Meet the Founders
Necessity is the mother of invention! And at times, intervention! Gray Mountain was formed to fill in the void left by numerous commercially available sports or "energy" drinks, which in many ways, do little to address the problem of dehydration and electrolyte losses. The Founder and CEO of the company, Dr. Sourabh Kharait, MD, Ph.D. is a practicing Nephrologist and the current Medical Director of Clinical Trials of a large private practice in Northern California. Dr. Kharait specializes in treating severe kidney problems and electrolyte disorders and serves as a consultant for numerous hospitals, dialysis centers and clinical practices in the Sacramento area. In addition to his medical doctorate and his fellowship in Nephrology at UCSF, he has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. An author of several original research articles and winner of numerous awards, Dr. Kharait was recently recognized as a Top Doctor by Sacramento magazine in December of 2017.
Ishita M. Shah, Ph. D., is the Associate Director of Microbial Programs at the Foods for Health Institute, University of California, Davis. She collaborates with experts in the multidisciplinary Milk Bioactives Program towards the identification and translation of Milk-derived agents for altering infectious outcomes. After her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and postdoctoral training in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Shah worked in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Genentech, Inc. in South San Francisco prior to joining UC Davis.
The Story of MagNaK
As an avid hiker, Dr. Kharait battled his own muscle fatigue and cramps hiking the high mountainous terrain in Northern California. After resorting to the conventional sports drinks that are high in sugar, low in electrolytes and missing vital minerals such as magnesium, he decided to build his own formulation. And MagNaK was born!
In his own words, Dr. Kharait explains "MagNaK is truly unique in many ways. It is the first 'grab-and-go', magnesium-rich sports drink, which is rich in vital electrolytes, but low in sugar and calories and completely free of caffeine, preservatives and artificial colors. It is also quickly absorbed due to its low osmolarity, making it ideal for athletes to rehydrate during active workouts without worrying about unnecessary calories".