I keep a tube of Nuun (pronounced noon) on my desk. I pretty much keep one there year round as we are always running or training for something. Currently, I have the Strawberry Lemonade flavor sitting on my desk at work. It's one of my favs.
Why Do You Have Nuun On Your Desk?
The long story is that I spend several hours a day at work. I do most of my hydrating for my runs during those hours. I drink a lot of water and I mean A LOT! I have mentioned it before, but I'm taking a medication that is a potassium sparing diuretic. (Dr. said it was ok to run on this med.) It's no big deal to me to leave work at 5:00 having already consumed over 80 ounces of water. Add that 80 ounces to the additional 30 or more that I drink before my evening run and after my run during dinner and we are looking at a ton of water each day. That being said, water gets boring real quick when you are drinking 80-110 ounces a day.
Sometimes you just need something different. Also you need electrolytes. That's why there is always a tube of Nuun on my desk.
What is Nuun?
Nuun is an electrolyte packed, light flavor, no sugar, low carb, very portable, sports drink that comes in tablet form you mix with water.
The tablets are a little bigger than a quarter. You drop a tablet into 16 ounces of water and watch it dissolve like Alka-Seltzer. Once the tablet is dissolved the water is just a tiny bit fizzy but not for long. Each of the tubes has 12 tablet in it.
Nuun has less than 8 calories per serving and no sugar or carbs which is great for me and my blood sugar/insulin issues.
Why Do You Need Electrolytes?
I have also heard of runners who drink so much water leading up to race day that they flush their systems completely of all salt and electrolytes and have really bad cramps out on the race course. Sounds awful to me.
Hydration is important. Water is good. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Here is what the Nuun website says about overhydration...
Dehydration is a common concern but overhydration, or hyponatremia, can be an overwhelming concern for endurance athletes who tend to spend consecutive hours training or racing.
Drinking water is important, but too much water with too few electrolytes impairs performance and body function. This metabolic condition in which there is not enough sodium (salt) in the body fluids can be caused by over-hydrating and/or hydrating with only water, which can flush electrolytes from your body. Nuun is perfect for pre-event or during the day hydration as they contain sodium but without much of the un-needed carbohydrates many sports drinks have.
What Flavors Do You Like?
Here are my favorite flavors:
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Fruit Punch
- Watermelon - It's seasonal but it is ah-mazing!
Where Can I Get Nuun?
I was sent a box of samples as part of my partnership with BibRave for being a BibRavePro but I've been using Nuun since I started training with my running club in 2012. As always, all opinions, bad pictures, and typos are my own.