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Doctor insights on: Gatorade Or Water For Hydration

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Hydration (Definition)

Hydration simply means increasing fluid intake whether its by you drinking more fluid ...Read more


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Is drinking fluids other than water sufficient to stay hydrated?

Is drinking fluids other than water sufficient to stay hydrated?

NOT LIKELY: The best, purest thing to hydrate with is water. Flavoring it is ok, as long as you are not using too much sugar products. ...Read more

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Will drinking 4 or more litres of water per day lower electrolytes such as potassium and salt?

Will drinking 4 or more litres of water per day lower electrolytes such as potassium and salt?

Four or more: litres is a fair amount if not exercising or perfoming vigorous manual labor and could cause a dilutional effect, but if you lose water through sweat, heavy and rapid breathing or heavy exercise then not to worry. ...Read more

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Soda water or tonic water for upset stomache?

Soda water or tonic water for upset stomache?

Slightly flattened : Ginger ale. Probably the simplest way to reduce nausea ; upset stomach is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger ; steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. ...Read more

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Can diabetics drink vitamin water and life water if they don't drink plain water to help with hydration?

Can diabetics drink vitamin water and life water if they don't drink plain water to help with hydration?

Yes BUT: You need to read the labels carefully. Some have few carbohydrates and others as many as over 40 grams of carbohydrate . The numbers of calories therefore vary quite a bit. Some are sweetened with stevia while other flavors of ths same brand might be flavored with a sugar alcohol. ...Read more

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Does drinking plenty of plain fluids help with acne/scars?

Does drinking plenty of plain fluids help with acne/scars?

No: I'm sorry somebody gave you this misinformation, and even sorrier that you acne has not been managed so you ended up with scars. You're a grown man now, and you can get some topical benzoyl peroxide to use as tolerable; if you're not clear in two weeks, phone your personal physician and ask for Rx that will clear you. Ignore all the "pop" claims. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is drinking flavored water or sparklibg water the same as drinking water?

Is drinking flavored water or sparklibg water the same as drinking water?

Yes and No: As far as providing fluid to the body both are same. Flavored water may have sugars or substitutes that may provide more calories or adverse effects. ...Read more

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For preventing dehydration with e.Coli infections, which is better water or sports drinks?

For preventing dehydration with e.Coli infections, which is better water or sports drinks?

Sports drinks...: ...Are at least closer to the ideal composition, but they still tend to be heavy on sugar and light on potassium compared to the who-recommended rehydration solution. Water can produce dangerous electrolyte disturbances by diluting your body's salts as they are being flushed out by diarrhea. ...Read more

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To treat dehydration, what is better, water or a sports drink?

It depends: For mild dehydration, water is fine. For severe dehydration, often due to severe diarrhea/heat exposure it is important to include salt, sugar, water, and other electrolytes. Sports drinks often have these ingredients but typically have more sugar than is recommended, particularly in the setting of severe diarrhea. Salty chicken or vegetable soup is often a good initial solution. ...Read more

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Which is better for you: diet soda or flavored water?

Which is better for you: diet soda or flavored water?

Artificial sweetener: Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners. Studies on mice show that intake of artificial sweeteners could lead to glucose intolerance probably due to changes in gut bacteria. Would want to know how the water is flavored (with aspartame, saccharine or sucralose?) ...Read more

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Instead of drinking juice or sodas or gatorade or something else..If i only drink water as a beverage, will i loose weight?

Instead of drinking juice or sodas or gatorade or something else..If i only drink water as a beverage, will i loose weight?

Probably: In addition to what you are drinking, you also want to focus on eating mostly fruits & veggies, as well as some whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats total daily calories in will impact your weight and eliminating beverage calories usually helps get plenty of exercise. Have fun! ...Read more

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more

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They say to drink water for dehydration, but would drinking plenty of juice made out of water be as equivalent, or does water alone make a difference?

They say to drink water for dehydration, but would drinking plenty of juice made out of water be as equivalent, or does water alone make a difference?

Depends: Sometimes the juices have components that can be a problem. Most are ok for hydration, but if you have diarrhea also the juices can aggravate the diarrhea. Many foods are also good for dehydration.Applesauce is 95% water, steamed vegetables 65%, jello >95%, etc. ...Read more

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Can spicy foods and drinking lots of propel and gatorade help with a regular cold?

Can spicy foods and drinking lots of propel and gatorade help with a regular cold?

Myths: Nope. Not in any way. The only thing here helpful is the gatorade to help you hydrate. But, none of this will, in any way, shorten or treat the illness. ...Read more

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Does naturally flavored sparking water hydrate as good as regular water? I usually drink sparkling more because I don't care for plain water

Does naturally flavored sparking water hydrate as good as regular water? I usually drink sparkling more because I don't care for plain water

Dehydration: AMY CANAVAN, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Falls Church, Virginia BILLY S. ARANT, JR., MD, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee Am Fam Physician. 2009 Oct 1;80(7):692-696. Diagnosis and Management of Dehydration in Children Check this article out Typically it is the combination of elctorytes and carbs that make a difference. ...Read more

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