So I know I've been talking about a few supplements and giving reviews the past few posts I've made, and I'm going to keep the streak going. This time talking about First Endurance EFS. There's a lot of things to like about this product, and honestly, not really anything to dislike.
First off, the lemon-lime flavor is amazing. I think the best part about it, is that after mixing the powder in (1 scoop per 12oz water), I don't end up with a gooey mess. Comparing this type of drink to that of other premixed drinks, I feel there is no comparison. Something like Gatorade, I can literally feel the syrup stick to my throat as I'm drinking it. With EFS, it goes down just as easy as water, and the taste is just right. It's not so overpowering that it knocks you down, yet it isn't so watered down that the flavor is merely hinted. Bare in mind this comes with the proper scoops to fluid ounces you put in.
Next, I look at the Supplement Facts. For one serving of EFS, I'm taking in around 100 calories. And when I'm either out training or racing, having close to a solid round number is great. 100 calories in my drink, 150 calories in my bar or gel, makes for easy math so I can concentrate on the important things. EFS also hits a lot of the major nutrients, especially those lost during endurance training. Those mostly being Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium (Mg, Na, K respectively). The body needs to replenish the electrolyte levels in your system so the system can keep firing on all cylinders. If you go to page 15 of the Research Packet, you will see the electrolyte comparison and a 'typical' amount of sweat loss during rigorous exercise. If you are like me, those numbers are a bit high. I'm a little larger than your average endurance athlete, and I sweat more than most, too. The numbers in EFS play into my favor rather well.
A few other points I like about the drink is the addition of key amino acids as well as Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to help with the immune system and help ward off toxins. And when you're out there training, breaking down cells and using up all of the stored energy you have, that Vitamin C boost helps keeps things in check and your immune system fully supported. Throwing in some of those amino acids will also help your muscles as you break them down over the course of the race or training session. Replacing what is lost during exercise is a great practice to keep yourself fully functional.
That's about all the deeper I am going to dive into the complexities that make up EFS and why I feel it is a great tool to have in your bag. But, should you want to read more about it, read the Research Packet. It can answer just about anything you can think of about the line of EFS products that First Endurance produces. And as for flavors, I can only speak of Lemon-Lime. So don't hold me to it if you don't like one of the other flavors. I'm a Lemon-Lime guy through and through.