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Old 08-25-2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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Electrolyte Drink Suggestions?

Hi, Folks,
My doctor has advised me to start drinking sports drinks that provide electrolytes, esp. sodium, since I am running low--she says due to all the water I'm drinking.

Trouble is, most I see are just loaded with carbs and sugar. I did find two Gatorade products, G2 and Propel, but they're still 7-3g of carbs per 8 oz., and may not seem like a lot, but it adds up.

Has anyone found a good alternate?
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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I bought but have yet to try it - PowerAde Zero
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Several years ago (before doing low carb) I found a recipe to make "Gatorade". Here is my low carbed version:

* Exported from MasterCook *
GATORADE - HOMEMADE - 1 Gallon
Recipe By :Adapted by BCW
Serving Size : 16 Preparation
Categories : beverages misc
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
128 fluid ounces water -- (16 to 24)
2 teaspoons Morton Lite Salt -- (salt & potassium)
8 tablespoons lemon juice -- (1/2 cup)
1/3 sugar equivelant (or 8 pkt Splenda - 1/3 cup Splenda Granular -or 8 drops Sweetzfree) or to taste


Preparing
Mix all together in a non-metal container.

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"Imported from the Usenet-group: alt.support.diet.low-carb"
Yield:
"1 gallon"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 2 Calories; 0g Fat (0.0% calories
from fat); trace Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg
Cholesterol; 152mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Fruit.
NOTES : PS Do you know where Gatorade was developed? At the University of Florida for the Gators!

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HOMEMADE GATORADE -- 2 servings
Imported from the Usenet-group: alt.support.diet.low-carb
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Ingredients
16-24 oz. water
1/4 tsp. Morton Lite (salt & potassium)
1 tsp lemon juice (change to 1 TBsp)
1 packet A/S (Sweetener) (2 tsp sugar equivalent)
Preparing
Mix all together
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
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This was a double post (don't know how it happened, but the first one left this off:

I have also added KoolAid to this to make different flavors.
I used 1 package for each 64 oz water.

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:57 PM   #5
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Like crazywoman-n-wy, I do a mix of lemon juice and salt for an electrolyte drink. Mine is much less formal though.

Glass of water
Juice of half a lemon
Pinch of sea salt

It helps to squeeze your lemon juice into the glass and add your salt to the juice, then let it sit for a few minutes as the lemon juice will dissolve your salt. Then add in your water. It tastes a LITTLE bit salty, but you'll be surprised by how much the lemon juice really cuts out the salty flavor. It tastes best with some ice.
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I like the homemade versions but I'm wondering why you're drinking enough water to wash out your electrolytes? Could you just cut back on your water consumption?
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:14 PM   #7
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Maybe take a potassium supplement?

These foods contain fair amounts of potassium

4 oz beef (sirloin) 495 mg
4 oz grilled salmon – 480 mg
1 cup chopped chicken breast meat – 358 mg
2 Tablespoons tomato paste – 342 mg
(chocolate is high in potassium) (make it sugar free of course)
1 cup raw cauliflower – 303 mg
2 T peanut butter – 240 mg
1 cup black tea - 88 mg
1 cup yogurt – 573 mg potassium ([COLOR=#3366cc]Info on yogurt in low carb diets[/COLOR])
1 4 oz pork chop (boneless) – 514 mg
1 cup cooked chopped broccoli – 458 mg
˝ avocado – 436 mg
1 medium banana – 422 mg (higher carb)
1 small peach - 150 mg (higher carb)
˝ cup cooked spinach – 420 mg

I hope this helps.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:45 PM   #8
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Well, I am an iced water finatic...have it in front of me while I work, plus I drink several cups of coffee in the morning and iced tea in the afternoon. Guess you could say I'm a heavy drinker. On top of that, I'm using BP meds with a small amount of diuretic in them, so I guess it all adds up.

I hate to cut out the water as I do believe it's so good for you, especially when dieting.

Thanks for the recipes, BTW!
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Well it's GOOD for you, but not in excess as you've experienced!

Maybe just cutting back a bit would help.

I know my Mom had problems with electrolyte imbalance a few months back and they told her NO WATER - other drinks were OK but not water. Just sayin'!
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There is powerade zero which is great and then a drink called Fuze "slenderize." I like the dragonfruit lime. It is a 18.5 oz bottle with 2 servings and only 2 grams carb per serving. Has anyone heard of this or is it your market?
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have you ever tried Smart water? it is vapor distilled water with added electrolytes. to me it is the best tasting water, almost sweet.

and i also always get elete products, they make electrolyte tablets and a liquid that you can add to your water(no taste, no carbs). they give you the full range of electrolytes. their products are great and very affordable. i take a medication that messes up my electrolytes and by drinking smart water and using elete products i never have a problem.
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If you have a Trader Joe's, they have their own water with electrolytes now.
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have you ever tried Smart water? it is vapor distilled water with added electrolytes. to me it is the best tasting water, almost sweet.

and i also always get elete products, they make electrolyte tablets and a liquid that you can add to your water(no taste, no carbs). they give you the full range of electrolytes. their products are great and very affordable. i take a medication that messes up my electrolytes and by drinking smart water and using elete products i never have a problem.
Have never seen these products! They sound interesting, as long as they don't contain Aspartame. So many of these products do.

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If you have a Trader Joe's, they have their own water with electrolytes now.
Sure wish we had a Trader Joe's. None around anywhere even close.
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no aspartame in either of them, its just added electrolytes. more info on elete is very easy to find on google.
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There is powerade zero which is great and then a drink called Fuze "slenderize." I like the dragonfruit lime. It is a 18.5 oz bottle with 2 servings and only 2 grams carb per serving. Has anyone heard of this or is it your market?
I just love Fuze Slenderize products, but I didn't realize they had a version that has electrolytes in it. Can you tell me which one does?
At one time I found a Fuze sports drink w/electrolytes, low in carbs, at a closeout discount store, but can't find it now.
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I'm drinking a Smart Water right now. Bought at Walmart
Ingredients listed on bottle: vapor distilled water + electrolytes (calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate)
No calories, fat, sodium, carbs or protein.
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I'm drinking a Smart Water right now. Bought at Walmart
Ingredients listed on bottle: vapor distilled water + electrolytes (calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate)
No calories, fat, sodium, carbs or protein.
That one simply doesn't have the one electrolyte that the original poster was told she specifically needs, sodium, which should always be paired with potassium. I guess the makers assume everybody has too much salt anyway, which is a pretty big assumption.

Sodium:Potassium
Calcium:Magnesium

All our electrical and muscle systems (including entire nervous system, heart muscle, etc.) and bone balance and water balance/pressure and so on, require these electrolytes to function.

If you're going to keep drinking that water, eat more potassium rich foods as listed above. Add salt. Take a good calcium:magnesium supplement that has both of them, preferably the same amount of each. Save yourself a ton of bucks and recycling.

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You can find this online and it has no sugar or carbs, according to their site.



[COLOR=#162fa3]E-Lyte Electrolyte[/COLOR]

Personally, I think you can get in more electrolytes by eating foods that are high in them. JMHO

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the electrolytes arent the only reason to be drinking smart water. i primarily drink it because distilled water is the cleanest water you can get. besides the lack of sodium in it is easily fixed by adding a pinch of celtic sea salt. i do that in the summer when i am outdoors a lot/sweating.

elete tablets are great because they contain potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, phosphorus.
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I did find some Powerade Zero at the store today, and it's just what I was looking for but never noticed before. Taste isn't bad, not too sweet, and it's refreshing, so thanks for the suggestion!
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Powerade zero can be found in most walmarts and safeways, anywhere that carries powerade should be willing to carry zero. Smart water is great tasting also. I really thought the Fuze I drink had electolites but upon closer reading does not. I am sorry for false info. (Still low carb and great tasting thought.)
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Bekki, Your recommendation for Fuze Slenderize was great, even if it doesn't contain electrolytes. It's a great, refreshing drink for those watching carbs.

NOT for dieters: Has anyone ever tried the Fuze Peach drink...it's like a cream drink and might be a blend? OMG--it is out of this world!!! I tried it before I got into this shape, wouldn't touch it now, ha.
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Is the doctor actually concerned about your sodium being too low??

It doesn't make sense that you would need to drink electrolyte drinks with sodium, to help you retain water... and at the same time be taking a diuretic, which acts to make you eliminate sodium and decrease your water retention. Its two things working against each other.

Its more likely, you are either taking a diuretic that causes issues with potassium loss or potassium retention. Either way, potassium out of wack is bad and your doc should be helping you adjust medication type, doses, and possibly supplementing potassium.
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another vote for SmartWater.

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The company that makes emergen-C also makes a no sugar electroylte powder that I use all the time. It has sort of a lemony bite to and tastes very good. It's in a green box and is usually with or a couple rows below the emergen-c in the health foods or supplements isle.

I learned a long time ago, when I need electrolytes, the water with them tastes good and when I do not, it is so so.

Amazon has it listed, product name is Emergen-C ElectroMIX Packets.

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Is the doctor actually concerned about your sodium being too low??

It doesn't make sense that you would need to drink electrolyte drinks with sodium, to help you retain water... and at the same time be taking a diuretic, which acts to make you eliminate sodium and decrease your water retention. Its two things working against each other.

Its more likely, you are either taking a diuretic that causes issues with potassium loss or potassium retention. Either way, potassium out of wack is bad and your doc should be helping you adjust medication type, doses, and possibly supplementing potassium.
No, it definitely is the sodium. It isn't a major concern, just has been low for several blood tests. I know--I told the Doc that it seems contradictory to try to control BP and then add salt drinks. I was told, "True, it's a delicate balance, but you need to do it." Other electrolytes are fine.
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Coconut juice has lots of electrolytes (naturally). I just bought some in a can and it has no sugar added, but 10 carbs, 0 fiber, 10 sugar (just from the coconut). It's a 16 oz. can, so you could get two servings out of it -- if you can afford the carbs.
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Smart water and Fuze are my favorite these days. powerade zero is a good alternative too. Fuze came out with a new tea!!!!
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you actually don't need a sports drink to up your electrolytes. coconut water is a natural source and unbelievably healthy. just check the brand (like anything else) because some companies decide that you wanted added sugar and crap in it.

here is some info about coconut water:

* Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk - Less fat and NO cholesterol!
* Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice - Much lower calories
* Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk
* Coconut water is naturally sterile -- Water permeates though the filtering husk!
* Coconut water is a universal donor-- Its identical to human blook plasma
* Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage - The same level we have in our blood.
* Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.

"Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue... and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!", according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization.
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Anniemo, thanks for the information on coconut water--I never realized there was a difference between that and coconut milk until I did a search. However, from what I can see, I don't believe there's sodium in there, is there? I did see potassium.
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