It is no secret that our society has an issue with over-consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, and just an overall consumption of added sugars. The FDA has put forth some new rules to help consumers identify which products contain added sugars. These are sugars that are present in products but are not naturally occurring (for example: fruit has a high amount of natural sugar in the form of fructose; therefore, will not be categorized as added sugars). The new rules include a line in the Nutritional/Supplemental Facts Panel that highlights added sugars making it easier for the consumer to identify which products have high amounts of sugars.
Most of the commercial ready-to-drink sports drink options out there are littered with added sugars, and your body simply doesn't need at that level or concentration. This has led to the low-carb sport drink movements, or what I like to refer to as new age hydration. Because what science has proven over the course of many years, is that sugar does play a role in fluid and nutrient absorption during exercise. Through the years, the amount of fluid to carb to electrolytes has been refined to help maximize the role of those sport drink on your body during exercise. Even the exact ratio of certain types of carbohydrates to fluids have been studied to show what works best for the athlete.
What roles do sugars play in sport drinks?
Meet Dave, Lynn, and Paige. Here at Hydration HQ, we encourage each and every nuunie to rethink their driving habits and find alternative forms of transportation. Many of us have run to work at least once, but these three are our most dedicated run-commuters.
We know the first run commute can be a little intimidating, so we asked them to share a few tips to make your first time easier. Follow their tips for a hassle-free commute!
Vagharelo bhaat (or Indian fried rice) with mint yogurt is one of my favorite dishes from my childhood. Growing up, I ate this dish almost on a weekly basis (I use to call it lemon rice). Later, as my knowledge of food increased, I realized the nutritional punch this dish offers. You may need to make a special trip for a couple of the ingredients, but it's packed with good carbs and lots of vegetables, plus you get an anti-inflammatory boost from the turmeric!Read More
As our virtual roadtrip comes to a close, we head to Vancouver, BC. Seattle's sister-city to the north, we've always felt right at home in Vancouver and we think it's the perfect spot to end our roadtrip. Taking the wheel is nuun elite triathlete Trav Mckenzie. An Aussie transplant, Trav now calls the wet coast home. We'll let him take it from here!
As an athlete, Vancouver is one of the best cities I’ve lived in. With the right wet weather gear (and attitude), you can train here, year round. The ease of access to world class terrain and facilities, it really is an undiscovered Endurance Sports mecca. For visitors, there is also so much to explore, once you’re done working out.
Fall marathon racing season has officially kicked off with the Berlin Marathon, and what a race it was! One thing I noticed towards the end of the race was at the last drink station, the leader of the race (Wilson Kipsang) did not grab his bottle. And the runner in second place (Kenenisa Bekele), only a few meters behind him did in fact grab his bottle, took a few sips a zoomed past Wilson for the win. While nearly breaking the world record.
This blog is not intended to break down the Berlin Marathon, but as a sport nutritionist, I can’t help but notice that key tactic employed by Kenenisa, and be proud of it, too! I don’t know what was in his bottle, but an athlete of his caliber most likely is drinking something with a blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes, and the nutrients in that bottle may have given him enough of a nutritional boost to zoom finish the race strong.
Follow these tips before & during your next marathon to race at your best.
The IRONMAN World Championship coming up this weekend is the most iconic event in triathlon. Entry to the big event in the original home of the IRONMAN distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) is by qualification only, bringing some of the best professional and amateur athletes in the world to this race.
Racing on the big island is an experience unlike any other. The heat, the humidity, and the wind create a daunting course for an already challenging event, and the buzz of energy emitting from all of the other athletes is absolutely contagious. To be part of the exclusive club to cross the finish line on Ali'i drive is a lifetime achievement that many of these athletes work toward for years and will never forget.
here at hydration hq, we’re excited to cheer on five of our ambassadors in Kona.
We’re throwing it back to an oldie but a goodie: The Nuunarita. A classic way to deliver a little rehydration/dehydration, and simple to make. I was in the mood for Strawberry Lemonade Nuun for this margarita, but feel free to mix it up and use your favorite flavor! I recommend Watermelon, Fresh Lime, or Blueberry Pomegranate Nuun!Read More
guest blog by Tyler Andrews
nuun ELITE athlete
On August 2nd, I perched on a small boulder some twelve-thousand feet up in the Andes and dipped my barefoot feet into a frigid glacial stream. Paul and Scott - two of my college interns helping me lead my group of high-schoolers through the mountains - joined in for the makeshift ice-bath. Unlike the previous seven weeks, our legs weren’t sore from daily running. No, in stark contrast to the previous seven weeks, we hadn’t run at all that day. We were now encircled by snow-capped mountains, en route to Machu Picchu.
Last year, we told you about one of the toughest marathons in the world: The Great Wall Marathon. With steep steps and rapid elevation changes, this is a grueling 26.2. Truly the race of a lifetime. Team Nuun athlete Carla is one of few that has run The Great Wall Marathon and what follows is her account of "the hardest marathon in the world."
What was Facebook trying to tell me? - Suggested post - “Ready for your next challenge? The Great Wall of China: The hardest marathon in the world." Why was this post constantly taunting me? I couldn't login without the "Sign Up Now" button calling...Read More
Hi nuuniverse! I’m Jessie: a Nuun athlete, a clean sport advocate, and a professional cross country skier. In other words, I sweat, wear spandex and ski uphill for a living! My year looks something like this: starting May 1st, I begin training.
Originally from Minnesota, I now train with my club team out of Stratton, Vermont, and that’s where I live when I’m not at US Ski Team camps in Oregon, Alaska, New Zealand and Utah. I usually train twice a day, 6 days a week, and although I love it…it’s brutally hard. We train with a mix of roller skiing, running, weight lifting and other cross...Read More