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In case of diarrhea due to germs in drinking water, store some Gatorade as a medicinal aid. Never touch it except in case of extreme need; it can help restore the electrolytes in your body so you won't dehyrate.
-- Mo questions (Maureenls@Worldnet.att.net), July 26, 1999
Maureen - Thanks for bringing this up. See the thread at: http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=000mFW
Gatorade is too concentrated when taken straight (too much sugar), but can be safely diluted. There is also a home recipe featuring Morton "Lite Salt" which is carried by major supermarkets in the regular salt section. It's value for rehydration is that it provides a balance of sodium and potassium. There is also "Pedialyte" available in the children's sections of stores, but very expensive.
-- Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 26, 1999.
I saw powdered Pedialyte in the baby section of one of our grocery stores, but after a few weeks the product was removed. It wasn't just sold out, they don't even have a space for it now. I wonder if anyone has tried it? Were there problems with it? I was planning on using this, but I didn't get around to stocking it in time.
-- Helen (email@example.com), July 26, 1999.
consider powdered Gatorade or Powdered AllSport, and just dilute to tolerance.
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 26, 1999.
In "Where there is no Doctor" the recipe for dehydration drink is half a level teaspoon of salt, 8 level teaspoons sugar to a liter of H20. A half cup of fruit juice can be added for potassium.
-- Lee Chesson (email@example.com), July 27, 1999.
Chuck, a number of years ago I worked in a wild bird rehabilitation center. The injured birds tended to be very dehydrated by the time we received them. The quickest way to kill them was with gatorade. I'm not sure under the types of extreme conditions that rehydration would be critical that "diluting to tolerance" would mean much. I'd feel safer having a set formula to go by.
-- Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 27, 1999.
One of the first things I look at these days is an expiration date. Haven't seen any on the Gatorade bottles. For those who may be wondering, from the Gatorade web site http://www.gatorade.com/pages/talk2us/index.html (along with some other interesting faq's)
7. What is the shelf life of Gatorade?
Gatorade has a shelf life of approximately one year from its production. Sounds good to me...
-- Eyell Makedo (email@example.com), July 28, 1999.
I read in a fitness magazine that when you drink a sugary drink that is too concentrated, it can actually draw water out of your bloodstream into your stomach and make you more dehydrated. Gatorade and similar sports drinks are too concentrated so you should dilute them (I think it said to use an equal amount of water and Gatorade, more water with other sweeter drinks).
-- biker (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 28, 1999.