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What Drinks Have Electrolytes? Plus, How DripDrop ORS Relieves Dehydration

Whether you're recovering from a nasty bout of stomach flu or planning your post-workout fluid needs, it's important to replenish electrolytes as they leave your body.

This article will dive into what drinks have electrolytes and how well they relieve dehydration. You'll learn why all drinks with electrolytes aren't created equal and the science behind DripDrop ORS, a drink with electrolytes that’s designed to crush dehydration.

What Are Electrolytes, and Why Are They Important?

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Electrolytes are compounds and minerals in your body that carry an electrical charge. They are found in your blood, tissues, urine, and other bodily fluids.

Electrolytes can help:

  • Ensure optimal muscle and nerve function

  • Balance the amount of fluids in your blood and the rest of your body

  • Move nutrients into cells and move wastes out of the cells

  • Maintain normal pH (acid/base) balance in the blood

  • Help promote blood clot formation

  • Build new tissue

Electrolytes also play a key role in hydration. When your electrolyte levels are imbalanced, it can cause dehydration. However, you can’t just reach for any drink with electrolytes to address dehydration. You need a medically relevant ratio of sodium and glucose to help your body absorb fluids.

DripDrop ORS contains the precise ratio of electrolytes you need to crush dehydration. The precise amount of electrolytes are designed to activate the sodium-glucose cotransport system to deliver the exact amount of minerals the body needs.

The electrolytes in your body are:

  • Sodium

  • Potassium

  • Chloride

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphate

  • Bicarbonates

You get electrolytes from the food and drinks you consume. Water doesn’t have electrolytes.

Who Needs Drinks with Electrolytes?

Everyone needs electrolytes for daily life, so it’s always important to make sure you get enough. However, here’s when people tend to lose electrolytes:

1. When you exercise at least for an hour, particularly if you engage in an intense workout for more than 90 minutes

2. Doing intense exercises almost every day when you need to recover in less than 24 hours

3. When vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or excessive fluid loss occurs

4. When you do physical activities in high altitudes, which makes you more susceptible to electrolyte losses

5. When you engage in activities in high temperatures that cause excessive electrolyte loss through sweat.

Certain electrolyte drinks can help with replenishing electrolytes. However, not all drinks with electrolytes are equally effective. For example, sports drinks are high in added sugars. Meanwhile, coconut water doesn't contain the precise ratio of electrolytes and glucose that accelerates fluid absorption.

DripDrop ORS is the best way to get the electrolytes and fluids you need to address dehydration. The oral rehydration solution is a fast, low-cost, proven alternative to IV therapy for the management of mild to moderate dehydration.

What Drinks Have Electrolytes?

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The following drinks contain electrolytes. However, this doesn’t mean all can help with conditions like dehydration. Let’s take a look.

1. DripDrop ORS: Your Top Choice for Dehydration

DripDrop ORS provides medically relevant sodium electrolyte levels and a precise ratio of glucose your body needs for dehydration relief.It’s scientifically proven to enable fast, effective fluid absorption and retention.

Our patented formula is powerful enough to help patients suffering from dehydration caused by Ebola and cholera, but safe enough for everyday use. Plus, it tastes amazing.

Most electrolyte powders try to improve taste by either reducing sodium electrolyte levels, increasing the sugar, or both, which reduces their effectiveness. However, DripDrop contains:

  • 330 mg sodium

  • 39 mg magnesium

  • 185 mg potassium

  • 1.5 mg zinc

  • 70 mg vitamin C

DripDrop ORS was developed by a doctor on a mission to defeat life-threatening dehydration. The patented formula provides medically relevant electrolyte levels, improving on the World Health Organization’s Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) standards.

The WHO recommends that ORS 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).

But it isn't as simple as combining sodium, glucose, and other lost electrolytes and minerals in a low osmolarity solution; it has to taste good so that the people who really need it will drink it.

Most "electrolyte powders" purporting to be based on ORS science try to improve taste by either reducing the sodium electrolyte levels, increasing the sugar, or both - which reduces their effectiveness.

It's for this reason that DripDrop ORS's patented formula is unique — you get a medically viable ORS that also tastes great.

Let’s review other drinks that have electrolytes and why they may not be able to assist with dehydration.

2. Coconut Water

A cup of coconut water contains around 46 calories and 6 grams of sugar. This low-calorie, low-sugar drink contains the following electrolytes:

  • 600 mg of potassium

  • 252 mg of sodium

  • 58 mg of calcium

  • 60 mg of magnesium

  • 48 mg of phosphorus

Coconut water doesn't have the proper balance of electrolytes needed for hydration. One of the downsides of coconut water is its low sodium content. However, DripDrop ORS contains a precise ratio of sodium and glucose so it can address dehydration fast.

3. Fruit Juice

Fruit juices like watermelon and orange juices have antioxidants like Vitamin C and electrolytes. For example, 1 cup of raw orange juice contains the following electrolytes:

  • 496 mg of potassium

  • 2.48 mg of sodium

  • 27.3 mg of calcium

  • 27.3 mg of magnesium

  • 42.2 mg of phosphorus

Meanwhile, 450 ml of watermelon juice contains the following:

  • 93 mg of potassium

  • 3 mg of sodium

  • 9 mg of calcium

Fruit juices are typically naturally low in sodium, which means they may not be the best way to rehydrate. By comparison, DripDrop ORS has the sodium electrolytes you need to address dehydration, plus each 8-ounce dose of DripDrop ORS also provides 80% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, which studies have shown support components of our immune systems.

4. Milk

Milk is a natural source of electrolytes like calcium, potassium, and sodium.

Aside from being a good source of macronutrients like protein and fat, 1 cup of whole cow’s milk contains:

  • 300 mg of calcium

  • 366 mg of potassium

  • 93 mg of sodium

While there are studies about milk and its hydrating properties, it's worth noting that these studies looked at milk as a drink to help maintain fluid balance when you're already hydrated rather than consuming milk to manage dehydration.

It's also worth mentioning that some of these studies may be funded by the dairy industry. One example is this study on milk as a hydrating drink for kids who exercise. It turned out that the Dairy Farmers of Canada sponsored the study.

In addition, milk may not be the ideal option to hydrate for most people given that lactose malabsorption affects roughly two-thirds of the world's population.

5. Electrolyte-Infused Waters

Electrolyte-infused water contains electrolytes like sodium and potassium. However, some brands may not be in the correct amounts to address issues like dehydration.

6. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks such as Powerade and Gatorade are a common choice for electrolyte replacement. The electrolytes in sports drinks contain magnesium, calcium, chloride, phosphate, sodium, and potassium.

Sports drinks are often packed with added sweeteners and don’t contain the proper ratio of electrolytes to address dehydration.

DripDrop ORS, on the other hand, contains a medically appropriate ratio of sodium electrolyte levels and glucose. This facilitates fast absorption of fluids and electrolytes. In comparison, typical sports drinks contain about one-third the electrolytes of DripDrop ORS and twice as much sugar.

7. Smoothies or Fruit Shakes

Aside from being rich in vitamins and fiber, certain fruits and vegetables are also high in electrolytes. They can work well in smoothies.

Remember that smoothies may not be ideal to consume while you’re in the middle of a vigorous physical activity. You’re likely to feel full or bloated with a smoothie during your workout.

Also, keep in mind that many fruits and vegetables lack the electrolytes needed to help with dehydration.

8. Pedialyte

Pedialyte is an electrolyte drink specifically designed for children losing fluid and electrolytes through excessive diarrhea or vomiting. An 8-ounce serving of this commercially prepared solution contains:

  • 184 mg potassium

  • 244 mg of sodium

  • 294 mg of chloride

For children with mild to moderate dehydration, DripDrop ORS is a powerful alternative. The superior formula was invented by a doctor treating cases of life-threatening dehydration in children and has a higher ratio of sodium electrolytes (at roughly 330 mg).

It is safe for kids and comes in delicious flavors that children will surely love — from cold refreshing Fruit Punch and Berry to hot, soothing Honey Lemon Ginger and Hot Apple Cider.

You can administer DripDrop ORS with a spoon, a 20cc syringe, or through a sippy cup for young children. Older children should sip the solution slowly (waiting 10-20 seconds between sips). If your child is vomiting, make sure they drink slowly, in small sips.

Speak with your physician before using DripDrop ORS for children less than one year of age.

Electrolyte Imbalance and Dehydration

You lose electrolytes through sweating, fever, and physical activities. Vomiting and diarrhea can make you lose electrolytes at a faster rate and become dehydrated. In children, diarrhea and other causes can create electrolyte imbalances that accompany dehydration.

As electrolytes play a crucial role in maintaining optimum health, a relatively small change to your electrolyte levels can lead to fluid and electrolyte imbalance symptoms — from muscle cramping to seizures.

Common causes of electrolyte imbalance include:

  • Excessive sweating

  • Getting more fluids than you need (overhydration)

  • Losing fluids due to vomiting, diarrhea

  • Not consuming enough fluids and electrolytes

  • Medications such as diuretics, laxatives, steroids, and medications used to manage critically ill patients

  • Higher than normal pH levels which can result from fluid loss, use of diuretics, and certain conditions like kidney disease

  • Eating disorders

  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, heat exhaustion, and Addison's disease (when your adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones for the body)

When you have fluctuations in your electrolyte levels, you may experience symptoms of dehydration — a condition where your body doesn't get enough fluids and electrolytes. When you spot dehydration symptoms, it’s important to act fast with an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS. The most common symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Aches and pains

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle cramps

  • Dry mouth

  • Dark yellow urine

When you experience dehydration, drinking water alone is not enough. Other drinks that happen to contain electrolytes may not be good options either.

Your body requires the perfect balance of sodium and glucose to help absorb fluids and replenish electrolytes quickly. For this reason, it's important to use an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS. Its patented formula contains a precise ratio of sodium and glucose that accelerates fluid absorption.

Electrolyte Imbalance Symptoms

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Electrolyte imbalance symptoms can vary depending on the type of electrolyte that is affected. The most common symptoms are:

  • A rapid pulse and heart rate

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Confusion

  • Fever

  • Bloating or swelling

  • Shortness of breath

In some cases, these symptoms are also present with:

  • Tingling

  • Muscle weakness/Poor muscle contractions

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Weakness

  • Rapid blood pressure changes

  • Seizures and convulsions

Seek medical care if you suspect that your symptoms are due to electrolyte imbalance. Medical attention is important because electrolyte imbalance can cause serious problems like a coma and cardiac arrest.

Managing Electrolyte Imbalance

Managing electrolyte imbalance symptoms begins with identifying the electrolytes involved and treating the underlying condition.

For example, if a medication triggers an electrolyte imbalance, your doctor will likely adjust your dosage or recommend a different drug.

Restoring the proper balance of electrolytes is often accomplished through medications and supplements, IV fluids, IV medications, and removing wastes in the blood through hemodialysis

If you have mild to moderate dehydration as a result of electrolyte imbalance, oral rehydration solutions like those recommended by the World Health Organization are more effective.

Again, when your electrolyte levels are imbalanced, it can cause dehydration. Oral rehydration solutions like DripDrop ORS contain a precise ratio of minerals, including sodium and potassium, to help fight dehydration. The precise amount of electrolytes are designed to activate the sodium-glucose cotransport system to deliver the exact amount of minerals the body needs to function.

Crush Dehydration With DripDrop ORS

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Whether you’re trail running for half a day or recovering from a stomach bug, water and electrolyte beverages aren’t enough to address dehydration caused by electrolyte imbalance.

For best results, medical-grade DripDrop ORS allows you to alleviate mild to moderate dehydration outside of a hospital setting. Plus, it tastes amazing (even kids will love it!) and comes in a variety of flavors you can enjoy hot or cold.

Ready to make a purchase? Enjoy 15% off your order with this code: FIRST15. You can also get started with a trial for dehydration relief fast.

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