Quantity: 64 tablets (192 servings/12 gallons/48 liters)
U is a new, light tasting hydration drink from nuun. unique, mellow flavors with electrolytes + vitamins added. Perfect for yoga, light hikes and all day, every day use.
Lemon Chai - Soothing lemon and spicy chai undertones lend themselves to this unique pairing - perfect cold or sipped warm like a cup of tea before an early morning hike.
Goji Berry Green Tea - The rare asian goji berry and classic green tea leaves are two of nature's best sources of antioxidants. These luxe flavors combine in a delightful drink that is both restorative and cleansing - can you see yourself savoring this one in lotus position?
Tangerine Ginger - Bright, juicy tangerines and a hint of gingery zip come together to make this one of our popular flavors. Keep a tube at your desk to skip those trips to the soda machine and feel great during your evening workout.
Cucumber Mint - Cucumber and mint truly sparkle together here - drop a tab in your water bottle with a few cubes of ice and enjoy a refreshing, spa-like moment on even the most frantic of days.
Nuun branded products’ formulation is based on years of research and feedback from some of the world’s top academic and practicing experts in the field of sports medicine—specifically in dehydration and hyponatremia. Nuun's development is focused on the three most important aspects of proper hydration
Speed Of Absorption
One of the most important characteristics of what you drink while you're active is the speed at which your body can absorb it. The concentration of dissolved salts and sugars (osmolarity, for those more technically inclined) determines how fast the drink can cross from your digestive track into your bloodstream, where it can re-hydrate and replenish you. Nuun branded products produce a hypotonic solution, so your body absorbs Nuun faster than the leading “sports drinks” or even water alone. This gives your body the ability to restore optimal water and electrolyte balance quickly and efficiently.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that people who are active for more than one hour get 500–700mg of sodium for every liter of water they consume. This is up to three times the sodium amount that traditional “sports drinks” provide. Some experts in the field believe that sodium concentrations should be closer to the 700–1000mg range. In addition to other critical electrolytes, Nuun Active Hydration provides 700mg of sodium for every liter of drink to ensure that you are adequately replenishing your body to help you perform at your best and stay healthy. U Natural Hydration is an all-natural line of electrolyte and vitamin-enhanced drink tablets with half the sodium as Nuun Active Hydration. U Natural Hydration is sweetened with stevia and contains only 7 calories per tab. It is ideal for less intense activities, a perfect way to stay balanced and quenched.
Nuun branded products contain virtually no carbohydrates (less than 1g) for a couple of reasons. Ingesting drinks containing high levels of carbohydrates can slow the rate at which your stomach empties, delaying the absorbance of the water and electrolytes. Carbs also increase the osmolality of what you're drinking, delaying absorption beyond the stomach.
If you're participating in intense exercises lasting more than 60 to 90 minutes, you should consume carbohydrates to ensure energy levels for working muscles. But how you do that is up to you. Everyone manages energy consumption differently, whether it’s with sports bars, gel or other sources of calories and carbohydrates.
WHY IS HYDRATION IMPORTANT?
YOUR MIND AND BODY WILL WORK BETTER WHEN HYDRATED!
We all know hydration is important for athletic performance, but what about daily life, health and fitness? Whether you are running a marathon, or running a middle school soccer carpool, keeping your body hydrated is key for concentration and attention to detail. Hydration can boost your life performance!
WHY DOES DEHYDRATION HAPPEN?
DEHYDRATION HAPPENS FOR LOTS OF REASONS. MOST PEOPLE DON’T RECOGNIZE THAT AND ONLY DRINK WHEN THEY FEEL THIRSTY.
The most common causes of dehydration are simply not drinking enough regularly and not drinking enough during or after activity. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and are probably being affected in more ways than you realize. Training or participating in activities at altitude or in extreme weather conditions increases your fluid losses and therefore your fluid needs. Optimal hydration is key to health and high performance.
HOW NUUN HELPS?
ONE UP YOUR WATER WITH NUUN, AN ELECTROLYTE ENHANCED DRINK TABLET FORMULATED TO DISSOLVE IN WATER AND DESIGNED TO KEEP YOU OPTIMALLY HYDRATED WHEREVER YOU ARE.
Nuun’s special formulation of electrolytes helps increase the amount of water that’s absorbed into the blood stream. That means more of the water you drink is actually used to hydrate you instead of being eliminated because the electrolyte balance wasn’t right. Nuun is not energy. We designed Nuun just for hydration. It's what we do best!
WHY DOES EVERYONE TELL ME TO "CHECK YOUR PEE!" AND WHAT IF IT IS DARK-COLORED?
The first thing everyone says is, “Check the pee!” As a rule, a large amount of light colored, diluted urine probably means you are hydrated; dark colored, concentrated urine probably means you are dehydrated. While this test can be a very good general indicator, there is often more to the puzzle. Just because your urine is clear and you get rid of a lot of it doesn’t necessarily mean you are optimally hydrated. Clear urine is water that is NOT being absorbed by your body.
Nuun’s special formulation of electrolytes helps increase the amount of water that’s absorbed into the blood stream. And that means more of the water you drink is actually used to hydrate you instead of being eliminated because the electrolyte balance wasn’t right. Don’t get us wrong, good hydration doesn’t mean no more urine. If you drink a gallon of Nuun a lot of that is going to come right back out… however, your body is going to get plenty of good, balanced fluids first!
WHY DOES DEHYDRATION HAPPEN?
Dehydration happens for lots of reasons. You’re often dehydrated in the morning when you wake up simply from sleeping for hours (hopefully lots of them!) without fluids. The processes in your body are working hard while you sleep, and even just breathing results in water loss from your body. But the most common causes of dehydration are simply not drinking enough regularly and not drinking enough during or after activity to replace what’s been lost. Most of the time people don’t recognize the signs of dehydration and only drink when they feel thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and are probably being affected in more ways than you realize.
HOW DO I FIGURE OUT MY PERSONAL HYDRATION NEEDS?
No two people are the same, so figuring out your sweat rate is the most accurate way to figure out your personal hydration needs. And weighing yourself before and after exercise is the most effective way to gauge your fluid needs. Any weight loss corresponds with fluid loss, so try to drink enough to replenish that weight. (Weight gain could mean you are drinking more than you need.)
Studies have found that a loss of 2% or more of one's body weight due to sweating is linked to a drop in blood volume. When this occurs, the heart works harder to move blood through the bloodstream. This can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue and even heat exhaustion or heatstroke. For all the athletes out there, it can mean a major drop in performance, and for the rest of us, it makes for a really uncomfortable day.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT FLUID LOSS?
Although sweat rate is the most basic and accurate way to keep tabs on your hydration needs, there are other factors to consider. Training or participating in activities at altitude increases your fluid losses and therefore increases your fluid needs. Excessive heat increases fluid loss through sweating. During moderate exercise in a cool climate an average person can loose up to 1 cup or more per hour. The same individual can loose up to four times that amount per hour in a hot and humid climate. And cold weather exercise can impair your ability to recognize fluid depletion and increase the rate of fluid-loss through respiration. So no matter what kind of weather you’re in, optimal hydration is your key to health and high-performance.
HYPONATREMIA - WHAT IS IT?
We've all heard that drinking more water is good for your health, but an increasing number of hyponatremia cases shows us that drinking water isn't always enough—especially when it’s being consumed in large quantities over short periods of time.
Hyponatremia is the scientific term for low concentration of sodium in the blood, and it can occur from over-hydrating with plain water. Drinking excess amounts of water, especially during extended exercise or activity, can deplete essential electrolytes in the body, causing disorientation, illness and in rare cases death. For athletes, effects are generally seen during longer and hotter races when they’re sweating a lot and the levels of water intake are likely to be high.
HOW DOES HYPONATREMIA OCCUR?
When salt leaves the body through sweat and lots of plain water gets taken in, the bloodstream becomes diluted and sodium and potassium levels drop. But sodium is essential for optimal cell function. It helps with the electrical signals that occur in our bodies, and it helps regulate cellular osmotic pressure through osmosis. (Remember that school experiment with the bag-like thing and the salty water?) When hyponatremia occurs, cells throughout the body take on more water than normal and expand. Rings and watches will get tight, you’ll look all puffy and, the bad bit, your brain swells. Since your brain is in a rather inflexible skull, it gets a bit squished and that’s where the disorientation—and in worse case scenarios, fatalities—come from.
WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
We’ve received a lot of letters and emails from folks who have suffered from some degree of hyponatremia. Often the common link is that they were preparing for a tough event in a harsh environment, like a ride in a desert or a long run in a canyon. But you can get hyponatremia anywhere when you're sweating profusely and you’re consuming a large quantity of water without electrolytes. A good electrolyte drink will go a long way in helping to prevent hyponatremia. This has been well documented by medical journals. Nancy Auer, MD, VP of Medical Affairs at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, says, "Maybe we need to make sure there is more sodium in the beverages we're encouraging athletes to drink." It’s time to rethink the conventional wisdom behind the water stations at athletic events and make sure we're properly hydrating athletes to prevent hyponatremia.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID HYPONATREMIA?
Our advice? Be sensible. You need to be aware of the potential problems associated with drinking a lot of water while being active for extended lengths of time. It’s important to replenish your body’s electrolytes at the same time. Naturally we recommend using Nuun. With just one tab and 16 ounces of water, you get a sugar free sports drink with the optimal balance of electrolytes. But whatever you decide is best for you, Nuun encourages you to stay properly hydrated.