(The Best Years in Life)
It doesn’t take much to get
dehydrated during outdoor activities in
the summer sunshine, so it’s a good idea
to be prepared. This season marketers
are pushing adults to rehydrate with
Pedialyte, an old favorite with
conventional pediatricians. But is
Pedialyte really the best choice for
adult rehydration, and should kids be
The human body
is about two thirds water, so it’s easy to see that maintaining this level is
basic for optimal body functioning. Dehydration occurs when the amount of water
in the body drops below this level. At first it may not be a big problem, but as
the water level in the body continues to drop because a person is perspiring,
symptoms will develop saying it’s time to stop and rehydrate.
What are those
symptoms? Although thirst can ultimately be a symptom of dehydration, a person
can become quite dehydrated before this part of the autonomic response kicks in.
More immediate symptoms include
Producing urine that’s darker
in color than usual
The very old
and the very young are especially susceptible to dehydration, and special care
must be taken with them. However anyone who is feeling symptoms should take
measures to rehydrate right away.
So is drinking
Pedialyte the best way to rehydrate? As is the case with almost everything sold
at a drug store, the answer is probably no, and that goes for kids as well as
The best place
to start rehydrating is by drinking water, but don’t belt it down. In the water
you have lost by perspiring are electrolytes, critical minerals that sponsor
important chemical reactions in the body. Their loss is what causes weakness and
lightheadedness in a person who is dehydrated, and they must be restored. If
just water is consumed without restoring electrolytes, headache, muscle cramps,
and fatigue are likely to be the result.
Food is the
best source of electrolytes, the main ones of which are potassium and sodium.
For the best results, choose fruits and vegetables as they have high water
content along with needed minerals and are easy to digest. Several years ago a
study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that
the combination of water and food was more effective at rehydrating than simply
consuming a sports drink which contained similar active ingredients as Pedialyte.
Be sure to
consume enough to get fully rehydrated, meaning more than the water you lost
through perspiration. This will make up for the water you lose from routine
If no fruits
and vegetables are handy, grab the nearest bag of barbequed potato chips
(hopefully organic), and a bottle of water. The potato is the food most richest
in potassium, chips have plenty of salt, and there a bit of sugar in the
barbecue spices to help get back energy.
If you are
dehydrated, alcohol and caffeine are two really bad ideas, because they have a
Pedialyte? Although it can’t hold a candle to real food and water for
rehydration, if you can find a bottle of the unflavored variety, it is
undoubtedly better than consuming a sports drink like Gatorade. This version of
Pedialyte contains only water, dextrose, citric acid and a small amount of
Compare it to
Gatorade, which contains in addition to the usual ingredients, brominated
vegetable oil (GMO), high fructose corn syrup (GMO), two kinds of fake sugar
(both as bad as aspartame or worse), artificial colors, and glycerol ester of
How does the
Pedialyte peddled for kids stack up? In addition to the ingredients in the
unflavored version, Strawberry Pedialyte includes the same two fake sugars as in
Gatorade (sucralose and acesulfame K), artificial flavors, and the two most
toxic of all the food dyes, Red 40 and Blue 1. The other variations marketed to
kids are quite similar.
irksome when manufacturers prey on innocent kids and their parents!
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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