Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this review – I found a product and fell in love and I’m sharing my experience with you candidly, and Nuun was nice enough to let me include a giveaway with this post. They provided me with a sample of each of their products in the flavor of my choice so I could provide a thorough review for you.
My daily workouts tend to span 60-120 minutes so hydration and recovery is very important to me. I’ve been exploring hydration products lately and Nuun is by far one of my favorites, during my workout and throughout the rest of the day.
Electrolytes are minerals that, when dissolved in water, break into small, electrically charged particles called ions. Present wherever there’s water in your body (think blood, cells and cell surroundings), electrolytes regulate your body’s fluids, helping to maintain a healthy blood pH balance, and creating the electrical impulses essential to all aspects of physical activity — from basic cell function to complex neuromuscular interactions needed for athletic performance. (Thanks for the excellent description, Active.com)
I found a great analogy from Hammer Nutrition that compared them to motor oil in your car, too: “They don’t make the engine run, but they’re absolutely necessary to keep everything running smoothly. Proper functioning of the digestive, nervous, cardiac, and muscular systems depends on adequate electrolyte levels.”
The key electrolytes your body needs are sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphate.
When you’re training hard, you need to replenish calories, fluids and electrolytes in your system.
Nuun Active Hydration
The Nuun Active Hydration formula is formulated specifically for higher intensity activities and/or higher electrolyte replenishment needs. It provide your body with the electrolytes that it needs – 360 mg sodium, 50 mg potassium, 25 mg magnesium and 13 mg calcium. Each tab also contains less that 1g of carbs, fewer than 8 calories, no sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.
Each tube contains 12 tablets to mix with 16 ounces of water.
Each 4 pack of tubes is available for $24.00 ($0.50/serving), or $22.00 ($0.46/serving) per 4 pack if you purchase 2 or more packs. You also receive free shipping on all orders over $50.00.
I tried the Strawberry Lemonade flavor and enjoyed it. It’s a nice, refreshing taste to have with me on the go throughout the day. Other flavors available: Lemonade, Lemon+Lime, Tri-Berry, Grape, Orange, Fruit Punch, Kona Cola, Citrus Fruit, Tropical. They also have a box of 100 Single Serve Tablets in mixed flavors for $49.00, an Original Mixed 4 Pack for $24.00 with one tube of Lemon Lime, Tri-Berry, Citrus Fruit and Orange, and a New Flavor Mixed 4 Pack for $24.00 with one tube of Grape, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade and Tropical.
The Nuun Energy formula was launched in March 2014 and has added B vitamins and 40mg of caffeine for a more sustained energy drink without all the sugar. It uses their essential electrolyte mix and elevates it with a sugar-free caffeine boost and energizing B Vitamins.
I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine, I have to drink decaf coffee when I have it or I’m shaking and jittery all day, so I’m always very leery about trying products with caffeine. However, this product gave me nice, natural energy during my workout without any of those issues, and this is actually one of my favorite Nuun products.
Why should you use this product? According to Nuun, it provides:
- Hydration. The electrolytes you need to make the most of your water.
- Fuel. B Vitamins to turn carbohydrates into accessible fuel.
- Lift. Caffeine levels energize your mind and body without the crash.
- Taste. The same light and refreshing flavor profiles that made Nuun the leader in speciality sport hydration.
Each tube contains 10 tablets to mix with 16 ounces of water.
Each 4 pack of tubes is available for $24.00 ($0.60/serving), or $22.00 ($0.55/serving) per 4 pack if you purchase 2 or more packs. You also receive free shipping on all orders over $50.00.
I tried the Cherry Limeade flavor and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to try all of the other flavors available: Wild Berry and Lemon Lime. They also have an Energy Sampler Pack for $20.00 that includes one tube of each Nuun Energy flavor and a Nuun waterbottle.
Nuun All-Day Hydration
The Nuun All-Day Hydration formula helps you drink more water every day with refreshing flavors and is enhanced with an all-natural blend of vitamins and minerals so you get an easy way to get vitamins throughout the day. Instead of reaching for a sugary and caffeinated drink, hydrate with delicious flavor, no sugar, under 8 calories per tablet, and a blend of Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E to keep you moving all day long.
Each tube contains 15 tablets to mix with 16 ounces of water.
Each 4 pack of tubes is available for $29.95 ($0.50/serving). You also receive free shipping on all orders over $50.00.
I tried the Blueberry Pomegranate, which I enjoyed as much as the other flavors I sampled. Other flavors available: Grapefruit Orange, Tangerine Lime, and Grape Raspberry. They also have a Mixed 4 Pack for $29.95 with one tube of each flavor, and an All Day Single Serve Tablets box of 100 in mixed flavors for $49.00.
Nuun U Hydration
The Nuun U Hydration formula is sweetened with stevia and contains a lower electrolyte profile to Nuun Active Hydration. It is perfect for yoga, pilates, gym sessions, etc. Each tablet contains Vitamins A, C and a variety of B, as well as other essential elements to boost immunity and support healthy activity.
I know some people find that stevia has a weird taste and sometimes leaves them with a headache – I experience neither of these issues while trying this product.
Each tube contains 16 tablets to mix with 16 ounces of water.
Each 3 pack of tubes is available for $23.85 ($0.50/serving). You also receive free shipping on all orders over $50.00.
I tried Goji Berry Green Tea, which was lovely. Other flavors available: Tangerine Ginger, Cucumber Mint, and Lemon Chai. The latter two flavors were not available on the company’s website at the time of this publication.
I also love Nuun’s “Good for the Earth” note: “One tube prevents the manufacture of up to twelve 16 ounce plastic bottle from sugar-ADE sport drinks.” I’m very conscious of how I affect the earth and seeing a company that cares really gives me another reason to support them.