A few more electrolyte drinks

It’s been a while since I updated my Electrolyte Drink Mega-Review. As you may know, electrolyte drinks are first-line treatment for POTS and some other forms of dysautonomia. So I collated the sodium content, sugar content and approx. cost per litre in a handy table, accompanied by some written reviews.

Shotz electrolyte tablets in a tube, with heading Electrolyte Drink Mega-Review.
It’s in my sidebar and everything.

Something I’d like to address before going ahead with my newly-listed products is sugar content. I know sugar is a touchy issue with a lot of people, and let’s just say if you try the whole “sugar is a toxin and the reason you’re sick” nonsense here, expect to have your comment deleted. However, I understand electrolyte drinks can be very sugary and for one reason or another, people are looking for low- or no-sugar variations (myself included).

It’s worth noting that the sugar content of some electrolyte drinks actually helps with rehydration. A particular ratio of sugar:sodium:water can aid the gut in absorbing the solution more fully, and thus more rapidly alleviating dehydration. This may or may not be of use in a dysautonomia situation, but I thought it was worth mentioning as many question why sugar is in the solution at all.

 

Ok, on with the newly added drinks. I haven’t actually tested these (mostly because they seem like low-sodium, high-sugar wastes of time) but if I see a new product in the shops or have one suggested to me I’ll add it to the table for comparison’s sake.

 

A tube of Orange Flavour effervescent tablets.

Aldi EssentialHealth Effervescents with Vitamins B+C, Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc (orange flavour) are a new product to Aldi. They are effervescent tablets (duh) in a little tube. I bought them for the sake of reviewing, but passed them on when I realised the sodium content was a low-average 14.84mmol/L; with 18.7g glucose/L. It’s about on par with a mediocre sugary sports drink. (I know I said sugar serves a purpose, but at a far different ratio to this, with higher sodium and less sugar.) At $4.49 each (or $2.50/L), I wasn’t too cut up about it.

 

A tub of Aquaforce Electrolyte drink.

AquaForce Rapid Electrolyte Replacement Solution is a product often recommended by ME/CFS practitioners. Imagine my surprise when I found the sodium content to be 14mmol/L (eh) and the glucose 50g/L. Shit, that’s a lot of sugar. AquaForce costs $4.20/L (sachet), $2.71/L (tub), but I’d suggest not wasting your money on it. If you’re into powders in a huge tub, try Hydralyte Sports instead.

 

A small dropper bottle of elete electrolyte solution.

Finally, elete Electrolyte Add-In was strongly recommended to me by someone on a POTS support page. It’s a solution in a little dropper bottle you add to water to make it an electrolyte drink. Novel, but if my calculations are correct it makes a solution of only 5.53mmol/L sodium (no added sugar). Given the WHO Oral Rehydration Solution contains 75mmol/L sodium, I’d say this is a hard pass. It’s cheap at $0.66/L, but why bother? Just add a few grains of salt to your water instead.

 

These will all be added to my Mega-Review post so you can check out the full comparison there.

 

Just a note that as always, I’m doing these calculations by myself with a very foggy head. Many companies (particularly the more expensive ones) are completely opaque about the actual sodium/sugar content of their product, so I have to do a bit of detective work and calculate the ratios myself. So if you find an error, please let me know! And if you’re a company that deliberately conceals the make-up of their product to rip off sick people, I hope you step on a million tiny Legos.

 

 

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Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

4 thoughts on “A few more electrolyte drinks”

  1. Thanks for this. I buy supermarket Staminate mostly for my DH for rehydration during hot weather physical work. At around $1/ltr it is cheap and convenient. I chose that over other supermarket options because it was relatively low in sugar (16% – not too much more than WHO ratio) and some sodium, potassium and magnesium (undoubtedly not enough). My DH likes the taste so think I’ll get light salt to add to it. Is it hard to find?

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    1. That does sound cheap! Some of the options out there are so high in sugar you’d think they’d be dehydrating rather than rehydrating. Light salt is readily available at the supermarket. It’s usually branded as “Lite Salt”, for people who avoid sodium for health reasons.

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