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Why DripDrop ORS Works Better than These 6 Hydration Drinks

If you don’t get enough fluids and electrolytes before tending your outdoor garden, getting in some mid-afternoon cardio, or just running errands, dehydration may be around the corner.

In addition to sweat loss, physical activity and exposure to extreme temperatures can deplete your electrolyte and fluid reserves.

The good news is you can crush dehydration with hydration drinks that contain the precise ratio of glucose and electrolytes to help accelerate fluid absorption.

Keep reading to learn about the most popular hydrating beverages, and discover why DripDrop ORS is the best choice over other hydration drinks. You’ll also learn how to recognize dehydration and get simple, straightforward tips on how to stay hydrated.

Why Staying Hydrated Is Important

Keeping hydrated throughout the day can spell the difference between being your most productive and feeling tired all day.

An adult human body is roughly 50% to 60% water. For this reason, staying hydrated influences your overall health in key ways. Take a look at the research:

There is also increasing evidence that mild dehydration plays a role in chronic health conditions such as hypertension, urinary tract infections, and coronary heart disease.

Staying hydrated is more than just quenching your thirst by drinking water. You need a precise ratio of electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, to retain fluids and avoid dehydration.

Medical-grade DripDrop ORS allows you to alleviate mild to moderate dehydration outside of a hospital setting, without the need for costly and painful IV therapy.

The patented formula provides medically relevant electrolyte levels, improving on the World Health Organization's Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) standards. Not to mention, it tastes amazing. DripDrop ORS is powerful enough to use in extreme circumstances but safe enough for everyday use.

What Hydration Drinks Work Best?

Hydration drinks: woman holding a glass of DripDrop ORS to the camera


Let’s dive deep into the most common hydration drinks below.

You’ll also discover why most of these supposedly “best drinks for hydration” don’t actually give you the best support for maintaining optimal fluid and electrolyte balance.

1. DripDrop ORS: Your Top Choice

When trying to stay hydrated, you have to consider how to effectively absorb and retain fluids. This means electrolyte content and osmolarity are key. DripDrop ORS gets top marks in these areas.

Here’s the science behind it: To stay hydrated, you need to activate the sodium-glucose cotransport system. An excellent hydrating drink should contain higher sodium electrolyte content and lower glucose (sugar) to activate this system. But it isn’t as simple as combining sodium and glucose in the right way; you need low osmolarity, too.

The WHO recommends that an oral rehydration solution should have an osmolarity of 245mOsm/L. Osmolarity refers to the number of particles suspended in a solution.

When you’re dehydrated, you also need an oral rehydration solution with low osmolarity to increase absorption. The more particles are suspended in a solution (i.e., the higher the osmolarity), the slower the absorption of water from your small intestines to your bloodstream for dehydration relief.

The patented formula of DripDrop ORS is at 220mosm/L, that’s even lower than the WHO ORS formula and a lot lower than traditional sports drinks (300+ mOsm/L).

In addition, an ORS should taste good, so people love to drink it. Dr. Eduardo Dolhun invented the DripDrop formula to solve the ORS taste problem without compromising efficacy.

DripDrop ORS contains the medically relevant sodium electrolyte levels and lower glucose content required in a low osmolarity formula that facilitates fast absorption. Most of all, it tastes great.

The invention was such a breakthrough that the DripDrop ORS formula received a U.S. Patent, and Dr. Dolhun was awarded the 2017 Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Humanitarian Award.

The result: DripDrop ORS works and tastes great. It comes in delicious flavors you can either enjoy as a warm, soothing hydration drink (like Honey Lemon Ginger), or as a cool, refreshing post-workout option (like Fruit Punch).

2. Plain Water

Drinking water has a lot of benefits. However, it's not enough to properly hydrate you. Water contains zero electrolytes, and a precise amount of electrolytes is required to stave off dehydration.

Another downside of relying on plain water as a hydration drink is that too much water can lead to hyponatremia or water intoxication. It's rare, but it can result in life-threatening complications such as brain swelling, coma, and possibly death.

This condition is caused by low levels of sodium electrolytes and too much water. When you drink too much water and not enough electrolytes, the balance of sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes is thrown off in your body.

Instead of chugging too much water at once, choose an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS. It has a medically relevant ratio of sodium and glucose to help your body absorb fluids fast.

3. Coconut Water

While coconut water has electrolytes in contrast to regular water, research shows that this popular beverage among health buffs is no better than plain water for simple hydration.

The misleading hydration claims of coconut water were one reason one of the largest coconut water producers settled a class-action lawsuit in 2012.

Coconut water contains a lot of one specific electrolyte: potassium. Although potassium can help athletes avoid cramps, potassium doesn’t maximize hydration unless paired with just the right amount of sodium and glucose. In a nutshell, coconut water doesn’t stack up to oral rehydration solutions like DripDrop ORS.

A serving of DripDrop contains:

  • 330 mg sodium

  • 39 mg magnesium

  • 185 mg potassium

  • 1.5 mg zinc

  • 70 mg vitamin C

  • only 7 grams of added sugar

Unlike coconut water, DripDrop ORS contains the precise ratio of electrolytes you need to crush dehydration.

4. Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks

Energy drinks and sports drinks are often marketed as the top choice for active individuals who want to stay hydrated and maintain peak physical performance.

Sports drinks brands like BodyArmor, Gatorade, and Powerade may be popular. However, sports drinks manufacturers tend to add a large amount of sugar and small amounts of electrolytes like potassium and sodium chloride. Each brand tends to have various concentrations of electrolytes.

But what about the research that supports the role of sports drinks in promoting hydration? The truth is that these studies are mainly backed or funded by sports drinks companies.

Your body needs an oral rehydration solution that will activate the sodium-glucose cotransport system to replenish lost electrolytes quickly. For the system to work optimally, you need a medically formulated amount of glucose and sodium that sports drinks don’t provide.

Instead of sugary sports drinks or commercial electrolyte powders, look for an oral rehydration solution with a precise ratio of sodium and glucose such as DripDrop ORS.

5. Milk

You may have read that milk is a good beverage of choice for rehydration following exercise.

While milk is a natural source of electrolytes, keep in mind that the research linking milk to hydration looked at milk as a drink to help achieve fluid balance while you're sufficiently hydrated, rather than help you stay away from dehydration.

Another important detail is some of the studies linking milk to hydration are backed by the dairy industry. For example, this study on using milk to hydrate kids is funded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Lastly, many people have lactose malabsorption problems. This affects roughly two-thirds of the world's population.

6. Pedialyte

Pedialyte is an electrolyte drink designed explicitly for children losing fluid and electrolytes through excessive diarrhea or vomiting

A 2019 study found out that many commercially available pre-mixed ORS products, including Pedialyte, do not adhere to recommended osmolality guidelines by WHO.

On the other hand, DripDrop ORS’s patented formula uniquely balances all critical ORS components recommended by WHO. DripDrop ORS is generally safe for children. However, speak with your healthcare provider before giving DripDrop ORS to children less than one year of age.

7. Fruit Juices

Fruit juices like watermelon, pomegranate, and orange juices don't offer as many electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance by activating the sodium-glucose cotransport system.

In the 1960s, medical scientists discovered that combining the right amount of sodium electrolytes, and just a little glucose or sugar, activates the sodium-glucose cotransport system.

This "mechanism" opens the intestinal wall and effectively pulls fluids and electrolytes into the bloodstream. Again, DripDrop ORS contains the medically relevant sodium electrolyte levels and lower glucose content required, in a low osmolarity formula that facilitates fast absorption. AND it tastes great.

How to Tell If You're Dehydrated

Hydration drinks: fireman pouring a sachet of DripDrop into a tumbler


Another way to ensure that you're sufficiently hydrated is to recognize the symptoms of dehydration early to avoid complications.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the following symptoms can indicate that your body is low on fluids and essential electrolytes:

  • Extreme thirst

  • Peeing and sweating less than usual

  • Dry mouth

  • Dry skin

  • Dark yellow urine

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

On the other hand, dehydration symptoms in infants and young children can include:

  • High fever

  • Sunken eyes

  • Dry mouth and tongue

  • Irritability

  • Crying without tears

  • Diapers aren’t wet for three hours or more

A research review on the effects of dehydration and brain function highlighted that mild dehydration could result in cognitive impairment (lack of focus and difficulty concentrating) in children and the elderly.

Quick Tips to Stay Hydrated

Woman underwater with a DripDrop tumbler


Staying hydrated should be easy. The key is to create good habits:

  • Aside from your usual glass of water, drink fluids with electrolytes like DripDrop ORS throughout the day, not just when you're already feeling dehydrated. Schedule "hydrating" breaks in your day.

  • Before you head outdoors, carry a water bottle containing electrolyte-rich fluids like DripDrop ORS with you. Choose from its cold, juicy flavors like Watermelon and Berry for the summer months, or have a warm cup of soothing flavors like Spiced Apple Cider and Hibiscus during the winter season.

  • Go easy on dehydrating beverages like alcoholic beverages and caffeine. As diuretics, these beverages can increase your urine output and put you at risk for dehydration.

  • Particularly focus on hydration if you're experiencing diarrhea and vomiting, which can sap your body of fluids and electrolytes.

  • Work with a nutritionist or dietitian to help you come up with a plan that promotes hydration.

Use DripDrop ORS to Stay Hydrated

Glasses with DripDrop ORS and a packet on the grass


Your body loses fluids every second as you breathe, sweat, pee, and empty your bowels.

For this reason, pay particular attention to your fluid and electrolyte intake, specifically during extreme temperatures and when you're sweating more than usual.

Opt for a recovery drink like DripDrop ORS to enable fast, effective fluid absorption and retention. Its patented formula is trusted by firefighters, elite athletes, active duty military, humanitarian aid organizations, and medical professionals.

Ready to make a purchase? Enjoy 15% off your order with this code: FIRST15. You can also get started with a trial so you can stay hydrated 24/7.

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