Oral Rehydration Solution

Mel's Cookin'

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#1
Gatorade was formulated as an electrolyte supplement but is now more marketing than anything else since Pepsi is its owner. It is a "sports drink" not an electrolyte supplement. Some of the ingredients in it now are not helpful.

A simple, homemade electrolyte replacement that doesn't contain all the "extra" stuff and is less expensive too:

In a gallon pitcher, put:
2 cups of citrus juice (orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, whatever you have available. Pineapple juice works too. You just need a juice with a bit of tang to it, because it helps mask the salt.)
1/2 cup of honey or sugar (whichever you prefer) - and a bit more if you use lemon or lime for your citrus, just because of the sourness
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water and stir until everything is mixed well. The cream of tartar does not suspend so you'll have to keep a long spoon in the pitcher and give it a swirl before you pour a glass.

The citrus will add some of the sugar and the citrus will make it more drinkable. The body sees all sugar as the same, so sugar/honey/molasses will work interchangeably for this, but the flavor profile of each is different, so that can be your choice. The salt will add back the sodium and the chloride you need, and the cream of tartar is almost pure potassium.
 

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There's a new (possibly just to the area) coconut water based sports drink. It's called body armor. Pretty pricey and we buy Gatorade powder, but I had one yesterday and I can tell a significant difference. And my urine doesn't have that dehydrated Gatorade smell. I'm going to look into pallet pricing. If I can get them down under a buck I'm gonna switch. Anyone who's worked outside on nothing but Gatorade knows how big of a deal the pee smell is. As bad as asparagus.
 

sonofliberty

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There's a new (possibly just to the area) coconut water based sports drink. It's called body armor. Pretty pricey and we buy Gatorade powder, but I had one yesterday and I can tell a significant difference. And my urine doesn't have that dehydrated Gatorade smell. I'm going to look into pallet pricing. If I can get them down under a buck I'm gonna switch. Anyone who's worked outside on nothing but Gatorade knows how big of a deal the pee smell is. As bad as asparagus.
They are $1,25 at the local chinamart. Individual sales and cold in the little fridges by the registers. I drink 2-4 a day depending on heat and activity. I found them after my little adventure a couple weeks ago.
 

Mel's Cookin'

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Branch, I think Goblin doubled the sugar when he makes it, and I think he uses honey because he likes the taste. Your guys might want it a bit sweeter, using it to work. When you are already nauseous from being dehydrated, the extra sweetness can sometimes be a problem, but not when you are burning calories and staying hydrated.
 

Inazone

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There's a new (possibly just to the area) coconut water based sports drink. It's called body armor. Pretty pricey and we buy Gatorade powder, but I had one yesterday and I can tell a significant difference. And my urine doesn't have that dehydrated Gatorade smell. I'm going to look into pallet pricing. If I can get them down under a buck I'm gonna switch. Anyone who's worked outside on nothing but Gatorade knows how big of a deal the pee smell is. As bad as asparagus.
When she was pregnant with our daughter, my wife found out about Body Armor through someone at the VA, and got to the point of buying several cases at a discount through our neighborhood convenience store. She made friends with the owner, and as I recall, they were selling it to her at cost. It sure be being hospitalized and on an IV when she could have stayed healthy just spending a couple bucks a day on this stuff. She kept drinking it regularly until, while nursing, we (actually, Detective Inazone) came to the conclusion that the coconut water was giving our daughter horribly bad diaper rash. No such issue with our son.
 

Optimist

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#11
Mels, the half-salt (half potassium chloride instead of all sodium chloride) will help with the electrolyte loss. Have used it for years to control salt-loss cramps, our family being prone to such....