Saturday, September 24, 2011

Homemade Gatorade

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When you think of Gatorade you may picture an athlete re-hydrating after a good workout, but did you know that you may need to add it to your storage. Did you know that diarrhea is the third highest killer in third world countries?  Dehydration sets in and many people die from it! Having an electrolyte drink on hand may be the simple solution, that can be made at home, to help those suffering from diarrhea and dehydration. If we were ever in a crisis situation and sanitation has caused many to become ill, we may need to be able to make an electrolyte drink to help those who have diarrhea.  I feel it is important to print out information like this and keep it in a binder for future reference.  You may not have electricity in an emergency for your computer and the stores may also be closed, so no getting your Gatorade.  

This mixture is for use in a crisis situation, you should always see your Doctor for diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea, especially in children.

A tip for this mix is to make several baggies worth at a time to have on hand.  If mom becomes sick, then others can mix up the electrolyte drink.  Just remember to have water stored to mix up the powdered drink.

Homemade Electrolyte Drink
1 quart water
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3-4 T sugar
1/4 t salt substitute (it has potassium in it)
Mix well and can be flavored with lemon juice or sugar-free kool-aid.

**Adults should drink after each loose stool and drink at least 3 quarts or until they are well.

Children over 2 should drink 1/2-1 large cup of the mix.  You may have to spoon feed.

Children under 2 should drink 1/4-1/2 of a large cup.

Give it to the ill slowly and wait 10 minutes after vomiting to drink small amounts. If the drink is not used in 24 hours, make a new batch. 

**Info from HERE

Here is a simplified recipe with only three ingredients.  For children older than one years old. 

1 quart of water
2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
Mix all ingredients.  Can serve cold or room temperature.  Spoon feed if necessary.  Follow the same directions above when administering to the ill.

Enjoy the Journey!
Enjoy the Blessings!
Feel the PEACE!! 

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