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FAQ’s

Gnarly Whey Protein

What’s the difference between Gnarly Whey and Gnarly Feast?

Gnarly Whey is designed to supplement protein in the diet; it has a low fat, low calorie and low carbohydrate content.  Gnarly Feast is a whey – based meal replacement powder that can also be used as a recovery drink. Therefore Gnarly Feast has added fats and carbohydrates as well as the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.  Both products use whey protein concentrate sourced from New Zealand grass fed cows and both products contain digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid in protein digestion and general gut health.

Why do you use grass-fed New Zealand whey protein concentrate?

Gnarly Nutrition uses whey sourced from New Zealand cows that are grass-fed year-round and not treated with synthetic hormones—happy cows, eating what they should eat and producing clean and natural milk. Additionally, by sourcing our whey from New Zealand, we know it to be free of GMOs or “genetically modified organisms”. GMOs are living organisms whose genetic material has been engineered for a wide variety of applications ranging from agricultural production to scientific research. The FDA has approved a number of genetically modified organisms for human consumption, considering them to be as safe as their traditional counterparts. Although little research has shown a direct health risk to humans, evidence exists to suggest that allergenicity, toxicity and environmental damage may be of concern.

What do you use to sweeten your whey products?

For the most part, we use natural non-caloric sweeteners in Gnarly Nutrition products.  These include Stevia, Monk Fruit and Erythritol. We also use small amounts of evaporated cane sugar in our Gnarly Vegan Meal Replacement (to increase the calorie content) as well as our Gnarly Hydrate (to facilitate electrolyte transport).

Why don’t you use sugar as a sweetener?

We like to leave the quantity and source of carbohydrates in the hands of our consumers.

Why do you include probiotics and digestive enzymes?

Gnarly nutrition includes a digestive enzyme blend and probiotics in our protein products to improve digestion, maximize protein assimilation and improve general gut health.  We’ve had folks that can’t usually digest “whey” tell us they have no digestive problems when using our whey-based products; we attribute this to the high quality of our ingredients and the inclusion of digestive enzymes and probiotics.

How much protein should I be consuming?

When determining the optimal protein intake for active individuals, the following factors should be considered: mode and intensity of exercise, protein quality, energy intake, carbohydrate intake and timing of protein intake.  Generally, for endurance exercise, recommended protein intakes range from 1.0g/kg body weight to 1.6g/kg body weight per day, while for strength/power exercise, protein requirements range from 1.6 to 2.0g/kg body weight/day. So while both endurance and strength training increase the need for protein,  increased protein in endurance exercise is needed, predominantly, for an increase in mitochondrial density and related proteins as well as increased leucine oxidation (elevating the overall protein requirement), while increased protein for strength athletes is required for the synthesis of new muscle and/or to repair muscle damage.

Gnarly Vegan Protein

What is the protein blend used in Gnarly Vegan?

Pea protein isolate, chia seed protein and cranberry seed protein

Why do you include sugar in Gnarly Vegan?

Gnarly Vegan is a meal replacement and is thus higher in calories and carbohydrates than most other Gnarly products.  Including a small amount of evaporated cane sugar in Gnarly Vegan allows us to increase calories and carbohydrates while making the product downright delicious.

Why do you include probiotics and digestive enzymes?

Gnarly nutrition includes a digestive enzyme blend and probiotics in our protein products to improve digestion, maximize protein assimilation and improve general gut health.  We’ve had folks that can’t usually digest “whey” tell us they have no digestive problems when using our whey-based products; we attribute this to the high quality of our ingredients and the inclusion of digestive enzymes and probiotics.

How much protein should I be consuming?

When determining the optimal protein intake for active individuals, the following factors should be considered: mode and intensity of exercise, protein quality, energy intake, carbohydrate intake and timing of protein intake.  Generally, for endurance exercise, recommended protein intakes range from 1.0g/kg body weight to 1.6g/kg body weight per day, while for strength/power exercise, protein requirements range from 1.6 to 2.0g/kg body weight/day. So while both endurance and strength training increase the need for protein,  increased protein in endurance exercise is needed, predominantly, for an increase in mitochondrial density and related proteins as well as increased leucine oxidation (elevating the overall protein requirement), while increased protein for strength athletes is required for the synthesis of new muscle and/or to repair muscle damage.

Gnarly Hydrate

Are Gnarly hydration products safe for children?

Yes!  Gnarly Hydrate is a great option for active kids because it’s low in sugar, free of artificial colors and flavors and it tastes great!

How much Gnarly Hydrate should I be drinking?

The amount of Gnarly Hydrate you should consume is dependent on the duration, intensity and type of activity you are doing and is largely determined by how much you sweat.  You can determine approximately how much you sweat by doing a hydration test (for directions on how to do a hydration test, follow this link: https://gognarly.com/gnarly-hydration-test/).  On average, aim to drink 16-20 oz of Gnarly Hydrate/hour when training hard.

What is the shelf life of Gnarly Hydrate? Mine is clumping

The shelf life of Gnarly Hydrate is 2 years.

I lost my scoop.

One serving of Gnarly Hydrate is 10g.  10g of powder is approximately 2 teaspoons.

Can I drink just water?

Taking in the right amount of water will get you halfway to properly hydrating, but if that is all you do, then your performance will suffer and you could seriously injure yourself. The other half of the equation involves replenishing the electrolytes lost in sweat. Although sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are all lost in sweat, sodium is, by far, lost in the greatest concentrations, with losses ranging from 200-700mg per 16 oz of sweat. By choosing a hydration beverage that contains electrolytes at effective levels, you ensure you’re giving your body both the water and electrolytes it needs to perform optimally, while preventing cramping and dehydration.

Why does Gnarly Hydrate have sugar as an ingredient?

Gnarly Hydrate includes sugar for two primary reasons 1) Sugar, along with sodium, helps facilitate the transport of water into the body, and 2) Sugar is also an important fuel for muscles during exercise.  Gnarly Hydrate doesn’t include enough sugar to be your primary fuel (so make sure you are consuming calories from another source), but it does contain enough sugar to effectively hydrate your body.

Does Gnarly Hydrate contain Wheat/Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Nuts?

Gnarly Hydrate is free of wheat, gluten, soy, dairy and nuts.

Gnarly BCAAs

What are BCAAs?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Of the 20 amino acids, 9 are essential, meaning they cannot be synthesized (produced or created) by the body and must come from our  diet. Of these essential amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine are known as branched chain amino acids (BCAAs).

How do BCAAs work?

Unlike other essential amino acids, which are broken down in the liver, BCAAs are oxidized, or used for energy, primarily in the skeletal muscle.  BCAA oxidation in skeletal muscle increases 2-3 fold during exercise (Tarnopolsky, 2004; Shimomura et al., 2006) .

In addition to being a source of fuel for working muscles, BCAAs are critical to muscle recovery and synthesis (reviewed in Shimomura et al., 2006; Blomstrand et al., 2006) and supplementation  with BCAAs has been shown to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS (Greer et al., 2007; Shimomura et al., 2010).

When do I take BCAAs?

Because free form amino acids don’t require digestion and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream as is, they are a much quicker and more efficient way to increase BCAA concentration in the body than eating whole protein.  Research has shown that BCAA concentration in the blood elevates within 15 minutes and peaks 30 minutes after ingestion7, so supplementing with BCAAs starting about 15 minutes before training and then following your training session up with a good source of protein and carbohydrates is the general recommendation.

Gnarly Pump

When should I use Gnarly Pump?

While Gnarly Pump does include ingredients that can be helpful when taken before a workout (caffeine, arginine and citrulline), it’s primary ingredient, creatine, can really be taken at any time of the day.  The key with creatine supplementation is consistency. Supplementing with creatine increases your muscular stores of phosphocreatine, which leads to an increase in the generation of ATP during the anaerobic energy production.  For more information on how to supplement with creatine, please see: (article link).

What’s the difference between Pump and Maximus PRE?

Gnarly Pump is primarily a creatine supplement, Maximus PRE does not contain creatine and contains a variety of other ingredients that can be of benefit when taken in the 30 minutes before training.  While both products contain caffeine, Maximus PRE contains substantially more caffeine at 180mg/serving compared to 60mg/serving in Gnarly Pump.

Gnarly Maximus PRE

When I take Maximus PRE my face and hands tingle, is this normal?

Tingling in your hands and face after taking Maximus PRE is completely normal.  Maximus PRE includes Beta Alanine, an ingredient that increases muscular carnosine levels and helps buffer muscular acidity.  Beta Alanine also causes “pins and needles” type tingling, the medical term for which is paresthesia. Paresthesia is a harmless side effect but can be reduced or avoided by taking a smaller dose of Maximus PRE.

When should I take Maximus PRE?

We recommend taking Maximus PRE 20-30 minutes before your workout/training session.

Maximus PRE contains BCAAs, do I still need to take Gnarly BCAAs?

We recommend taking Maximus PRE 20-30 minutes before your workout, drinking Gnarly BCAAs during your workout and then following up with you favorite Gnarly protein.  This keeps leucine levels (one of the branched chain amino acids critical to preventing muscle breakdown and promoting muscle growth) in your blood high and maximizes the benefit you get from your training while minimizing soreness and fatigue.

International

I live outside the USA can you ship to me?

Sorry! Not at this time.  We’re working on it though!

Does Gnarly Nutrition have any International distributors?

Not at this time.

General

I lost my scoop

Although the density of individual Gnarly Nutrition products differs, you can use the guidelines below as a general approximation.

Gnarly Hydrate (10g) – 2 tsp

Gnarly BCAAs (13g) – 2.5 tsp

Gnarly Maximus PRE (15g) – 3 tsp

Gnarly Pump (18g) – 3.5 tsp

Gnarly Proteins (2 scoops = 50g) – 3-4 Tbsp

If you’d like a replacement scoop, contact us at [email protected]

Refund policy

If you purchased the product from gognarly.com and are not 100% satisfied, we will provide a full refund as long as the product is returned within 60 days of purchase.  Please email [email protected] if you need to return product.

Does Gnarly offer a military discount?

We happily provide a discount for the men and women that serve our country.  Please email [email protected] for more information.

Does Gnarly Nutrition sponsor athletes?

Gnarly Nutrition is happy to sponsor athletes in a wide range of sports.  Please email [email protected] for more information.