So I shared with you how I’ve been contacting some of my fave companies to see about receiving products to review on my blog – or even just the chance to do a review to get my blog “out there”. Since I fell in love with Nuun this year, they were obviously one of the first companies I contacted and I feel lucky that they actually got back to me!! And pretty quick too! Let’s just say November 27th was a happy day when I checked my emails that day. I was given a 20% coupon to order some Nuun too! YES! I’ll be ordering this tonight. My favorite flavors all wrapped up in a little box. Who says only shiny, expensive items that come in little boxes are the only “little boxes” that can make a girl all excited and giddy? So here is my honest opinion and review on Nuun products.
I first heard of Nuun through other running blogs – Run, Eat, Repeat being the main one. I went directly to Nuun’s website and checked the ingredients since I’m an ingredient fanatic. (Knowing what I knew about the ingredients in Gatorade, I had banned Gatorade from my life, so clearly I needed an electrolyte drink for working out. And P.S. going to Gatorade’s website to see their list of ingredients, isn’t enough because it is incorrect. Let’s just say I don’t think you want to drink brominated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup when working out – or ever for that matter!) When I researched Nuun products and checked their ingredient list, I was impressed and went on “the hunt”. Dicks Sporting Goods and Giant Eagle sells Nuun products by the way – at least in the Columbus, OH region…Yay yay yay! And if you can’t find it in your area, ordering them online is the same price as buying them in a store. You just have to buy them by a 4 pack instead of individually. But trust me, you’ll want 4 packs of them! And they have 2 “variety pack” options for $24, so your set right there!
These are the 2 variety pack options you can order:
These are the ones I tried first and they have continued to be a staple in our household – and now my sister’s household, and my mom drinks them too.
(They also have a cola flavored one that I really wanna try, but I haven’t ever seen it in a store and I don’t really want to buy a 4 pack until I know if I like it! )
They also have these “all day” tabs that don’t have the electrolytes. They just flavor your water – which is great if you hate plain ‘ole H20. (But you should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, so ADD THESE TABS and drink up!)
They also have these natural hydration tabs, but I have never seen them in a store, so I have never tried them. 😦
Now. Why do I love these so much? Well, if you missed my post about my “passing out” issue, I have a problem with passing out a lot. Long story short, after testing, it’s just due to stress and/or pain. My blood pressure drops and I pass out. Now when I workout or run, I have a problem with my blood pressure dropping if I push myself too hard or workout too intense or too long and then I…you guessed it…pass out. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to lay down in the middle of a class to keep from passing out. If I drink water when I workout, I’m not sure exactly what it does, but I end up getting light-headed and feeling dizzy – aka the pre-passing out stage. So I NEED an electrolyte drink when I workout, but since I had given up Gatorade, I was left with, well, nothing.
Fast forward to Nuun coming into my life. I started drinking Nuun during spinning and the first time I tried it, I never got light-headed and it kept me going strong. So I started drinking it during all my workouts and then during my long runs and/or after any run. Now I think I would be lost without it. I’m happy with the ingredient list and I’m happy that it keeps me going during intense workouts and doesn’t give me cramps – like water did.
So ya, if your looking for a healthier electrolyte drink – which you should be if your stuck on the Gatorade train 😦 – then go on a hunt for some Nuun! You’ll thank me.
The only cons to Nuun that I can come up with at this time? That ALL the flavors aren’t sold at Dicks or Giant Eagle.
*I was not paid for this review and all opinions are honest and are my own.