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Hack My Rehydration Salts!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

My situation:

I live in the cool Pacific Northwest (and at sea level). Once a year or so, however, I spend a week at one mile above sea level exercising vigorously about six hours per day in 100-degree weather (no air conditioning).

Pre-paleo, I would down a couple of quarts of Gatorade by the end of every day. Frankly, under those conditions, even Gatorade tastes like nectar of the gods to me, but I've never liked the idea of the artificial color and flavor, so I'm looking for a more "paleo" solution (no pun intended).

The fact that the WHO now recommends a reduced osmolarity solution isn't particularly relevant to me because I'm not using oral rehydration therapy to counteract cholera, just losing a lot of water through strenuous exercise.

The basic desperation-measure homemade formula (not reduced osmolarity) is:

  • 4 1/4 C. water
  • 6 t. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt

and is unlikely to hurt me over the course of a week.

But: would this be better if I threw in a little potassium chloride (easy to find as a salt substitute) and subbed out some of the sodium chloride? If so, how much? Would honey be better than white sugar? Would coconut water help?

I may try different formulas on different days and see how I fare, I'm looking for suggestions for formulas.

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on April 27, 2012
at 06:32 PM

@Mike - I've never had that happen when I make this - maybe the salt or soda prevents that. And it's just a sqeeze for flavor not full on juice - I squeeze a section into the batch not a whole orange

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on April 27, 2012
at 05:39 PM

beware: fresh squeezed OJ will turn bitter within 4 hours. Commercial OJ has other stuff in it which prevents that.

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Also, eating a banana or so during the day will be an option, because I have breaks and will have gear with me.

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I hadn't thought of using pedialyte as a search term. I should have searched "electrolyte" as well, I suppose. Thanks.

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Not very precise in his ingredients, is he? I do like the idea of using blackstrap molasses. I don't think I'll have a stove available but I don't think it would be necessary to dissolve everything if I make it the night before.

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:50 PM

I posted this exact smae answer as a respones to a paleo pedialyte question - but it works for this as well :

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

4 cups water

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

squeeze favorite fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit, any berries in to flavour)

Mix all until dissolved. Keep refrigerated and use within a couple of days.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on April 27, 2012
at 06:32 PM

@Mike - I've never had that happen when I make this - maybe the salt or soda prevents that. And it's just a sqeeze for flavor not full on juice - I squeeze a section into the batch not a whole orange

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 27, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I hadn't thought of using pedialyte as a search term. I should have searched "electrolyte" as well, I suppose. Thanks.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 27, 2012
at 05:39 PM

beware: fresh squeezed OJ will turn bitter within 4 hours. Commercial OJ has other stuff in it which prevents that.

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Mark did an article on this a while back.
Scroll down to: "Now, if you are so inclined, you can also make your own version of a sport drink/energy gel hybrid."

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Not very precise in his ingredients, is he? I do like the idea of using blackstrap molasses. I don't think I'll have a stove available but I don't think it would be necessary to dissolve everything if I make it the night before.

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