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Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

No: These generally have an excess amount of sugar that can actually worsen the process. I have occasionally used gateraid diluted half & half with water in older kids (>6m).I use pedialyte in most. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...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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Is gatorade a good drink to hydrate with during gym workouts?

Is gatorade a good drink to hydrate with during gym workouts?

Its ok: Most people do fine just by drinking water which is what one loses in sweat while working out. If you are working out for at least an hour or in high humidity conditions, use might want to use a gatorade drink to help replace some of the lost electrolytes. ...Read more

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Are energy drinks, like "boost" or the Atkins diet energy drink ok for a no carb diet?

Are energy drinks, like "boost" or the Atkins diet energy drink ok for a no carb diet?

Energy Drinks: First there is no medical or health benefit from 'energy drinks'. These drinks are usually high in caffeine and/or sugars. I would read the labels and if there are any carbs in the drink recommend that you not ingest it. But, in general i would recommend avoiding these unnecessary and non-nutritional drinks all together. ...Read more

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What are recommended electrolyte drinks?

Electrolyte drinks: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What would be healthier to drink - diet coke or gatorade?

What would be healthier to drink - diet coke or gatorade?

Diet soda : My vote would be gatorade if done in moderation. There are studies that have shown that people who drink alot of soda are obese even if it is diet. The absolute right answer would be water. I usually tell my patients that if they eliminate liquid calories from their diet, that alone will help them drop significant pounds. Liquids pass through your stomach faster and do not keep you full. ...Read more

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Are gatorade and bananas beneficial in sun poisoning?

Are gatorade and bananas beneficial in sun poisoning?

Indirectly: Generally along with the sun poisoning goes some degree of dehydration and gatorade and bananas can help with this. ...Read more

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Is drinking health drinks like women's horlicks good for health or diet? (i'm 20)

Is drinking health drinks like women's horlicks good for health or diet? (i'm 20)

Not particularly: The only diet that is good for you is "god made" food. All "man msde" provides calories with insufficient vitamin content, even if "vitamin enriched" appears on the label. ...Read more

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Can carbs and b vitamins replace energy drinks before a workout?

Can carbs and b vitamins replace energy drinks before a workout?

No data: Nobody has actually done any studies of either in any kind of controlled setting, to my knowledge. Sports physicians and trainers have about as many views on these topics as there are sports physicians and trainers. There is really no evidence that either of these alternatives is helpful in improving workouts or their results. ...Read more

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Extra joss energy drink with aspartame, acesulfame k, sodium bicarbonate, royal jelly, citric acid, and some flavor safe as a staple preworkout?

Extra joss energy drink with aspartame, acesulfame k, sodium bicarbonate, royal jelly, citric acid, and some flavor safe as a staple preworkout?

Many meds: I don't think this is a good idea - too many meds! Please have your doctor refer you to a dietitian - he/she will help you optimize the many drinks, meds, etc. Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Viral gastroenteritis help? What's the recommending fluids / drinks for fast recovery?

Viral gastroenteritis help?  What's the recommending fluids / drinks for fast recovery?

Hydration: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Can drinking diet drinks with aspartame slow down weight loss?

No: Won't have any effect either way. You need dietary restriction, exercise, support in order to lose weight. Make sure you're not eating junk food or snacks while you're drinking the diet drink. ...Read more

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Give me a perfect daily diet & energy or fruit drinks for consumption?

Give me a perfect  daily diet  & energy or  fruit drinks for consumption?

There isn't one: There is no perfect daily diet because everyone is different. There are also many different philosophies on what is good and what is bad. Most agree that sugars are not good, so "fruit drinks" are not part of a "perfect diet". ...Read more

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Can drinking regular soda and diet soda or carbonated natural flavored drinks healthy?

Can drinking regular soda and diet soda or carbonated natural flavored drinks healthy?

VERY UNHEALTY but...: Regular and diet sodas are incredibly unhealthy & are best totally avoided. They either have toxic levels of sugars (usually as toxic high fructose corn syrup) or chemical sweeteners that may harm us more than sugars! See http://wellnessmama.com/379/reasons-to-avoid-soda/ Carbonated natural flavor drinks may be healthier depending on type & amount of sweeteners; stevia is OK. Please see comment: ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more