The best way to treat dehydration

October 22, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's the season for the stomach flu and this year its already hit 30% of the people around me... which means it's likely spreading fast 😷

Stomach flu is often mistaken for food poisoning because the symptoms are similar and may include the following:
-diarrhea
-loss of appetite
-fatigue
-nausea
-vomiting
-fevers
-chills
-abdominal pain/cramping
-increased gas production

Its hard to know the difference between food poisoning versus , treatment is the same with the 2 main goals:
-Bowel rest (listen to your stomach and re-introduce simple foods slowly)
-Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!
-Wash your hands throughout the day


One of the significant issues with the stomach flu is dehydration because when you have significant diarrhea you lose a ton of water & electrolytes (like Sodium & Potassium) through the stool. That's why it's important to keep hydrated with fluid that contains electrolytes.

There's only a few readily available options for fluid with electrolytes -- sports drinks (like Gatorade or Powerade for example) OR a drink made for babies/kids called Pedialyte.

Is there a difference? 

Yes! 

For me Pedialyte is the better option!

Why do I like Pedialyte better? (this information is per 8 ounces or 1 cup)

-Pedialyte has less sugar (14 grams in Pedialyte versus 6 grams in Gatorade)

-Pedialyte has a lot more electrolytes per ounce:
Sodium 240 mg in Pedialyte v/s 110 mg in Gatorade
Potassium 180 mg in Pedialyte v/s 30 mg in Gatorade
Chloride 290 mg in Pedialyte v/s 90 mg in Gatorade

-Pedialtye has 1/2 the calories than Gatorade

My only issue with both drinks is they have many artificial ingredients. We need to find a more natural options to liquid electrolyte repletion but until then, these 2 drinks are important to fight dehydration related to diarrhea and vomiting.

Hope this helps you battle your stomach flu!

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