What Cure Hydration Founder Lauren Picasso Keeps in Her Wellness Bag

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Welcome to What’s in My Wellness Bag: Our series in which we ask cool people to metaphorically unpack their wellness bag—or what we think of as someone’s whole wellness routine. Their gym stuff, their nutrition stuff, their sleep stuff, their self-care stuff. It’s a little bit like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. But instead of a coat rack, there’s an Apple Watch, electrolyte mix, and a Solo Stove.

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Lauren Picasso

Meet Lauren

“I’m the Founder and CEO of Cure Hydration, a hydrating electrolyte drink mix sold online and in retail stores nationwide. I started Cure in 2019 after struggling to stay hydrated no matter how much water I drank. I decided to create my own electrolyte drink made with plant-based, non-GMO ingredients that tastes as good as it feels. As a lifelong endurance athlete, I love staying active and spend my free time running, biking, and playing pickleball in Brooklyn where I live with my husband and dog Kody.” 

Lauren’s Wellness Bag

The Calm App

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“I use the Calm app to meditate every day! In the morning I do the Daily Calm meditation as soon as I wake up, even before my morning coffee. Then at night I do a Sleep Story to help me go to bed.”

Earn 350 Ness card points

Apple Watch


“I bought it for myself in 2020 after I realized how little I was walking during COVID! I use my Apple Watch to track all of my health metrics including steps, calories, exercise minutes, sleep, and heart rate. I’m a data nerd and love to see my progress in the Health app.”

Earn 798 Ness Card points

Cure Hydration Hydrating Electrolyte Drink Mix

“I started Cure in 2019, after struggling to find an electrolyte product that wasn’t full of added sugar and artificial ingredients. Hydration is my #1 priority to stay healthy followed by sleep, exercise, and high-quality nutrition. Each of Cure’s flavors follow a scientific formula that is proven to hydrate as effectively as an IV drip. Strawberry Kiwi is our newest flavor, so it’s currently my favorite, and it’s delicious!”

Earn 529 Ness Card points

GEM Daily Essentials


“I ordered online after meeting the founder, Sara. Her philosophy of ‘food as medicine’ really resonated with me! I love that GEM uses real, plant-based ingredients, since I always prefer to get my vitamins and minerals from food.”

Earn 275 Ness Card points

UPLIFT Standing Desk


“Before COVID, I always used to take my calls walking, but now that everything has moved to video calls I find myself glued to my desk all day. This standing desk allows me to stand and move around during meetings so that I’m not sitting for 8 hours straight.”

Earn 1,198 Ness Card points



“I go to the Orangetheory studio in Williamsburg a few times a week. I love the community there!”

Earn 100 Ness Card points

Citi Bike

Citi Bike

“Nothing lifts my mood more than a bike ride! I try to ride a Citi Bike most places that are too far to walk and am always so much happier riding a bike than taking the subway or taxi.”

Earn 85 Ness Card points

Vitamix Blender


“My husband and I put the Vitamix Pro Series 750 on our wedding registry. I love making smoothies, acai bowls, soups, and dips with it. I find myself using it every day to squeeze more fruits and veggies into my diet. “

Earn 2,495 Ness Card points

Solo Stove

Solo Stove

“When my husband and I moved to Brooklyn we finally got some outdoor space and immediately bought a Solo Stove. With all the time we spend on our devices, it’s important to unplug. I love making campfires outside with my husband and friends instead of watching TV or being stuck inside. Even when it’s cold outside, we’ll bundle up and hang out by the fire.”

Earn 900 Ness Card points

Recess Pickleball Racket Set


“McCarren Park in Williamsburg has turned into a pickleball destination. Almost every weekend, I’ll go and play with friends to get some sunshine and be active.”

Earn 900 Ness Card points

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