Posts in categories Hydration | Back to Recent Posts
Imagine training with your favorite sport nutrition and hydration brands for months and with great success. Then imagine achieving your personal best on race day using those same sport nutrition products only to find out you unintentionally consumed a banned substance. I know you are thinking that this would never happen to me. But don’t be so sure. This past week I was surprised after reading three athletes had been given suspensions for consuming a banned substance, one of them being on the 2016 nuun elite team.
Do I believe our athlete knowingly ingested a prohibited substance? The answer is simply no, I don’t believe that based on the information I have read. But this situation highlights a big issue at hand for athletes and the industry at large. There are so many options for athletes when it comes to sport nutrition. Many of them are solid, quality products. But how can any athlete trust that their nutrition is, in fact, “clean?”
We are now fully exposed to the winter season, and with that means changes in environmental conditions that require the body to be on top of its natural defense system. What is troubling for scientist and nutritionist alike, is that athletes convince themselves that they do not need to consume as much as fluid (during exercise) as they would when temps are a bit warmer. That couldn’t be less true. In fact, winter hydration is just as important as hydration in any other season.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, we’re settling into those New Year vibes, rooted in the lessons learned in 2016 and giddy to see to what 2017 has in store. It’s in the quiet calm of January that we’re able to find comfort in the old but connect with the new, to start small but dream big, to refuel, refresh + re-energize, ready to make the next year nothing short of epic.
Oh, epic you say? Like it’s easy? Well it kinda is .. First, let’s put some pen to paper and try to find that thing that screens + Snapchat filters annihilated .. IMAGINATION! Dream big kids .. imagine what you want this year to hold - whether it be a new PR, your first ultra, your first puppy, or even a brand new boyfriend thats going to be all like “hey, did you lose weight? let me make you breakfast, you look ravishing today.” Whatever it is, write it down; a handwritten vision is like asking the Universe for express delivery.
Over the past two years we’ve been working very hard on creating a product that would aid in hydration, as well as health and wellness for those times we’re not exercising. Why? Because how you recover and strengthen your immune system will help determine the effectiveness of subsequent workouts. And we know hydration, as well as some key vitamins, will aid in boosting your immune system and ensuring your muscles and bones stay healthy.
So what is nuun vitamins?
winter is coming, but that doesn't mean training stops! if you're headed into off-season training, don't lose your hydration habits. being just 2% dehydrated can lead to a decrease in athletic performance. and yes, it may seem like you don't sweat as much in the winter, but don't let that mislead you.
when you're cold, your body attempts to preserve heat by lowering your sweat rate. but cold temperatures also mean laying up. the additional layers raise your skin temperature and can actually lead to a higher sweat rate. to balance the cold weather and your body temperature, shed layers after your warm-up but keep your extremities (feet, ears, hands) covered and warm.
then, focus on hydration.
By Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist
One of the most widely consumed beverages in the world is coffee. And if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily drink it for the caffeine. You drink it for the preparation, to appreciate the quality of the beans, and to brew a perfect cup of coffee.
Admittedly, not everyone is like me. Most people drink coffee for the caffeine, which has a tremendous impact on the normal physiological functions of a human being. It works as a stimulant, releasing certain hormones that give you a burst of energy.
At nuun, we love caffeine, not only because it’s a critical component of our city’s favorite beverage (coffee), but for the performance benefits of consuming caffeine before, during, or after your next adventure.
Katie from The Juice is back with a new, vitamin-packed recipe to help you get through cold and flu season with your immune system at full power!
As the temps go down and the mileage goes up, staying happy + healthy are key pieces to our weekly training plan. Because no one has time to be bedridden with the bug your kid picked up in school or even sidelined with the seasonal sniffles, we’ve bumped up a vitamin-packed berry blend with all the benefits of basil. Loaded with antibacterial properties to fend off the flu, basil also acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent AND as a powerful adaptogen- meaning it not only helps the body respond to stress but also fight disease. By reducing inflammation, pain AND stress, it’s our secret weapon to staying worry-free + well for a winter that's filled with wins, not woes.
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?
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.
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