Electrolytes

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  1. motman241

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    I pack Gatorade. A new product that I am testing (at home, at least for now) is Kroger's Alkaline water. Inexpensive and is water with electrolytes. Cool.
     
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    @DarrylM
    Most electrolytes we typically receive are from food sources.
    Your body processes and excretes as needed.

    When preload your body will generally pee out what is not needed.
    Eating salty foods makes you thirsty. Your body is trying to flush the excess amounts of sodium.

    With extreme exertion and dehydration you need to quickly hydrate as well as replace electrolytes.
    The problem is with food sources they are often slower in adsorption rate.
    Your body uses a ton of water in the act of eating / digesting meals, so water staying in the gut and not quickly going to the rest of the body.

    A small amount of simple food (a few crackers / banana) is good when attempting to rehydrate. It slows the passage of water in the intestinal tract allowing increased adsorption of water but it does not place a large demand for water in the process of digestion.
     
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    In a pinch, would taking your sweaty shirt off and soaking it into your water source before drinking replace electrolytes? Gross, but would it work? Other than taste, are there any downsides?
     
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    You'll have to wring it out into a snake skin for it to do any good.
     
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    i was in meijer today shopping for some groceries and saw this
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    https://sosrehydrate.com/

    they claim it's better than Gatorade ect...
     
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    This is a great thread! Much needed.
     
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    I never measure, but I typically add a bit of honey, salt, baking soda, ACV (or lemon juice) and water.
     
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    My son nneded some ORS last week in Williamsburg. He didn't like the taste, so I guess it's Propel or Gatorade.

    @Medic17: Doc, does Propel need to be diluted like Gatorade does?
     
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    I don't know.
    I never looked into Propel, I was under the assumption that it contains artificial sweeteners which I avoid like the plague.

    I like Vitalyte and Skratch sticks. That SOS stuff looks good too.
     
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    straight from propels website:

    Propel Electrolyte Water has zero calories with nine fruit water flavor varieties and one unflavored offering for those who prefer a taste that more closely resembles plain water. The nine fruit water flavors contain two low-calorie sweeteners: Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) and sucralose.
     
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    I am going to say no...
    Your T-Shirt only covers about 36% of your body surface.
    Your chances of getting 100% of your excreted electrolytes from that 36% would be slim to none.
    So even if you were to theoretically able to get 100% of your excreted electrolytes from that t-shirt, it would only be hypothetically 36% of your needs. Keep in mind your electrolytes are metabolized or excreted elsewhere and not only through the process of sweating.

    With that aside I am pretty sure it would equate to drinking your own piss.
     
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    This is the simple, cheap, D-I-Y solution recipe I have found on WHO and the rehydrate.org websites. I made a few of these sugar/salt mixtures and sealed them in pill bottles and placed it in my main FAK along with a paper copy in case of diarrhea or the like.

    When I went to Arizona last year, I just followed the advice in Cody Lundin's BOOK and just added some apple juice into the water I was carrying.
    Simple, and easy!

    YMMV,
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    I often use elite electrolytes when I am participating in endurance activities, think 24 hour mountain bike race or all day exertion in the heat. I am a little Leary of the electrolyte source as multiple brands get there minerals from the salt lake in Utah. The lake is salty because water only runs into the basin and not out. This also means all the municipal sewage effluent from the greater Salt Lake area also runs into the lake. Kind of gross if you think about it.
     
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    Another product I have used in the past is Azomite. It is from an ancient seebed and contains a whole heaping of macro and trace minerals. For a "sports drink" add lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon azomite to at least 8 ounces water. For normal outdoor activities as said in previous posts you can get most if not all your electrolyte needs from careful selection of food.
     

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