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Dec 1

Surprising Foods High In Electrolytes

Getting electrolytes in isn’t just for when you’ve thrown up and have lost those stores or when you’ve just finished a major sweaty workout session. For instance, here’s what to eat before and after yoga. Still, your body needs a good electrolyte balance to maintain bodily function, so it’s important to get enough in the day to stay replenished, not just in these particular moments.

So, what are they, exactly? “Electrolytes are minerals in the body that carry an electric charge. These include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), bicarbonate (HCO3-), magnesium (Mg2+), chloride (C1-), and hydrogen phosphate (HPO42-). Every single system depends on having a stable electrolyte balance, from the nervous system to the acid-base balance of our blood, to the contraction of our muscles,” says Dr. Michelle Davenport, PhD, RD, Co-Founder of Raised Real.

“That’s why severe losses of electrolyte balance, when we have major loss of bodily fluids such as with diarrhea or vomiting, can be fatal,” she adds. That’s also why it’s important to restore your electrolyte balance after a long run. (Or, when you’re hungover, too.)

Electrolytes also spark energy and jump-start the metabolism, thus reducing inflammation and preventing digestive problems. What’s more, electrolyte stores also help speed recovery from injury or sore/damaged muscles.

Though, most people think “Gatorade” when it comes to electrolytes, and you can’t sip a sugary sports drink all day. (Those calories and sugars add up.) Luckily, here are a few other sources of electrolytes to be mindful of. And they all have tons of other nutritional benefits, too!

Cactus Water
What’s that? Well, it’s good for you, so here’s the gist. Cactus water is high in electrolytes and can be super refreshing, so it’s a killer post-workout sip. “It is high in taurine, electrolytes and contains betalians. I also like the fact that it is low in sugar and half the calories of coconut water,” says Dr. Elizabeth Trattner.

Plus, it also has antioxidant properties and can improve your immune system, she says. And, if interested, here are a few other cool water trends to try now.

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By: Isadora Baum

Nov 6

Scottsdale-Based True Nopal Cactus Water Launches #Hikehydrated Campaign To Remind Hikers To Stay Safe And Hydrated On Desert Hiking Trails This Visitor Season And All Year Long

The arrival of the Fall season means just one thing in Arizona and across the desert southwest: hiking season is officially here. Just because temperatures have started to trickle in a cooler direction, doesn’t mean that hikers need to hydrate any less when heading out on desert trails. In the last week 7 hikers needed to be emergency rescued from Camelback Mountain alone, and according to the Phoenix Fire Department, the majority of mountain rescues occur as a result of dehydration or heat exhaustion-related injuries and disorientation. To help remind hikers to stay hydrated and stay safe this hiking season, Scottsdale-based True Nopal Cactus Water is making it thier mission to remind hikers to always #HikeHydrated and will be hitting the popular hiking trails across the Valley for the #TrueNopalTrailTakeover campaign to fuel hikers with uber-hydrating and all natural cactus water dispensed ice cold from the True Nopal hydro-jetpack. Starting this weekend, the #TrueNopalTrailTakeover team will be helping keep hikers on Camelback Mountain and will hit numerous trails across our state every weekend through hiking season.

“When it’s over 100 degrees outside, drinking a lot of water is second nature for most people, but when cooler temperatures arrive it’s easy to forget that we still live in one of the driest climates in the world and keeping yourself hydrated, especially when you are doing any kind of physical activities outdoors in the sun is absolutely critical, “said Tom Zummo, Founder and CEO of True Nopal Cactus Water. “The start of hiking season also marks the start of visitor season, and while permanent desert dwellers know that we need to maintain a high level of water consumption all year, Arizona vacationers often don’t know just how much water they need to drink andbring with them if they plan to hit the trails on their Valley visit this year,” he said.

According to Authority Nutrition (www.healthline.com/nutrition) , humans need to consume at least two liters of water every day. For hiking, consider the circumstances before you head out on the trail and take at least twice as much water as you think you’ll need. Variables like weather, terrain, distance, physical fitness and acclimation to the environment you’ll be hiking in all play a major factor for people who are not used to desert conditions. Everyone should take extra caution to drink lots of water when hiking, but those not used to Arizona’s dry environment need to be extra vigilant in hydrating well before, during and after their outdoor activities.

To help remind everyone to #HikeHydrated this hiking season, True Nopal is challenging hikers everywhere to play a new kind of drinking game every time you hit the trails.

“When you see a cactus – drink and when you see another cactus – drink again. Every time you see a cactus on the trail, grab your water bottle and take a sip,” Zummo said. “Since there is cactus just about everywhere you look – it should be easy to remember to keep that water consumption going,” he said.

The company hopes that the visual reminder and #TrueNopalTrailTakeover will get hikers to think more like a cactus when fueling up outdoor activities. Indigenous to the Sonoran Desert, the prickly pear cactus is one of the most sustainable plants in the world that not only survives but thrives in the driest ecosystem on the planet. The prickly pear cactus has an exceptionally complex plant structure that not only effectively fuels itself and preserves its own hydration, but it also bears a fruit ‘Prickly Pear’, a vitamin-rich ‘superfruit’ that tastes a bit like a strawberry and kiwi hybrid. It’s the essence of Prickly Pear cactus that has made True Nopal Cactus Water the number one selling cactus water in the world. With less than half the calories and sugar in coconut water, True Nopal is 100% vegan and packed with electrolytes, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants.

In addition to good old-fashioned H20, you boost your body’s ability to stay hydrated by adding cactus water to your pre, during and post-hike hydration regimen. Cactus Water is the ideal daily hydration beverage and helps your cells to absorb and maintain more nutrients and minerals than simply drinking water alone. Cactus water is the latest hydration must-have for pro-athletes, sports trainers, yogis, marathoners, sports nutritionists, and wellness gurus.

True Nopal is currently sold in the US, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Guam in over 9,000 grocery and health food stores including Sprouts, Whole Foods, Albertson’s, Safeway, Kroger, Fry’s, Waitrose (UK), Tesco (UK) and many other retailers. The product also retails online and is listed as ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for the category on Amazon.com.

Many of the Valley’s premier hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions also offer True Nopal Cactus Water for in-room beverage selections, spa and wellness programs and retail boutiques including The Phoenician Resort and Spa, The Westin Kierland Resort, Four Seasons Resort at Troon North, Hyatt Gainey Ranch Resort and Spa, JW Marriott Camelback Inn, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, AC Hotel Tempe, and L’Auberge de Sedona. A number of restaurants and attractions also offer True Nopal Cactus Water including Farm and Craft in Scottsdale, Chloe’s Corner at Kierland Commons, Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical Garden and The Grand Canyon Shops.

True Nopal believes in providing products that are great tasting and good for you that also support an active and healthy lifestyle, so keep an eye out for the #TrueNopalTrailTakeover team as you hit the trails this season and remember to #HikeHydrated all year long.

To join in on the #TrueNopalTrailTakeover and #HikeHydrated campaign and stay up to date where the next trail hydration station is, follow @TrueNopal on Facebook and Instagram.

About True Nopal:
True Nopal, based in Scottsdale Arizona, is the number one selling Cactus Water brand in the world and the creator of the Cactus Water category. True Nopal believes in providing products that are both good tasting and good for you while helping support an active, healthy lifestyle. True Nopal is passionate about doing things that are beneficial to people and the environment. We maintain a faithful commitment to preserving and sustaining the planet with a socially conscious effort to help make Earth a better place. For more information, please visit www.truenopal.com

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Jul 19

Homegrown concept to turn Prickly Pear fruit into Water goes Global

By: FOX 10 Arizona

What started out as an idea is now turning into a bustling worldwide business for one Valley man.

“Prickly Pear is indigenous to Arizona,” said Tom Zummo, CEO of True Nopal Cactus Water. “We’re surrounded by it.”

Zummo’s idea was to turn Prickly Pear cactus into bottled water. He’s now joined forces with one of the biggest beverage distributors in the world. The Prickly Pear was something Zummo never really thought much of, until one day, he had an idea.

“It was just something that came to me while I was on my run through Scottsdale,” said Zummo. He wondered if he could take the Prickly Pear fruit, and create a drink out of it. This was back in 2013, when coconut water and other beverages like it were all the rage.

“I started doing some research to see what kind of benefits were behind the Prickly Pear, and it was amazing,” said Zummo. He found the juice was sweet, had less sugar than coconut water, and was packed with Vitamin C and electrolytes.

Zummo decided to start a business selling the water, and that’s when Zummo said True Nopal Cactus Water was born. The Prickly Pear fruit is harvested from the Sonoran Desert, pressed, processed and then bottled.

In the four years since Zummo started, the business has been growing. He recently signed a deal with Suntory, one of the largest beverage distributors in the world.

“The brand is like one of my children,” said Zummo. “You want to see your children excel and do magnificent things in their life, and my vision was to always see this be a global brand.”

True Nopal will now be distributed to stores around the globe

Jun 22

Coconut water paves the way for Scottsdale company selling Cactus Water

By: Justin Pazera

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The clocks in Tom Zummo’s office are set to London, Tokyo and Scottsdale and you really could say timing has been everything to his business.

“Coconut water did pave the way for us to exist,” said Zummo, the owner of True Nopal. “It gave consumers a glimpse into plant waters.”

So think coconut water but not. Instead, the key ingredient in True Nopal is the prickly pear cactus.

“I went on a quest for something that tastes good that has the same benefits with lower calories and lower sugar,” said Zummo.

He says True Nopal water has half the sugar and calories compared to some coconut waters and it’s also high in antioxidants. It took them a while to come up with this particular recipe but it’s been a win with customers.

“We added agave. We added sugar and realized that we wanted to keep it true to form and we just left it in its original state,” said Zummo.

Packaging is done in other parts of the country but the headquarters is still in Scottsdale. Shipments for Amazon are also done right here in the Valley.

True Nopal is available on Amazon and also in local Fry’s, Whole Foods, AJ’s Fine Foods, Sprouts and Natural Grocers.

Jul 11

Fancy Water Taste Test

NICK HARRIS-FRY 7 JUL 2016
Left to right: What A Melon, Simplee Aloe, True Nopal Cactus Water, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Tree WaterTrue Nopal Cactus Water

Today’s water is so much more than a tasteless fusion of hydrogen and oxygen, with almost every kind of plant incorporated into special brands of H2O.

The claims these newfangled waters make are grand ones, especially when you consider that old-fashioned regular water is pretty good in terms of hydration and contains no calories. Coach decided to see if it really is time to give up on plain tap.

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What A Melon

Why: Watermelon water, with the pips handily removed. Like cactus water [below] it promises to hydrate you naturally, and also contains lycopene, a handy antioxidant primarily found in red fruit and veg. £2, available at Planet Organic and Wholefoods. whatamelonwater.com

The Coach says: Watermelons are the king of summer fruits, so having a drink containing their tasty essence minus the damnable pips is a real treat for sunny days.

Simplee Aloe

Why: Aloe Vera extract has apparently been drunk for 5,000 years, with benefits mooted to include healthier skin and an immune system boost. £1.69, available at Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose. simpleealoe.com

The Coach says: Simplee Aloe comes in two flavours – grape & lemon and apple & mango – both of which are eminently acceptable, even if it feels a bit of a shame that neither reveal the mysterious taste of aloe.

True Nopal Cactus Water

Why: This prickly pear beverage promises to make you feel the power of the cactus. Fortunately that doesn’t mean sticking spines down your throat, but instead providing natural hydration with no added sugars. Like water. £1.69, available at Boots and Waitrose. truenopal.com

The Coach says: A sweet, slightly tropical taste. Coach did not feel the power of the cactus, which was both a disappointment and a relief, but True Nopal’s offering is undoubtedly refreshing.

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Why: The doyenne of fancy H2O, coconut water’s reputation is built on the claim it rehydrates you better than normal water due to the dose of vitamins and minerals it contains. That and the rumour it’ll help ease hangovers. £1.69, available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. vitacoco.com/uk

The Coach says: An acquired taste. It’s a tad coconutty, not as much as you’d expect, and despite seeming pretty diluted at first, the cloying sweetness starts to grate halfway though the carton.

Tree Water

Why: Bottled sap from birch, maple and bamboo trees that promises plenty of natural nutrients. And the birch water is claimed to taste clean. Mmm… clean. £2.50, available at Boots, Planet Organic and Waitrose. sibberi.com

The Coach says: The birch water does taste clean, in that it doesn’t taste of much. The maple sap is a little sweeter, while the bamboo water was a tad woody. Take your choice: clean, sweet or woody.

Jun 30

True Nopal Cactus Water Distribution Continues to Accelerate at a Rapid Rate

Scottsdale Arizona – (June 30, 2016) – True Nopal the number one selling cactus water brand and innovator of the category announced today that its distribution continues to accelerate at a rapid rate. Recent new store placement includes, Albertsons/Safeway, Stop & Shop, Giant, AJ’s, PCC, New Leaf, Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Tom Thumb, Tops, Fresh Vitamins & Neighborhood Market.
Tom Zummo, CEO and Founder, stated, “Today’s consumers are extremely savvy, not only are they seeking a great tasting beverage they are also looking for something that is low in calories, low in sugar and provides other benefits. With less than half the calories and sugar as other plant waters, while still providing electrolytes, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants, True Nopal cactus water hits all of the marks.” He then went on to say, “Although a cactus may not demand much water to grow, consumers are demanding cactus water and this is precisely what is fueling our growth both domestically and internationally.”
For more information or to find a local retailer near you, readers can visit www.truenopal.com

Feb 2

How’s Your Super Bowl Hangover? Prickly Pear Water Could Help

By David Hammond

Did you enjoy the Super Bowl, yesterday? Did you over-indulge in food, drink, and mindless cheering, uncontrollable and highly voluble hatred of the opponents, senseless and undeserved identification with the victors?

That’s nice.

I’ve heard that when one drinks too much, one can expect a headache the next day. It’s called a “hangover,” and it’s likely that some of you reading this may be experiencing one right now (as well as guilt over all the things you ate and drank, all the things you said to your family and friends during the intoxicated violence of game day, perhaps even a pang of guilt over all the people you injured — physical and emotionally – while throwing things around and generally being a sports-crazed mania).

Last week, I was sent a bottle of True Nopal, the water of the prickly pear, which is the oblong fruit of the nopal cactus. The prickly pear is green, with armadillo-like studs on its skin, and an interior that’s richly red. In Spanish, it’s called “Tuna,” and although I’ve enjoyed the water of the nopal cactus paddles, I’ve never had the water of the prickly pear.

According to the literature, “The prickly pear cactus is the only known plant to contain all 24 known betalain antioxidants, which are known to detoxify the body at the cellular level.”

Nopal also contains high levels of vitamins A,C, and K and loads of amino acids [http://www.naturalhealth-solutions.net/healthy-eating/nopal-the-magic-in-the-cactus-plant].

True Nopal is much less sweet than other fruit waters you might know, with a lightly flowery nose and beautiful pinkish-red color. Like many Mexican aguas fresca, it is very refreshing all by itself, and because it’s less sweet, a good accompaniment to foods.

So after your highly toxic Super Bowl Sunday – filled with fried food and rage and booze – consider detoxifying yourself with the water of the prickly pear.

I like mixing True Nopal 4:1 with Sauza 901 Tequila: 2 birds/1 stone, hair of the dog, etc.

You can find out more about this beverage at their site: click here.

Jan 14

bon appetit: 7 strange flavored waters to try – or not

January 14, 2015 /
Written by Michael Y. Park

If you ever felt like a sap for paying $4 for a bottle of flavored water, you can now buy actual maple water to drive the point home. Or you can pick out a flavored water based on color, not taste. And why not get your dog in on the fad, too? There’s a flavored water just for Fido.

For years now, flavored waters have been the big thing in rehydration, with companies touting their vegetable- and fruit-infused H2O as “phytonutrient”-packed, antioxidant-filled, electrolyte-crammed ambrosias that’ll have you fighting off colds, embracing Mother Nature, and feeling like a five-year-old again. Cucumber water and lemon water have gone from being the mainstays of country clubs to coming in plastic bottles decorated with skinny-dipping slices. And try to tally up the number of people you know who’ve adopted coconut water as their go-to refreshment last couple years. (Or just name the celebrities who quaff the stuff, like Rihanna, Madonna, and Demi Moore.)

But it gets weirder from there. Just take a gander ….

Cactus Water
If it works for camels and for cartoon characters lost in the desert, why wouldn’t it work as a bottled drink? The folks at True Nopal took the Nopal cactus (i.e. prickly pear) and have marketed as a lower-calorie, lower-sugar competitor to, yes, coconut water, and it’s got a fruity taste that might appeal to an even wider market. And no needles!

Maple Water
Canadian-based Seva describes maple water as “pure maple sap, the clear and nourishing water the flows naturally out of maple trees each spring. … It’s like drinking maple water right from the tree!” Except, we hope, the part about picking out flakes of tree bark from your lips.

Bacon-Infused Water
Yes, of course someone came up with bacon-infused water, because the “bacon thing” is never going to end. In this case, the bacon flavoring comes in the form of effervescent tablets you added to your water to create a bubbly, pork-flavored drink. (You could probably recreate the effect by dropping a couple slices of bacon into your seltzer water.) Thankfully, these tablets no longer seem to be available.

Chocolate-Mint Water
Though Metromint’s “chocolatemint” flavor has been around for a while now, it’s still a puzzler. Is it meant to appeal to chocolate lovers who don’t actually love chocolate enough to actually, y’know, eat chocolate or drink cocoa? To supposed chocoholics who don’t want that luscious chocolate-y smoothness that’s such an integral part of the chocolate experience? Is it a scientific experiment about whether certain flavors are still appealing if you strip away their normal visual and textural cues? At least we can rest easy knowing the “guilt-free anytime delight” was made with “real mint” grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley, though the website makes no mention of the chocolate part of the equation.

Flavored Water for Dogs
You’ve probably already figured out that dog-food commercials are meant to appeal to human owners’ appetites and not canines (we don’t care how smart your dog is, he couldn’t care less whether or not his canned meal resembles beef stew or chicken pot pie). So you won’t be surprised to know that there’s a line of flavored waters for dogs. K9 Water comes in chicken, beef, liver, and lamb, (no, there’s no toilet-water flavor), and according to the California-based company that makes it, it’s “rebarkably refreshing™.” Because dogs love puns, too.

Jan 5

life & style magazine star swap says “swap coconut water for cactus water.”

Life & style magazine star swap says “swap coconut water for cactus water.” Move over, coconut! True nopal cactus water is not only a super-hydrating nutrient powerhouse, it contains about half the sugar and calories of coconut water at just 24 calories a glass.

Dec 18

beverage world magazine names true nopal cactus water hot innovative and trendsetting beverage of 2014

True Nopal, a new player in the plant water category, has taken the industry by storm this year. Beverage World Magazine has included them in their 2014 HIT list that ran in the December issue where they discuss the newest drinks to revolutionize the space that coconut water paved.

With Beverage World being an industry opinion leader read by important decision makers who influence the latest and hottest trends in the market, the accolade is helping True Nopal pick up even more steam, paving the way for other beverage products that are packed with nutrients.

“We are honored to be included in Beverage World’s 2014 HIT list,” said Tom Zummo, Chief Executive Officer of True Nopal Cactus Water. “We are so humbled that others see in True Nopal what we have seen since day one. We wanted to produce a drink that not only tasted good but that was also good for you and we couldn’t be happier that other people are recognizing this as well.”

“Only the savviest of retailers have the foresight to see potential in products the public is starting to embrace,” Zummo continued. “And after just six months on the shelves, we are now sold in over 3,000 retailers nationwide.”