There’s a myriad of rehydration products out there. Some come with vitamins and minerals, others are packed with energy, or you get a mix of the two. Choosing what you like best is generally determined by flavour and how your stomach handles it. The latter of the two is more of a concern when using a supplement in a race scenario. With the Nuun Active range you’re looking at a water soluble tab that quickly dissolves in a bottle or glass of water to produce a lightly flavoured, electrolyte replacement drink. Now I’m no nutritionist so my assessment is pretty basic. I’m not one to worry too much about the science behind nutrition products. All I care about is them being yummy and I trust the nerds who formulate the stuff to take care of the rest!
What I really like about these is the simplicity. I finish a run, pour a glass of the wet stuff, pop a tab in and then drink it. There’s a bit of effervescents that adds to the refreshing nature of the beverage and most importantly the taste is fantastic. Afterwards I feel revitalised and only after the longest of my runs would I need another drink to fill the void. I use them on occasion during a run, in which case I prepare the drink prior by putting one of the tabs into each of my soft flasks. In this instance they can be a bit annoying because the flasks fill with gas and need deflating. It’s not that big a deal, it just means you need to let some air out during the process. What I dig most about them is that the small packaging and ease of use are ideal for when I’m travelling. I pop a tube in my carry on bag and can then have one inflight, much like you’d use a Hydralite, then have them on hand for while I’m away. It’s much easier and more tidy than carrying a bag or tub of powder that the geniuses at security sometimes get confused about and try to confiscate. All the flavours are awesome, but my favourite is the Lemon Lime.