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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.

May 2

10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cactus Water

By: FEMALE FIRST

Coconut water has long been the drink of choice for gym-goers and healthy living millennials, but there’s a new kid in town. Cactus water is the newest plant-based water to hit the scene, and not only is it more delicious than the not-so-humble coconut, but there’s a handful of other reasons why you should make the switch! Check out our 10 reasons why you should start drinking cactus water:

Cactus water has many benefits

1. It tastes better.
Like we said, the humble cactus (and cactus water) tastes much better than coconut water. Made from the prickly pear, fruit found on the Nopal Cactus, cactus water has a slightly berry taste which makes it much easier on the taste buds!

2. It’s naturally low in sugars & low calorie.
Not to brag, but cactus water has half the amount of sugars and calories than the leading coconut water brand. Tasty and guilt-free? Sign us up!

3. It’s super(food)!
For centuries, the people of the Sonoran Desert have benefitted from the goodness of this superfood for its hydrating properties. Not only that, but it has no fat, no added sugars, no sodium, no preservatives and its even gluten-free!

4. Your Next Hangover Cure.
One of cactus water’s most popular uses is to help relieve a hangover; cactus water has plenty of anti-inflammatory qualities which can help reduce headaches associated with too much alcohol. Not only that, but it can help with sickness and the dry-mouth feeling the next day.

5. Speaking of hangovers…
Cactus water is the perfect mix for any fruity cocktail or mocktail. Try it in your favourite cocktail this weekend. Cactus water’s sweet fruity flavour pairs well with vodka or tequila based cocktails.

6. It will keep you hydrated.
The Nopal Cactus is a self-sustaining plant that thrives in the Arizona desert and retains water to stay hydrated in the Arizona desert. Who better to trust to keep you hydrated than a plant which flourishes in the desert heat?

7. Your new BFF in the kitchen.
Cactus water can be cooperated into all of your favourite healthy recipes, such as pancakes, smoothies and even jelly.

8. It’s loaded with anti-aging antioxidants.
The Prickly Pear is believed to be the only source of all 24 betalains (antioxidants) and is naturally rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, electrolytes (magnesium, calcium & potassium) and is even high in fibre.

9. It’s anti-inflammatory.
Due to the high levels of antioxidants and electrolytes, cactus water can reduce inflammation. Say goodbye to those under-eye bags and hello to glowing skin!

10. Get it delivered to your door.
You can get cactus water delivered with your next Ocado order! Our favourite brand of choice? The UK’s first cactus water, true nopal cactus water.

true nopal cactus water retails for £1.69 (330ml) and £3.49 (1L) from Ocado, Waitrose, Fitness First, Nuffield gyms and many independent health food stores & at www.truenopal.co.uk.

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Jun 6

Is Cactus Water the New Coconut Water?

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We all know about coconut water by now. It’s delicious, hydrating and slightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness. It’s taken America by storm, and just when you thought you found your new life elixir, a new health water appears on the scene that’s vying for its spot. That fierce new competitor is cactus water, a popular drink in South America and Mexico loaded with anti-aging antioxidants and a handful of electrolytes.

Unlike coconut, cactus has a berry undertone. The fruits are juiced and pureed and usually blended with a citrus concentrate. Think watermelon meets kiwi. Early research suggests a link between ingesting cactus flesh and a decrease in inflammation and blood glucose levels. Other studies have found that the fibrous pectin in the plant may lower diabetics’ need for insulin. It’s also used as a hangover helper in Mexico. The antioxidant found in prickly pear extract — betalains — has been shown to reduce symptoms of nausea and dry mouth. Or, you can use it to create the hangover. The fruity undertones of the water make it an extremely versatile base: Blend your Cosmopolitans with prickly pear cactus and aloe or mix in cactus water with tequila.

These days, the prickly pear juice can be found at most health food stores like Whole Foods. While its claim as a top superfood may just be another fleeting fad, it most definitely is a healthy alternative to sodas and sugar-heavy juices.

Best part? It contains half the sugar and calories of most coconut water brands.

We’re liking the sound of that.

Jun 2

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water

JUN 2, 2015

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water
Say goodbye to that hangover.

 We don’t mean to knock coconut water, but we can’t help but take notice of the new kid on the block—cactus water, which is a popular drink in South America and Mexico. Loved by health freaks and beauty enthusiasts alike, the latest twist on H20 is making waves (and not for nothing). Here, find six reasons why you might want to start drinking the succulent stuff.

It tastes better
Of course this is a matter of opinion, but its light, berry taste is said to be easier on the palette than coconut water’s sweet, nutty taste.

It’s loaded with anti-aging antioxidants
While many plant waters are taken straight from the tree or fruit, cactus water is primarily derived from prickly pear concentrate and extract. Fun fact: prickly pear cactus is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains AKA powerful antioxidants, like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which revitalize skin for a healthy glow and fight signs of aging.

It’s naturally low in sugar and low calories
If there’s one category where cactus water has coconut water totally beat, it’s in this department. It has half the sugar and calories of many coconut water brands.

It will keep you hy-dra-ted
If we’re going to trust anything to help us stay moisturized, it’s a self-sustaining, water-storing cactus plant. The thirst-quenching cactus extract will help lock in skin’s moisture to protect it from dryness.

It’s anti-inflammatory
Because it’s chock full of antioxidants and electrolytes, it reduces inflammation. So, say buh-bye to puffy morning face, particularly those pesky under-eye bags.

It will cure your hangover
Research has shown that if you drink cactus water before drinking alcohol, it can reduce hangover symptoms, like dry mouth and nausea, thanks to those potent betalains. So, cheers!

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May 27

True Nopal Cactus Water Announces Nationwide Distribution

True Nopal, the undisputed category leader in the cactus water category, announced today that the company has officially achieved distribution throughout the entire United States.

True Nopal is now available in 4,000 stores across the country with a number of national retailers offering the healthy low calorie beverage. In the past year, True Nopal  has introduced a smaller 16.9oz size and has expanded its Whole Foods footprint in addition to entering new markets including Raley’s, HEB, Big Y and Shaw’s among others. True Nopal is currently establishing partnerships for the prickly pear drink to be available within Dierbergs, Earth Fare, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save and their direct delivery model PeaPod.

Tom Zummo, True Nopal Founder and CEO, said in a statement, “The new size has created an entry price point that allows consumers to experience the great taste and benefits that our product has to offer without a large investment.” Zummo continues, “Retailers and consumers have jumped on the cactus caravan and are making the switch from coconut water to cactus water.”

True Nopal Cactus Water is made with the nutritious fruit of the prickly pear cactus. The all-natural beverage is made with no added sugars, fat or cholesterol. Complementing a number of diets, True Nopal Cactus Water is non-GMO and loaded with all 24 nutritious betalain antioxidants. Containing half the calories and sugar as the leading coconut water, True Nopal is also gluten-free -and vegan certified.

For more information or to find a local retailer near you, readers can visit www.truenopal.com.