Homemade Remedy For Dehydration
Becoming severely dehydrated can become life threatening. The most common cause of dehydration is diarrhea, which can be a result of food poisoning, drinking contaminated water, or other sickness or contamination. Those of us who have experienced any of these ailments know full well the extraordinary way in which your body can be put down by an invisible agent. Especially when in an environment of post-disaster or possible unsanitary living conditions, you are at risk of being inflicted with diarrhea and dehydration.
The key to recovery is to remain hydrated. A homemade rehydration solution from the recipe listed below could be a lifesaving mixture, and a palatable solution for someone who is ill and dehydrated.
Because plain water does not contain sugar, sodium, or potassium, which also is lost from diarrhea, it is important to consume plenty of fluids that contain these substances. Examples of such drinks include sports drinks, prepared rehydration solutions, chicken or beef broth, soft drinks, or bottled and flavored mineral water.
Antibiotics will sometimes resolve the symptoms of diarrhea. However, antibiotics won’t help with viral diarrhea, which is the most common type of infectious diarrhea.
Drugs that slow diarrhea are controversial. Some doctors don’t like their patients to take these medications because it slows the passage of the virus, bacteria, or parasite out of the body. If you wonder whether you should use any of the over-the-counter preparations available for diarrhea, ask your doctor.
A simple alternative to store-bought rehydration solutions is the following recipe from the World Health Organization…
Homemade Remedy Solution For Dehydration From Diarrhea
Clean water (4.5 cups or 1L)
Salt (1/2 teaspoon or 2.5mL)
Sugar (6 teaspoons or 30mL)
Clean water (1 cup)
Salt (1/8 teaspoon)
Sugar (1.5 teaspoons)
Oral rehydration solutions should be consumed or discarded within 12 hours if held at room temperature.
Sources include the World Health Organization, WebMD