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#247320 - 06/21/12 09:14 PM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
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Registered: 08/04/11
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Loc: Colonial Heights, VA
Great info on this thread! Thanks everyone!

The army didn't teach us this much, but we usually used normal saline also.
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#247329 - 06/22/12 02:01 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
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I do think that drinks with proper electrolyte replacement are helpful. I agree though that they have become big business. To my way of thinking, the main problem with Gatorade is that it's far too sweet. I wish they'd get 80% of the sugar out of that stuff. I'm still looking for a reasonable electrolyte drink that has proper sodium and potassium levels, and much lower sugar.

Yeah - I do know about ORS. It works but tastes lousy :-)
There has to be a compromise somewhere.

By the way ... the joke I tell people is this. Drink one Coca-Cola. Then drink one Pepsi. The Coke uses sodium-based chemicals. The Pepsi uses potassium-based equivalents. So if you drink one of both - you've got your sodium and potassium, right?? hahahaha!

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#247330 - 06/22/12 02:36 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Pete]
Arney Offline
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Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Pete
I'm still looking for a reasonable electrolyte drink that has proper sodium and potassium levels, and much lower sugar.

I've been a happy Vitalyte customer for quite some time and I think it fits the bill.

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#247392 - 06/24/12 12:33 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
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Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 172
Loc: California
I just purchased these tablets from Amazon.

Electrolyte Tablets

I haven't received them yet, so I can't comment on how well they work. They will be much cheaper than the G2 which I have been using to prevent leg cramps at night.

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#247398 - 06/24/12 03:24 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
Snake_Doctor
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I prefer Powerade. I read a recipie on the internet for homade electolyte mix which sounded gruesome. 20 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 liter of water. I imagine you could dress it up with kool aid.

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#247415 - 06/24/12 08:14 PM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
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Registered: 08/04/11
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Loc: Colonial Heights, VA
Made the recipe from page 1 yesterday. Added some coconut juice. Not a great flavor. Without juice it is pretty unpleasant. I'll try something else. It seemes to have worked for me today though.
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#247419 - 06/24/12 10:19 PM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
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"I've been a happy Vitalyte customer ..."

thanks I will definitely check it out.
And i agree that Powerade seems better - and less sweet - than Gatorade.

Pete2

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#247420 - 06/25/12 12:22 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Pete]
nursemike Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 788
Loc: wellington, fl
Originally Posted By: Pete
I do think that drinks with proper electrolyte replacement are helpful. I agree though that they have become big business. To my way of thinking, the main problem with Gatorade is that it's far too sweet. I wish they'd get 80% of the sugar out of that stuff. I'm still looking for a reasonable electrolyte drink that has proper sodium and potassium levels, and much lower sugar.

Yeah - I do know about ORS. It works but tastes lousy :-)
There has to be a compromise somewhere.

By the way ... the joke I tell people is this. Drink one Coca-Cola. Then drink one Pepsi. The Coke uses sodium-based chemicals. The Pepsi uses potassium-based equivalents. So if you drink one of both - you've got your sodium and potassium, right?? hahahaha!

Pete2


compare the ingredient labels for any electrolyte beverage with that of a v8 juice can. V8 is better, cheaper, and provides 2 servings of vegetables, rather than a batch of empty calories. The cans are arguably more recycle-worthy than the plastic containers. electrolyte/bottled water/soft drinks are a triumph of marketing creating a perceived need and selling a product to fill the need. Eating a balanced diet eliminates the need for supplements.
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#247421 - 06/25/12 12:46 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: nursemike]
Russ Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4552
Loc: SOCAL
Originally Posted By: nursemike
...V8 is better, cheaper, and provides 2 servings of vegetables, rather than a batch of empty calories. The cans are arguably more recycle-worthy than the plastic containers. electrolyte/bottled water/soft drinks are a triumph of marketing creating a perceived need and selling a product to fill the need. Eating a balanced diet eliminates the need for supplements.

What he said.

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#247426 - 06/25/12 02:36 AM Re: Electrolyte replacement [Re: Finn]
jshannon Offline
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Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 577
Loc: North Texas
In 1 liter container,

1. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Morton's Lite salt (not regular salt)
2. up to 1/3 cup table sugar or 6 packets non-sugar sweetener (or however much it takes to make palatable)
3. flavoring if needed (1/2 packet of koolaid, etc)

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