Hydration. Its something that moves to the forefront when the weather starts heating up. With August officially here the heat in the humidity will be around for the next few weeks. I thought I'd write a little review/informational blog post about one of my favorite things to drink. Nuun. Its spelt funny but dehydration is no laughing matter. Lets take a look at why using an electrolyte replacement drink is super important and why water just may not be enough.
why are electrolytes important?
"Electrolytes are essential to fluid and nutrient absorption and play a key role in hydration, running performance, and health. Your body loses these particles along with fluid through your sweat, making it incredibly important to replenish before, during, and after exercise. Without electrolytes, the water you drink can't be properly absorbed and will make its way through your system quickly and without benefit to your body.
The four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance are: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. sodium and potassium are needed at greater quantity, due to their important roles in fluid retention and preventing muscle cramping. magnesium and calcium complete the electrolyte profile by aiding in muscle contractions and movement."
I'm a huge fan of nuun because of how convienient their pacakaging is. Its super easy to drop a tab into a 16 oz bottle of water or break it in half for an 8 oz glass. The tab form is so much better than having powder as you can bring the tabs along on a race if you're out for a marathon or half simply grab a cup from the water stop drop in a half or quarter tab and a few seconds later you've got some delicious nuun! The tube is super easy to pack and bring along if you're traveling.
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PUT SOME NUUN IN THAT BOTTLE!
Nuun has industry leading burn time...the first time I hear the nuun rep say that I nearly laughed out loud. Its something that they pay attention to though over there. The goal is to get those electrolytes into you as quickly as possible, its no joke either. We've tested out a few different brands and their right Nuun does have industry leading burn time!
The one thing we love about Nuun is the fact that there is zero sugar in there. Sometimes gatorade can feel like you're drinking a bottle of soda and I'm sure your dentist agrees. Its nice to have something that gives you what you need in terms of electrolyte replacement without the heavy syrupy flavor of a gatorade. They come in a variety of flavors, my favorite being strawberry lemonade and lemon lime.
Hydration and nutrition products can be very personal as some folks may find one product works better for them than others. For myself nuun is my go to electrolyte replacement drink, I'll chuck two of those tabs into my 32 oz hydroflask and be set for the day. There is a reason its all I bring up to the track workouts for you and for our BRGers on Monday and Thursday. I love it. As with any nutrition or hydration product give it a shot, test it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.
See you on the Rhode!
Eric aka E-Money aka Eric "electrolit" Lonergan