Nuun. I hear it’s pronounced “noon” and not “none”. Or at least in my head, that’s how I’ve been saying it, so let’s go with it. Anyway, I’ve heard of the nuun. I’ve tasted the nuun. But it wasn’t until I was recently contacted by the good people at nuun with a review opportunity that I *actually* took the time to learn a little bit more about it.
So now that you are all sitting here saying “noon/none” in your head, let’s learn together, shall we?
Hydration. It’s a very important, and sometimes tricky subject for endurance athletes (and athletes in general). Without getting into a full blown exercise physiology lecture, I think we can all assume that dehydration is typically a bad thing, especially in the middle of a race or a training run (alternatively, over hydration with a lack of electrolytes, or hyponatremia, is equally as bad. Just ask my sister!) Our bodies need to stay balanced as far as electrolytes and hydration are concerned, and when we are working hard and sweating buckets, this balance is easily lost.
Nuun are these tiny tabs (think alka-seltzer) that are packed with electrolytes and flavor. You drop them into your water bottle . According to Nuun, the special formulation of electrolytes helps increase the amount of water that’s absorbed into the blood stream. That means more of the water you drink is actually used to hydrate you instead of being eliminated because the electrolyte balance wasn’t right. Dehydration in athletes can cause fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. NUUN contains the ideal balance of essential electrolytes including: sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium for optimal water absorption into your bloodstream, minimizing the risk of dehydration symptoms. Each tablet contains about 7-8 calories.
I was sent two tubes of nuun, one lemon-lime and one strawberry lemonade to test out. Here’s what I thought
Taste: one of those tricky things. While I’m hanging out at home watching the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars (my mom’s fault), nuun is alright. When I’m sweating bullets and working my butt of with some plyometrics or a tempo run? Nuun tastes AMAZING. So much more satisfying than just water alone. It’s available in 11 different flavors, so everyone can find SOMETHING they enjoy.
Convenience: one tiny tube has 12 tablets. You can toss it in your gym bag, or your car (I actually have a tube in my glove compartment, haha), or your purse, or your man purse (I’m not judging!) and make a bottle full of electrolyte goodness whenever you want My *only* complaint is that I’m not a huge fan of artificial sweetners, and nuun does contain sorbitol. So I’m hoping to try their other line, U Natural Hydration, which contains NO sugars OR artificial sweetneres.
nuun’s all-natural line, U-Hydration
My *only* complaint is that I’m not a huge fan of artificial sweetners, and nuun does contain sorbitol. So I’m hoping to try their other line, U Natural Hydration, which contains NO sugars OR artificial sweetneres.
But does it WORK? Good question. Nuun is *not* an energy source, so I can sit here and say “I felt so much stronger/faster/etc!”. But I can tell you this, I felt hydrated. No post workout headaches (sometimes I just about kill myself with those damn burpees). No stomach issues. So will I use it for those long summer runs where electrolytes and hydration are key? Absolutely.
Want to give it a try? You can buy nuun from their online store, or use the store locator to find a retailer near you that carries nuun. At about $6 for a tube (or, 50 cents per drink, way cheaper than a gatorade!) it’s worth a try! Check them out on facebook or tweet them (tell them RunFasterMommy sent you!) to learn more and connect!
*Note, the samples of nuun were provided to me for review at no cost, however, all opinions stated in this review are that of my own.*