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Old 08-14-2014, 02:47 PM
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I have been searching the web on best ways to replace electrolytes, (sodium,potassium ETC) and all searches are saying different things..I have tried the salt and water and the coconut and banana recipe, do any of yall know what is the best way to replace or boost low electrolytes?
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Chjampagne enema!!!! Just kidding
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I have ran a few marathons and train in the heat of the summer. Best I have found are nuun tablets. You drop them in 16 oz of water. Work really well when you are sweating a lot without the added calories. They also come in caffeinated versions.
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KJS, thanks I will look into that
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Pickle juice works great. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2742453/
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Hello Bluffman,

1. Make sure you are healthy first. (Kidney function tests-- BUN/Creatinine etc)
2. Hydration is most important (water)
3. Normal kidneys are smarter than any electrolytes or drugs you take.
4. Glucose/salt tabs are fine so long as your kidneys are working properly. If not, you can get in a world of hurt. Doesn't matter which ones. (whatever doesn't make you gag or puke)
5. See #2. Avoid dehydration at all costs. Once you start puking, IV's are the best solution. Oral stuff won't work. Best way to start puking is to get dehydrated.
6. See #2.

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After a long run in the summer I always liked a tumbler full of ice, fill 3/4 way with seltzer water and the rest of the way with cranberry juice and orange juice
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From a professional drinker: pedialyte and coconut water are the two best I have found.
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thanks guys, a few months back I was hospitalized for a few days for low electrolytes and have been feeling great until the last few days, I may be over reacting, I have a DR appt Tuesday for bloodwork and whatever test she reccomends..Ijust don't want to go through what I did 3 months ago....I drink 3-5 16 oz bottles of water daily,but im getting the same feelings in my muscles as before,minus the nausea and vomiting.....
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From a professional drinker: pedialyte and coconut water are the two best I have found.
That there sounds pretty good too.
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thanks guys, a few months back I was hospitalized for a few days for low electrolytes and have been feeling great until the last few days, I may be over reacting, I have a DR appt Tuesday for bloodwork and whatever test she reccomends..Ijust don't want to go through what I did 3 months ago....I drink 3-5 16 oz bottles of water daily,but im getting the same feelings in my muscles as before,minus the nausea and vomiting.....
What is your weight? That isn't near enough water. Most likely you should be drinking 3 times that.

Doctors recommend, and it may seem like overkill, 100-140 ounces a day for average males.
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Gotcha. Do you have a physician? If so, he would be able to let you know what you should be drinking, but to me it sounds as if you are not drinking near enough water.
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My physician is a she, I have appt with her Tuesday , but for time being I'm going drink more water!
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Yep, back off the soft drinks, coffee, tea or whatever (if applicable) and drink more water, lots more....and, contrary to what some might say, it won't rust your "pipes!"
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2% Chocolate milk.
Coach of a local high school basketball team swears by it and said he learned about it from the head trainer of a NCAA Div I school.
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Gatorade works for me!....Citrus Cooler is my favorite.
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What is your weight? That isn't near enough water. Most likely you should be drinking 3 times that.

Doctors recommend, and it may seem like overkill, 100-140 ounces a day for average males.
That does sound light. I probably drink double that at least. Maybe triple. Definitely triple on days I'm outside. Fishing in the summer, my rule of thumb is if I open a bottle to take a sip of water, I chug the whole bottle.

For electrolytes I don't really know. My trainer told me to just dissolve a pinch of salt in a Nalgene bottle, poor mans Gatorade. If you're scratching your head right now look at the nutritional facts on a Gatorade, a 24 oz G2 has like 450 mg of sodium. And a whole bunch of artificial crap to make it taste delicious.

But that logic is based on my appropriate consumption of water. I train pretty hard sometimes, and in serious heat, and haven't ever had a problem.
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Coconut water. Lots of potassium.
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Pedialite has 2x the electrolytes of Gatorade and powerade
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