Winter Hydration for Health

By Vishal Patel

We can’t stress enough how important it is to pay attention to your hydration status.  Not just in the winter months, but throughout the year! Taking in the right amount of fluids is not just important for athletes, but for everyone who wants to feel healthy and at their best.

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How much should I drink to stay healthy?

We wrote a blog post a couple months back addressing fluid intake among children. The study highlighted in the blog pointed out that children have an alarmingly low intake of fluids, but the same can be said in regards to adults! The Institute of Medicine (IOM) states that healthy males should intake about 115 ounces of water per day, and healthy women should aim for about 104 ounces of water per day (2). These recommendations don’t change just because it’s colder outside, and in fact cold weather can dehydrate you more quickly than more mild temperatures.

We recommend that you track your fluid intake at least a few days per week to monitor how close you’re getting to the average goal.

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Why is hydration so important even when I’m not active?

Drinking enough water or healthy beverages can contribute greatly to your overall health. Water can help speed up absorption of many nutrients. It can also help boost your immune system, which is crucial during the winter months. It can prevent any decreases in energy, and there is strong evidence indicating water can help decrease the risk of many chronic diseases (1).

Water can be boring, so one up your water with Nuun!

It can be difficult to find a drink that is truly healthy, and that provides essential nutrients without the sugars. And we know as well as you do, water can get boring.

Nuun has 3 different products to help you stay hydrated day in and day out, whether it’s a long day on the bike or in the office.

Nuun Active Hydration, our flagship product, is best for pre, during, and post-sports and intense activity. But when your electrolytes are topped off – or for health reasons – sometimes you want fewer electrolytes and more essential vitamins and minerals.

So what’s the best healthy hydration choice for a long day of travel, meetings, or between training sessions when you want fluids but don’t need electrolytes?

Nuun IS Hydration – Nuun All Day

How does All Day differ from out Active Hydration Line?

  • Nuun All Day contains 18 all-natural vitamins and minerals
  • With a minimal emphasis on electrolytes, All Day contains an optimal blend of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E as well as, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc.
  • Sweetened with all-natural Stevia, All Day yields a mere 7 calories per serving!

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Nuun’s Healthy Hydration Tips:

  • Keep a water bottle in your car, at your desk, etc – Easy reminder to drink up!
  • Aim for 12-16 oz of water during meals
  • Try NUUN All Day Grapefruit Orange instead of OJ in the mornings!
  • Drink 10-12 oz of water first thing in the morning – body gets slightly dehydrated during sleep
  • Be sure to re-hydrate with NUUN after long days of travel!
  • Monitor urine color – Best indicator on whether or not you are drinking enough, or too much; color should be pale, not clear or overly yellow
  • Don’t force the habit, let an increase in fluid consumption come naturally
Additional Resources:
1. Popkin B, D’Anci K, Rosenberg I. Water, hydration and health. Nutr Review 2010. August; 68(8) 439-458.
2. Institute of Medcine, DRI’s for Water: http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRIs/DRI_Electrolytes_Water.pdf

Nuun Team Spotlight – QT2 Systems

Our athletes, ambassadors, and teams are a large part of what makes being in sports hydration  so exciting and fulfilling for the Nuun family. Without being properly hydrated these groups couldn’t achieve their best results, and we’re humbled and proud that they choose to use Nuun as their hydration product of choice!

TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Team Name: QT2 Systems

Team Description: QT2 Systems is one of the world’s most successful and recognized triathlon racing teams with its Elite, Age Group Elite, and Advanced group athletes.  Due to the consistent and top performances of its age group and professional athletes, and strong industry partnerships the QT2 team is expected to be 180 strong in 2014. The QT2 Team is for any athlete who would like to take their racing to the next level with QT2′s dynamic coaches, and have the highest level of support, by staff dedicated to sponsorship, team events, and athlete representation. QT2 looks for dedicated athletes, willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be the best that they can be, regardless of ability level.

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Location: US Based – National

Sport: Triathlon

Favorite Nuun Flavor: Citrus Fruit

Number of Members: 160

Website/Facebook/Twitterwww.qt2systems.com – www.facebook .com/qt2systems – www.twitter.com/qt2systems

Why does the team like Nuun? It is low carb and high electrolyte, so is great for our athletes following training sessions where they may feel acutely dehydrated.  Plus, it makes plain water taste delicious!

Team Accomplishments: QT2 qualified 30 athletes to the 2013 Ironman World Championship including 5 professionals!  This contingent includes a very wide demographic of athlete ages and genders.

Winter Hydration Tips for Athletes

By Vishal Patel, Nuun Hydration Nutritionist

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The New York City Marathon is usually a nice indication that fall is coming to an end, but as we shift gears into winter with athletes beginning their off-season programs it’s safe to say that many don’t stop training!

Should I hydrate less in the winter?

During the winter we hear a lot from our consumers that they tend to not drink as much water or Nuun as compared to summer months, and generally it’s due to the perception that we do not sweat as much when it’s colder. That theory may be true at times, however, many other factors come into play to determine how much fluid you need. For instance, winter air is cold and dry, that in turn will lead to an increase in thirst – a sign of dehydration.

Note: a mere 2% loss in body-water content has been noted to cause dehydration leading to a decrease in athletic performance.

But I feel like I sweat less in the winter!

Yes, in the winter it may seem as if you are not sweating as much. On top of dry air affecting your hydration status, the regulation of your internal body temperature (thermoregulation) has a tough time adjusting to the drastic changes.

The cold air triggers your body to try to reserve heat and maintain fluid balance by decreasing the release of heat (through sweat). But what we often forget is that runners tend to add layer upon layer of clothing to help keep the body warm. This increase of layers will cause your skin temperature to increase, which can lead to heat needing to be released (through sweat). So, in some instances we can actually sweat more due to winter layering and taking too drastic of an approach to stay warm.

Ways to balance the cold weather and your body temperature:

  • Shed layers after a thorough warm-up
  • Keep key areas covered and warm: your feet (this will be taken care of by the constant pounding), your ears (wear a hat or headband), and your hands (gloves!).

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Hypothermia & Hydration

Hypothermia is a concern for athletes who partake in cold weather sports at high altitude. Mountain air is most difficult to breathe due to the very cold and very dry nature of air at altitude. But oftentimes the difficulty breathing is the result of a decrease in blood volume flowing freely through your heart and on to working muscles. Having proper fluid balance with electrolytes will help get blood to wear it needs to go, and help muscles function properly.

Air Humidity & Hydration

The last factor to take into account is the high levels of humidity in the mornings.  The combination of cold, dry air, and more moisture in the air will increase the occurrence of dehydration.  Knowing how much to drink is just as crucial as going into your workout adequately hydrated! The cardinal rule is to drink according to thirst, without exceeding 20 oz per hour. Also, it’s never a bad time to take a sweat test to determine your sweat loss.

Nuun’s Tips for Winter Hydration:

  • Have a hydration plan – carry a belt or stash some bottles along your route.
  • Be well hydrated prior to your activity – drink Nuun Active Hydration the night before/morning of your key workouts.
  • Aim to drink 3-4 liters of water per day – drink Nuun All Day packed with all-natural vitamins and minerals!
  • Be sure to include Nuun in your recovery regimen – have a glass of warm lemon tea post run. Bonus: caffeine has been known to enhance glycogen re-synthesis speeding up the recovery process
  • As always pay attention to signs and symptoms of dehydration and inadequate fluid stores. Post-run headaches, muscle cramping, and fatigue are all signals that your body needs water and electrolytes!

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2014 Nuun Ambassador Application Now Open

Do you use Nuun regularly during training, daily activities or to stay hydrated as part of a healthy lifestyle? Are you influential in your community and willing to endorse Nuun? If so, the Nuun Ambassador program may be for you!

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The Nuun Ambassador program is designed for people who are passionate about staying hydrated, no matter what activity or sport they play. They are motivated, enthusiastic, and are willing to spread what we call “NuunLove” to others within their daily lives, sport, and community.

As a Nuun Ambassador we ask that you do the following, and in return you’ll receive a discount on product, insider information, and opportunities to represent and race for Nuun.

  • Post Nuun logo on website or blog
  • Interact with Nuun via various social media channels
  • Wear the Nuun logo on your person when competing. (Singlet, hat, visor, shirt, kit, tattoo, water bottle)
  • Provide photos of yourself hydrating with Nuun
  • Promote Nuun as your sole hydration product

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply for the Nuun Ambassador program. Please note, the Nuun Ambassador program is limited to athletes within the United States. Application will be open through Wednesday, November 27th.

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FAQs:

Do I have to be a professional athlete to apply for the Ambassador Program?

No. The Ambassador program consists of both professional and non-professional athletes alike.

What will I get as an Ambassador?

As a Nuun Ambassador, you will receive the following:

-Discount on Nuun products
-Profile on Nuun.com
-Hear about new and exciting news before anyone else does
-Opportunities to race with Nuun
-Opportunity to participate in special projects with Nuun

 What if I’m an elite/professional athlete looking for a partnership?

Currently we are not able to support full product or cash sponsorships, but there are many ways we can work with elite and professional athletes so we hope to see your application soon.

What are my duties as an Ambassador?

As an Ambassador, we ask you do a few things for us, which include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Post Nuun logo on website or blog
  • Interact with Nuun via various social media channels
  • Wear the Nuun logo on your person when competing. (Singlet, hat, visor, shirt, kit, tattoo, water bottle)
  • Provide photos of yourself hydrating with Nuun
  • Promote Nuun as your sole hydration product

When can I apply for the Ambassador program?

The application window is open at the end of November each year.

How long does a membership in the Ambassador program last?

One calendar year. All Ambassadorships end on December 31st regardless of when you are accepted.

 Does Nuun offer monetary or full product sponsorships?

At this time, Nuun does not offer monetary or full product sponsorships.

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