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  • Electrolytes and Gatorade :(

    I've been doing whole 30 for three weeks now--no grains, dairy, sugar or alcohol--and now I get this curveball. I'm doing a second round of fertility meds. The doctor upped my dosage because before it didn't work very well. Not sure if it is the accupuncture, the PB or the nature of these things, but now it has worked and only too well--I'm in ovarian hyperstimulation. It is moderate and controllable, but one of the things they want me to do is drink at least a liter (ideally a liter and a half) of gatorade for the electrolytes.

    I know this condition is serious and I don't want to mess around, but is there another way to get electrolytes besides these drinks? I don't want the sugar and they taste nasty to me!

  • #2
    Electrolyte is a "medical/scientific" term for salts, specifically ions. The term electrolyte means that this ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative (cathode) or positive (anode) electrode:

    ions that move to the cathode (cations) are positively charged
    ions that move to the anode (anions) are negatively charged

    For example, your body fluids -- blood, plasma, interstitial fluid (fluid between cells) -- are like seawater and have a high concentration of sodium
    chloride (table salt, or NaCl). The electrolytes in sodium chloride are:

    sodium ion (Na+) - cation
    chloride ion (Cl-) - anion

    As for your body, the major electrolytes are as follows:
    sodium (Na+)
    potassium (K+)
    chloride (Cl-)
    calcium (Ca2+)
    magnesium (Mg2+)
    bicarbonate (HCO3-)
    phosphate (PO42-)
    sulfate (SO42-)
    Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
    Starting Weight: 294 pounds
    Current Weight: 235 pounds
    Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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    • #3
      Thanks, Kenn, that's helpful. So would you say that drinking a liter of water with sea salt would do the same thing?

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      • #4
        Last summer I came down with really bad sunstroke and was wickedly dehydrated. I drank a lot of coconut water during the recovery and it helped so much. It was all mangoes, coconut water and I even sucked on large grains of sea salt for about 2 days- lol.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dmc View Post
          Thanks, Kenn, that's helpful. So would you say that drinking a liter of water with sea salt would do the same thing?
          No.

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          K



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          • #6
            Originally posted by dmc View Post
            Thanks, Kenn, that's helpful. So would you say that drinking a liter of water with sea salt would do the same thing?
            no


            what she said
            Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
            Starting Weight: 294 pounds
            Current Weight: 235 pounds
            Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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            • #7
              might consider "smart water" which is -- supposedly -- water plus electrolytes.

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              • #8
                coconut water is a good choice until the stuff from iherb comes (it usually gets to me in 2-3 days).

                I drink it when I've been sweating a lot.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the suggestions! The doctor had me so scared yesterday (and my screaming belly didn't help matters. I thought I was going to fall over and I have a horribly high threshold for pain as a former dancer) so I've already consumed some gatorade in the last 24 hours. But Cillakat, I ordered some of the alacer and in the meantime will drink coconut water. Hopefully, not information I'll need to know in the future!~

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                  • #10
                    There are a few sugarless (and artificial sweetener) free electrolyte powders out there too. I don't have any names off the top of my head but I bet you could google some up.

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                    • #11
                      Definitely ways around Gatorade. Look into electrolyte pills. My favorite brands are Thermolytes and Lava Salts. Most running or triathlon stores will carry them. If you like a little flavor, look at the electrolyte tabs you add to water. Hammer nutrition and a company called nuun make the best ones. Get the nuun "natural" ones, not the regular nuun tablets. I particularly like the ginger/mandarin flavor nuun naturals.

                      Cheers,

                      Dave

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                      • #12
                        You can also get electrolyte infused bottled water like Smart Water. Trader Joes carries a similar thing for less. That could work if you can't find the pills.

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                        • #13
                          Coconut Water has nearly the perfect electrolyte balance for humans. Drink up!
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                          • #14
                            Getting pregnant quickly would get around the problem, wouldn't it? Good luck!

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                            • #15
                              Adrianag, from your keyboard to the universe's ear!

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