Rehydating liquids

You should drink enough during the day so that your pee is a pale clear colour. For example, if you’re vomiting, sweating or you have diarrhoea.

WHO stresses the importance of measuring the ingredients accurately to have the correct mixture — the wrong proportions can make the problem worse.

Mix the ingredients until the sugar and salt are dissolved in the water.

Common signs that you’ve lost too many electrolytes include: Decreased or dark urination and decreased sweating are also common.

In the tropics, the first thing that I’d usually notice was that I’d take a drink and almost immediately break into a sweat — an indication that I’d been dehydrated.

Both come pre-made, which has the disadvantage of taking up a lot of storage space; Gatorade is available in many places as a powder and I recently discovered Pedialyte powder in the Infant department at Wal-mart (it’s not in the pharmacy — although they did have Pedialyte liquid there — and the pharmacy clerks didn’t know it was in Infants — I found it by chance).

While Gatorade and sports drinks can be adequate before you have any major symptoms, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that they’re not adequate for truly rehydrating a sick person as they have too much sugar (which makes diarrhea worse) and too little sodium.Any portion that’s not being consumed immediately should be kept in the refrigerator if possible.And if there is any question about the cleanliness of the water, boil it and let it cool before mixing the solution.For “everyday” use before we had any serious symptoms, we mixed one packet with one packet of powdered Tang (also designed to make one quart) to make a half gallon of “Tang-o-rade.” It tasted pretty good and seemed to ward off any serious problems, depite us living in 90 degree temperatures without air conditioning and going for desert hikes most days.However, for some reason, these little packets are frightfully expensive in the US — even on Amazon.In fact, an adult's body weight is 60 percent water, while an infant's is up to 80 percent water.

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