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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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Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is the excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more


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Are sports drinks more effective than plain water at preventing dehydration? I work out year round and sweat a lot, especially in the warmer months. I always drink a lot of water during workouts, but should I be drinking sports drinks instead?

Are sports drinks more effective than plain water at preventing dehydration? I work out year round and sweat a lot, especially in the warmer months. I always drink a lot of water during workouts, but should I be drinking sports drinks instead?

Yes,or coconut water: You want to replace electrolytes as well as water and research shows that water is better absorbed when electrolytes are added. My concern with sports drinks is they tend to have a lot of sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup which is best avoided. Consider coconut water with added sodium as a good alternative. See http://onforb.Es/1ac8vzh & http://bit.Ly/18pve5h. ...Read more

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Why is my stomach bloated all the time? I do sports drink water although i gained 1-2 kgs. Iam 163 CM and 64 kg.

Why is my stomach bloated all the time? I do sports drink water although i gained 1-2 kgs. Iam 163 CM and 64 kg.

Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology. Check with your doctor for examination ; treatment options, particularly since your problem seems to be ongoing. Not pregnant, right? ...Read more

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During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

Electrolytes: When you sweat you loose salt and water. Sports drinks with electrolytes try to replace both. Carbs are added for quick energy. Unless you are doing competitive sports, either drinks ar ok. ...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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Is there any way to avoid dehydration other than from drinking water?

Is there any way to avoid dehydration other than from drinking water?

Avoid losses: In addition to adequate volume intake of both water and salt, you also need to avoid losses so avoid places where one may sweat a lot, diarrhea, fever et cetera. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for 3 days. Hurts on the top. Off & on. Is this normal? Is it from not enough sleep or dehydration? I don't drink lots of water ..

I've had a headache for 3 days. Hurts on the top. Off & on. Is this normal? Is it from not enough sleep or dehydration? I don't drink lots of water ..

Need to see doctor.: There are many causes of headaches, some minor, some major -- it's hard to say what the cause is without an exam. I would advise drinking enough water to make your urine very pale. If the headache doesn't improve in a few hours, you need to see a doctor today. I hope it clears up quickly! ...Read more

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How much water should I be drinking so i don't get dehydrated? I always heard eight 8oz glasses, but i've also recently heard that might be too much since food contains water too. I want to avoid dehydration, so which is more accurate? .

How much water should I be drinking so i don't get dehydrated? I always heard eight 8oz glasses, but i've also recently heard that might be too much since food contains water too. I want to avoid dehydration, so which is more accurate?

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Drink : Drink if you are thirsty. Unless you have kidney stones, there is no need to drink more if you are not thirsty. Forcing yourself to drink can cause problems. The idea of 8 eight ounce glasses per day is not supported by current science and is not recommended by any experts. Drinking this much makes you spend more time in the bathroom and can mess up your blood chemistry. ...Read more