude condition is key to acclimating. This is more important if you're not a native the high altitude mountains you're running or training in.

For example, if coming from sea level to high altitude train in Colorado Springs, this step to acclimate and rest is critical. Acclimating to high altitudes can take a few days up to a week or two.

Not only resting and taking it easy for a few days before running is important, giving adequate sleep of at least 8 hours is another important factor.

If you're about to run a high altitude marathon of 5000 to 10000 feet or even higher, you want your body to acclimate as much as possible before starting. If the marathon or competition is much higher than what you live at, then it's recommended to stay a few nights close to the altitude you'll be running or competing at to allow your body to adjust and acclimate.

3. Take An Altitude Supplement

Last but not least, taking an altitude adjustment supplement like Zaca is the most differentiating factor for a high altitude runner.

With Zaca chewables, by enhancing high altitude physical performance, replenishing lost glutathione from high altitudes, speeding up recovery, and improving water absorption -- you'll give your body the edge it needs for high altitude running.

An altitude supplement can fuel your body much more efficiently with herbs and amino acids that you cannot get from a diet or food alone.

Try Zaca's High Altitude Chewable Supplement

Supplements For High Altitude Running
Zaca is a small, Colorado-based company that specializes in creating a high-quality supplement for athletes and altitude. This supplement is designed to help running and training, making it ideal for athletes to thrive at high altitudes. It contains a proprietary blend of ingredients that work together in high altitudes to help you run better, train harder and recover faster by increasing your endurance, antioxidants and performance. Try Zaca's chewable supplement today to feel better and stronger running at high altitudes.



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2. How L-Alanyl L-Glutamine Improves Endurance Performance
3. Compound Summary l-Alanyl-l-glutamine
4. Better performance for improved hydration
5. Examination of the efficacy of acute L-alanyl-L-glutamine ingestion during hydration stress in endurance exercise
6. Effect of high altitude (7,620 m) exposure on glutathione
7. The Possible Importance of Glutamine Supplementation to Mood and Cognition in Hypoxia from High Altitude
8. Dihydromyricetin Improves Physical Performance under Simulated High Altitude