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Oral hydration remedies for dehydration from exhaustion, diarrhea and more

Updated on December 1, 2011

After moving to India, I am no stranger to dehydration from exhaustion, heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach infections and environment in general. No longer are there neighborhood service stations from where a bottle of Powerade or Gatorade is easily available. Here are a few equally effective oral homemade remedies that can be use to rehydrate your body. These remedies to hydrate your body are based on my own experience and have been used by myself, friends and family members. You should consult a GP or an equally qualified doctor or medical practitioner before you try these for yourself.

Lemon juice with an extra pinch of salt (or any other citrus fruit)

Add lemon to a glass of water and top it off with a pinch of salt, sugar and an ice cube for a revitalizing drink that will help in bringing your hydration levels back to normal
Add lemon to a glass of water and top it off with a pinch of salt, sugar and an ice cube for a revitalizing drink that will help in bringing your hydration levels back to normal | Source

Many people find freshly squeezed lemon juice an instant mood booster, let alone combating dehydration. Lemon, or for that matter many other citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, an essential nutrient which is well known for its anti-oxidant properties. Freshly squeezed juices of such citrus fruits make for a great drink when the body is dehydrated. However you should know that Vitamin C has been known to induce diarrhea when consumed in extremely large amounts.

How much do I use?

Add sugar, salt, ice cubes and slightly less than a quarter of a small lemon to a large glass of water.

Sugar and salt water

I use this amount of salt and sugar in a large glass of water and mix it well. Adding an ice cube or two makes it a little more interesting.
I use this amount of salt and sugar in a large glass of water and mix it well. Adding an ice cube or two makes it a little more interesting. | Source

Tried and tested is what sugar and salt water is all about when it comes to rehydrating the body. For those of you who did not know, the combination of sugar, salt and water have been a part of oral rehydration methods for centuries. Salt mainly contains Sodium Chloride and we all know that Sodium is the kind of rehydration. The best part of this homemade remedy is that the two components are not things that you'd have to go out and buy from the supermarket because virtually all homes have salt and sugar lying around.

How much do I use?

About a quarter of a tablespoon of each sugar and salt mixed with a big glass of water.

Churned yoghurt or curd with an extra pinch of salt

Any yoghurt, including greek yoghurt is fit for the job as long as you have a tablespoon or two. Blend it well or simlpy churn it with a glass of water and add salt and sugar to the concoction. If you want to add an extra zing, try cumin seeds powder
Any yoghurt, including greek yoghurt is fit for the job as long as you have a tablespoon or two. Blend it well or simlpy churn it with a glass of water and add salt and sugar to the concoction. If you want to add an extra zing, try cumin seeds powder | Source

To try this homemade remedy to fight dehydration all you need is some Yoghurt. Take a spoon or two of plain yoghurt, mix it with about half a glass of water and churn it. You can do it either in a blender, a handheld churner or even a quick whisk with a big ladle. Add some salt and sugar and you're all set for a rehydrating tonic that has fluid content, electrolytes and the added benefits of Yoghurt. If you are planning to give this concoction to someone suffering from diarrhea, tread with caution because not everyone's stomach favors Yoghurt.

How much do I use?

Take two tablespoons of Yoghurt and mix it with a glass of water. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar.

Oral rehydration salts mixed with water

Using oral rehydration salts mixed with water is a great way to rehydrate your body. They are available worldwide in powder form in sachets and contain a mix of electrolytes like Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Citrate, Dextrose etc. This concoction may not taste the best, but is definitely one of the most effective ways to rehydrate the body and also recommended by experts during bouts of diarrhea or vomiting which leads to excessive fluid loss from the body. As a general practice, many people prefer to keep a sachet or two of such oral rehydration salts in their kitchen drawers.

How much do I use?

A tablespoon of oral hydration salts with a glass of cold water.

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    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      randomcreative

      That's absolutely right. Dehydration can happen anytime and it is great to know about remedies that can be easily prepared at home. After all, nothing better than rehydrating in the comfort of your own home without having to step out, don't you think?

      I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for commenting!

      Princesswithapen

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! Even if you live somewhere where items like Gatorade are more readily accessible, it's great to have some at home remedies at your fingertips, too.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      steph

      Funny you say that because there's actually a company that calls its product something on the lines of 'Oral Rehydration Salts...." Even WHO has a recommended Oral Rehydration Therapy that talks about rehydration during the illnesses mentioned above.

      Thanks heaps for stopping by and I'm glad you liked this hub.

      Princesswithapen

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi mathair

      Dehydration, along with an illness like diarrhea or other infections where there is extreme fluid loss from the body can be a deadly illness. I'm often out on the run whether it is travelling or more travelling. Rehydrating the body is always at the top of my things-to-do. I'm glad you liked this and I hope you can use these tips to combat dehydration.

      Princesswithapen

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi tirelesstraveler

      Salt has NaCl or Sodium Chloride and we all know that Sodium is an essential electrolyte. Sugar, can be your little energy boost. In my experience, a pinch of salt and sugar make all fluids and drink fit for rehydration! I'm glad you liked these ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

      Princesswithapen

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      carol3san

      Thanks for your appreciation and vote.

      Princesswithapen

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      These are great. I have always wondered what was meant by the term. For some reason I imaged some brand name hydrating solution. Voted up.

    • mathair profile image

      mathair 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      I regularly suffer from dehydration. Thanks for the tips.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Always looking for ideas like this. Drink the lemon water Never thought to add the sugar and salt-Thanks for the ideas

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      Carolyn Sands 

      6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi, Great hub; thanks for the info. You get a vote up.

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