Do More Than Quench Your Thirst: What You Need To Know About Nuun Hydration
With Nuun hydration tablets now offered in several different varieties, the popular and refreshingly delicious electrolyte-enhanced tabs do more than just replenish essential vitamins and minerals lost during exercise. Here's my take on the fizzy goodness that I can't keep my hands off of in a Nuun hydration review that covers what you need to know about the fun Nuun tabs.
In typical Maddie-fashion, I'm going to start this article with a relatively dramatic statement: Nuun hydration is life-changing!
If we simply consider how much more liquid Nuun has helped me consume daily- without even touching on the added nutrition benefits- its really not that insane of me to say that Nuun has somewhat changed my life.
Hydration is one of the most important things for living healthy and being our best selves- and this does not just apply to athletes!
But let's face it, the taste of regular water gets a little boring and sometimes its hard to convince yourself to drink more. Did you know that there is more to hydration than drinking regular water? -as great as it is for you.
They're probably full of added sugars. Secondly, proper hydration has much more to it.
what nuun hydration does
Nuun hydration tablets are dissolving, fizzy electrolyte-packed tabs that you put directly into your water. Essentially, you can transform any old cup of water into a sparkling beverage that improves your hydration with clean-ingredients and fun flavors.
Not all Nuun flavors taste amazing, but they certainly break up the monotony of regular H20 and make consuming vitamins and electrolytes a breeze. And there's more than enough flavors that we all can find more than one to love.
I love Nuun for many reasons, including how the company make a commitment to Clean Hydration. I can feel comfortable dropping the flavorful, fizzy goodness into my water bottle.
The Nuun ingredients depend on which variety you're using: the most popular Nuun Sport, the more specific Nuun Immunity, or another offshoot from the company's extensive line. Each variety has its own purpose, so let's check them all out.
Nuun Sport is a hydrating mix of electrolytes, minerals, and caffeine (if you choose the Nuun Sport with caffeine) that is perfect for bringing along on workouts or for drinking before/after you get your sweat on. The tablet has sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, giving you a full dose of electrolytes.
Not all sport hydration tabs do this, but its important to have a balance of each vitamin.
The Nuun Sport tablets are formulated perfectly to provide the body with necessary amounts of vitamins and carbs to replenish after a sweaty workout.
To be honest, Nuun Immunity very well might be my favorite part of the Nuun line. The perfect little pick me up when you feel like you might be getting sick, I love popping the best Nuun Immunity flavor tab, Blueberry Tangerine, into my water during travel or on extra stressful weeks.
This little tab is boosted with both Zinc and Vitamin C to help your immune system. The brand also claims that this tab includes an "herbal blend" that supports your immune system. Elderberry, turmeric, and ginger all in this little tasty little tab?
I guess I can't guarantee that it fights off illness, but I'm pretty confident that Nuun Immunity does work at least a little. Many a time I've felt lousy, this immune boosting secret has swooped in and saved the day.
And check out the Nuun Immunity3 too- it combines vitamins, electrolytes and prebiotics.
The Nuun Rest tablet is a helpful blend of ingredients meant to soothe the body and mind. Grab yourself a little extra recovery and deep sleep by taking this fizzy tablet after a long day closer to bedtime. With magnesium, tart cherry, and electrolytes (sodium, potassium), this tablet supports all things relaxation.
Personally, I'm really hoping that Nuun Hydration adds more flavors to this line specifically. I'm just not a fan of the Blackberry Vanilla or the Lemon Chamomile, as delicious as these names sound. I haven't found a pre-bed drink supplement flavor that I like in any brand, though.
Some people that I've recommended Nuun Rest to have told me that taking it before bed can give them a really quality, deep sleep that night. Can't wait to drink it myself, if or when more flavors are added.
Vitamins are essential for day to day health, so Nuun took into account the vitamins we are most likely to be under-consuming in a day and packed them all into the Nuun Vitamins tablets.
A single tablet has vitamins A, C, D, and E at varying quantities. Hydrating is important, and with this variety you get so much more out of your cup! I think of the Nuun Vitamins tablets as just another version of a multi-vite. This is not an endorsement to throw the Flintstone gummies out the window and chug a Nuun.
But the concept is the same and my best comparison nonetheless.
One of Nunn's more recent products, Nuun Energy hydrates while giving you 80mg of caffeine. This makes it a great alternative to drinking coffee before a run or a workout. If that's something that doesn't agree with your stomach, this might be for you.
Other details of Nuun Energy are vitamins b6, b12 and 2g of sugar. It comes in new Nuun flavors Berry Blast, Ginger Lime Zing, Tropical Punch, and Watermelon Burst. Yum!
How I Use Nuun in My Athletic Routine
Nuun doesn't stop at the four main varieties anymore. The well-liked hydration brand has thousands of loyal consumers, most of them really dedicated to a fitness lifestyle.
So how do I use Nuun hydration in my athletic routine as a runner?
To match up with other fitness hydration brands out there, Nuun now carries a three step line with an even greater focus on hydrating during athletic performance. It's called the Podium Series, and it comes with all three steps in a bundle. This is a perfect combination for anyone who wants to easily put together a hydration routine for their athletics.
You can also get them separately as needed, so let's check out the purpose that each of them serve.
Nuun Prime leads off the Podium Series as Nunn Hydration's pre-workout mix. Its meant to super hydrate you and defend your muscles from fatigue.
It has 2g of protein, a BCAA blend, and electrolytes. I typically just opt for a regular Nuun sport when I head off to practice in the mornings. I like to have the caffeine option that comes with Nuun sport, since I can't really stomach coffee before morning workouts.
Both Nuun Sport and Nuun Prime are to be mixed with 16oz of water, which you should have when you start the day anyways. Consume Nuun Prime about 60 minutes before exercise.
Nuun Endurance is the second step in the Podium Series, meant to be consumed throughout the duration of your workout. For exercise 90 minutes long or more, Endurance can keep you hydrated and full of energy because it has both electrolytes and carbohydrates.
Nuun claims it blends the perfect ratio of these workout essentials to help you power through your workout. I haven't used this powder enough to comment on how it makes me feel. But I will be sure to let everyone know the second I have a better opinion on it.
I'm always sharing these updates on Instagram as I show my daily running routine.
And last but not least is Nuun Recovery, which of course is the last part of the Podium series and to be mixed into water after you finish your workout.
The reason I love the Recover powder is because it has the benefits of 30g of protein with its BCAA blend! That's amazing and it doesn't fill you up in the same way that a protein shake would. I can quickly pour the powder into 16oz of water and start rehydrating immediately after finishing.
With electrolytes, carbs, and protein powder, your finishing your workout the right way: replenishing nutrients so you can get the most out of the work you just put in.
nuun easily fits into any lifestyle for better hydration
My second favorite way to add Nuun to my routine is with the Immunity product line. I especially love having this variety when I travel. I mean, dirty airports, funky sleep patterns, you know how stress-inducing travel can be. When you add an athletic competition into the mix, hydration and immune care are even more important.
Nuun Immunity tastes good, which is hard to say about all immunity products. I'll always recommend it!
This is all to say that there's a way for Nuun Hydration to fit into so different lifestyle and routines. With all of the options and purposes, you can drink Nuun Hydration every day and take advantage of the different benefits of each variety.
I haven't tested it out yet, but Nuun even has an Energy line now so you can improve your hydration while also getting a sustained energy boost. This boost comes from 80mg of caffeine, B6 and B12, and green tea which has energizing effects. The Nuun Sport has just 40mg of caffeine for comparison.
I encourage you to view all of their products and learn how you can optimize your hydration for workouts, recovery, and everyday wellness.