The three nutrition goals essential for recovery are:

1. Refuel

2. Rehydrate

3. Repair


Using Tactical Nutrition after exercise will help Special Forces soldiers to recover by:

- Providing carbohydrates to refuel energy.

- Contributing to rehydration and electrolyte replacement.

- Providing high quality protein to build and repair muscles.

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Use during operations or training at high intensity for long durations to promote recovery, as a meal replacement or as an addition to ration packs provided to military personnel whilst on deployment.
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Use pre and post training or as a supplement to promote recovery and ensure an optimal nutritional balance whilst on base, at your Unit or training in a controlled environment.
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About Us - When failure is not an option

Special Force Units execute a broad range of training activities or Operational tasks that vary in duration and intensity, in adverse environments characterised by multiple stressors. Such activities or battle tasks may last several hours, days or months.

Continuous training or sustained combat operations will strain an individual’s capacity to maintain health and optimal performance. This is due to intense physical and or cognitive effort from restricted replenishment of nutrients and water, limited or non-restful sleep and psychological stressors. Other factors include less than optimal living conditions, isolation, noise, and exposure to climatic extremes such as heat, cold, wind, rain, and high-altitude hypoxia.

Nutritional countermeasures (1) will reduce such stressors by sustaining metabolic processes fueling cognitive and physical function and by maintaining the body’s biological matrix for health and optimal performance.

> PREPARE: To perform at your peak, your body needs adequate energy. During exercise, muscles mainly rely on carbohydrate for fuel (1). Without adequate carbohydrate, Special Force soldiers may suffer fatigue with impaired physical and cognitive consequences.

> REFUEL: It is essential for Special Force soldiers to be adequately fuelled, before training lasting over one hour in duration, or going Operational (5). A nutritional supplement such as either of the Tactical Nutrition formulae provides a fast, convenient and non-perishable source of carbohydrate to assist in this process.

> PERFORM: During training or Operational deployments, the most important nutritional considerations are fluids and carbohydrates. Fluid intake should aim to replace sufficient fluid lost through sweat to prevent dehydration and the development of excessive thirst (3). For training or high levels of physical exertion, lasting less than 1 hour, there is generally no need to refuel, ensuring adequate fluid is the primary focus. However, as the duration and intensity of the training, operation or battle increases, the need to supplement muscles with additional carbohydrate and other nutrients also becomes important (4).

> HYDRATE: During training or Operational deployments of greater than 4 hours, it is important to replace electrolyte losses, in addition to fluid and carbohydrates. Tactical Nutrition T6 Operational formula is a convenient nutritional supplement that should be used during these activities, providing carbohydrate, protein and sodium. Carry Tactical Nutrition T6 Operational formula in the ready to use sachet and mix with water to replace your nutrient and electrolyte losses.

Tactical Nutrition T6 Operational formula provides a sufficient intake of sodium required to re-hydrate the body where substantial sweat loss has occurred (2). Studies have consistently shown that an intake of 50 mmol/L of sodium is more effective than the same amount of volume of fluid containing 20 mmol/L of sodium in restoring fluid balance (2). The amount found in Tactical Nutrition T6 is equivalent to that found in most commercially available sports drinks.

> RECOVER: What you do in the hours after training or operations will determine how ready you are for the next training session, mission or contact. If there is less than 8 hours between these, rapid nutrition recovery is crucial.

To optimise refuelling, repair and rehydration, consume Tactical Nutrition within 30–60 minutes after strenuous physical activity to restore glycogen stores and stimulate protein synthesis (6, 7). All Units and Commands should provide recovery meals or supplements to soldiers after they undergo strenuous physical exercise and/or training sessions that exceed 60 minutes in duration and when normal dining facilities or catering services are not available.

The 1-hour timeframe is critical for minimising the metabolic damage resulting from strenuous physical activity. This approach emphasises nutrient timing, i.e. being mindful of when to eat, as well as what to eat (3).

References: (1) Forbes-Ewan C. (2009). Australian Defence Force Nutritional Requirements in the 21st Century (Version 1). DSTO-GD-0578. (2) Booth C. et al (2001). The Effect of Consumption of Australian Combat Rations on Military Personnel after a medium-Term Field Exercise. DSTO-RR-0228. (3) Dugas JP et al. (2009). Rates of fluid ingestion alter pacing but not thermoregulatory responses during prolonged exercise in hot and humid conditions with appropriate convective cooling. (4) Burke LM et al. (2011). Carbohydrates for training and competition. J Sports Sci.; 29 (S1):S17-27. (5) IOC consensus statement on sports nutrition 2010. J Sports Sciences, 29, S1:S3-4. (6) Ivy JL et al (1988). Muscle glycogen synthesis after exercise: effect of time of carbohydrate ingestion. J Appl Physiol. 64(4):1480-5. (7) Hulmi JJ et al (2010). Effect of protein/essential amino acids and resistance training on skeletal muscle hypertrophy: A case for whey protein. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2010; 7:51.