Run Oregon Test Kitchen: nuun Hydration

The first time I heard about nuun, I was training for a marathon and thought it was a very convenient product for a long run. It was so simple.. it meant I could get the eletrolytes I needed to fuel my long runs by simply putting a tablet in my own water… And when I tasted it, I was relieved that it didn’t have the strong, sugary taste so many other electrolyte drinks have, as those tend to make my stomach churn. Nuun became my electrolyte of choice for awhile, but after my marathon, I fell off the electrolyte wagon. I became, quite honestly, a bit lazier about my water intake for the shorter distances.

Fast forward a few years, and I found myself training for another marathon. I revisted nuun, and found it has further evolved, as many great products do. There are now a few different products to choose from, depending on what your lifestyle calls for. There’s nuun electrolytes, nuun performance, and nuun vitamins. I tried the vitamins.

What appealed to me about the nuun vitamins was that you didn’t have to take the product specifically while running. If you are drinking water in your daily life anyway, why not drop a tablet into 16 oz of water and make everything taste a little less like, well…water? The nuun vitamins can be taken any time and hydrate your body better than water alone. There are six awesome flavors to choose from:

  • Blueberry Pomegranate,
  • Tangerine Lime,
  • Grapefruit Orange,
  • Strawberry Melon,
  • Ginger Lemonade,
  • Blackberry Citrus.

The Ginger Lemonade and Blackberry Citrus flavors also contain 40 mg caffeine for extra energy. And let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little extra kick in their day?

Another great selling point for nuun is that it’s not bad for you like some of the other electrolyte products out there are. Nuun is made up of clean, plant based ingredients and it’s gluten-free, vegan, soy/dairy free, and low in sugar and calories. There are 11 vitamins and minerals in it and lots of great healthy stuff that you’ll see below in the specs.

Because the flavor of nuun is not overwhelming like many other products, it’s really easy to use it in everyday use as well as when you go on a run. The taste is refreshing and it doesn’t leave a strong after-flavor or smell in my water bottle when it’s gone. Does it help my performance on a long run? Well, that’s hard to tell, and my opinion is, of course, subjective. But I do believe it’s much better than many alternatives out there that are just loaded up with sugar. I certainly feel better when I use this over many of the other choices out there. And I’ve back on the electrolyte wagon again.

Company: nuun (Find them on Facebook)

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More about nuun:

nuun, pronounced “noon,” was the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. before nuun, if you wanted electrolytes, the result was a bottle full of sugar. with our simple, self-dissolving, low sugar electrolyte tab, we revolutionized the sports drink forever.

12 years later, nuun active hydration is the #1 selling sports drink tab in the cycling, running and outdoor specialty marketplaces. as education about hydration and wellness grows, nuun has become more accessible to a wider range of people. in response, nuun has expanded its product line from sports hydration to include other clean-ingredient products formulated for everyday hydration (nuun vitamins) and endurance hydration (nuun performance).

Be it a bike ride, a long day at the office, or a day at home juggling kids, nuun has a tablet and flavor customized to help you stay healthy and hydrated.

nuun and company is based in seattle, wa. nuun is sold in over 5000 outlets in the u.s. and available in over 30 countries.

Thank you to nuun for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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