Nuun – active hydration – our newest sponsors! Welcome on board the River Gambia Expedition

We’re really happy to have Nuun’ on board. They will be providing the River Gambia Expedition team with all our re-hydration needs, as we trek and paddle through three countries in West Africa.

‘You’re Always Active, Your Water Should be Too

Nuun is leading the way in portable hydration with three drink options to keep you refreshed all day, everyday. All three are ideal to help keep you hydrated and to make the most of the water you drink’ – Nuun

Coming from a nutrition background – and knowing that the body is made up of around 65-70% water – I’m acutely aware of how much damage dehydration can cause to the body. And, as we’ll be trekking or canoeing for up to 10 hours a day, in extreme heat, in West Africa, we’ll be using, and losing, a lot of water from our bodies – which has to be replaced constantly – so it’s vitally important that the whole team remain fully hydrated, at all times. The last thing we need is for one of the expedition team members doubling up with cramps or fighting off a thumping headache!

The reason that Nuun caught my eye (and, no, it wasn’t just the pretty colours! Oh, ok…they did catch my eye, initially, and then I read the blurb) was the fact that their products are sugar-free, we can drop their flavourful little electrolyte-balancing tabs into our water bottles, and hydration packs, and rehydrate, avoiding over-consumption of water (which can lead to over-hydration, which can be dangerous in itself).

‘Beverages containing large amounts of sugar can accelerate the dehydration process. Sugar requires water from the body in order to be digested, leaving less water to properly fuel muscle and brain function. With zero sugars and only 8 calories in each 16oz. bottle, Nuun is a smart choice for hydration.’ Nuun

And, rather serendipitously – which seems to be happening rather a lot during the planning of this expedition (more on that another time) – our contact, at Nuun, Sarah, has spent time in The Gambia too. And, not just as a tourist either. She helped build a youth centre and internet cafe, in Tunbung Art village, which gives her a much greater understanding of where we are going.

A Fulla tribe farmer from the Gambian village of Tuba Dabbo, pulls water from the well for his herd of cattle. Image: Jason Florio – 2009. Taken whilst in a ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ West Africa

We’re looking forward to receiving our package from Nuun for the expedition.
Welcome on board, Nuun!
Helen & Florio

Click on image to support our KS page-Deadline 15th Oct. 2012


About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) (under 'Projects') 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km
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