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NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

This summer, I had noticed that whenever I summited a big peak, backpacked for miles on end, or did a trail run at a high altitude, I noticed that I would start to feel light headed and weak. That is NOT something you want happening at 10,000 + feet! I would drink plenty of water, eat snacks, yet I still didn’t feel 100%. I knew I needed something else, but wasn’t sure what it could be.

My hiking friends suggested I look into drinking electrolytes. I knew about them, but had always thought they were for hard-core athletes – people running 50+ miles a day, climbing the tallest mountains, biking more than 100 miles, etc. I didn’t think that being just a hiker would make that much of a difference. But I thought, what the heck, might as well try them and see if it helped with my lightheaded-ness. Learning that a mere 2% loss is body weight through sweat while exercising has been known to decrease exercise performance, I knew I had to find a solution.

While on the search for the best electrolytes in the outdoor industry, I came across a brand called NUUN. Pronounced like “noon”, trying these electrolytes stood out to me for a few reasons.

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

NUUN was the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. I didn’t even know doing this was a thing! In the old days, if you wanted electrolytes, the result was a bottle full of sugar (think Gatorade or orange juice). However, with NUUNs simple, self-dissolving, sugar-free electrolyte tabs they revolutionized the famous “sports drink.” The electrolytes found in NUUN tablets help alleviate cramps, help muscles function better, as well as communicate and burn energy efficiently. By helping to keep you hydrated, NUUN products can help you achieve your outdoor goals – and it doesn’t have to be for the hard-core athlete.

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

Using the NUUN tablets are pretty easy – all you have to do is drop one tablet into a 16oz water bottle and watch it fizz away. Within 1-2 minutes, your hydration drink is ready for any activity. No more messing with powders!

 Each portable tube contains 10 tablets; only 8 calories per tablet. All NUUN products are gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, & nut free. NUUN is safe for children, pregnant women, and diabetics, but it’s best to consult with your doctor before consuming.

I was able to test out four varieties of NUUN products – two Active, and two Energy flavors/tablets. Below are the reviews per flavor.

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

Hike #1 Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo Peak
Flavor: NUUN Active Tri Berry
Review
Flavor
The Tri Berry flavor wasn’t very sweet, and it tasted a little more carbonated than the other flavors. It was a very light taste – sometimes this is nice when you are hiking or running and can’t stomach drinking something overly sweet.

Support/Active Ingredients
This light flavor combined with the ingredients below offer a portable active hydration drink with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramping, aid in muscle function, and burn energy efficiently.

Sodium (bicarbonate + carbonate)
Potassium (bicarbonate)
Magnesium (sulfate)
Calcium (carbonate)
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

Hike #2 American Fork Twin Peaks

 

 Flavor: NUUN Energy Wild Berry

Review

Flavor

This was my second favorite flavor out of the 4 variations I tried. I love anything berry flavored, and this mix not only provided for the flavor I enjoy most, but it also provided me with the energy to keep pushing towards the peak.


Support/Ingredients

NUUN Energy contains caffeine from green tea extract, b-vitamins, and NUUN’s signature blend of electrolytes. It’s designed to give you a lift and provide for extra hydration, that helps keeps crams and muscle fatigue at bay. Since it contains caffeine, it may not be suitable for kids.

 

Sodium (bicarbonate + carbonate)
Potassium (bicarbonate)
Magnesium (sulfate)
Calcium (carbonate)
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)
Vitamins B12 & B6
Niacin
Caffeine from green tea extract

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

Hike #3 Backpacking Rock Creek Basin in the Uintas

 

 Flavor: NUUN Energy Cherry Limeade

Review

Flavor

This was my favorite flavor out of the 4 variations I tried. Just the right amount of sweetness, and  there’s just something about a cherry-limeade drink that reminds me of summer.



Support/Ingredients

NUUN Energy contains caffeine from green tea extract, b-vitamins, and NUUN’s signature blend of electrolytes. It’s designed to give you a lift and provide for extra hydration, that helps keeps crams and muscle fatigue at bay. Since it contains caffeine, it may not be suitable for kids.


Sodium (bicarbonate + carbonate)

Potassium (bicarbonate)

Magnesium (sulfate)

Calcium (carbonate)

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)

Vitamins B12 & B6

Niacin

Caffeine from green tea extract

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

Hike #4 Backpacking in the Wind River Range


Flavor: NUUN Active Tropical


Review
Flavor
The Tropical flavor had the perfect amount of light sweetness mixed with light carbonation. I drank this over the course of my 5 day backpacking adventure, and felt it really helped keep me hydrated in high altitude terrain.

Support/Active Ingredients
This light flavor combined with the ingredients below offer a portable active hydration drink with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramping, aid in muscle function, and burn energy efficiently.

Sodium (bicarbonate + carbonate)
Potassium (bicarbonate)
Magnesium (sulfate)
Calcium (carbonate)
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)



NUUN Hydration Electrolytes


To see all of Nuun’s products, visit their website

You can also order products via Amazon. To get the most up to date information on products and flavors, be sure to follow Nuun on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

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