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Reaches QUICKLY the Parts Plain Water Doesn't
Member Name: luckyarchers
Date: 12/02/13, updated on 26/07/13 (312 review reads)
Advantages: Quickly improves the symptoms of dehydration.
Disadvantages: Those with diabetes, liver or kidney disease should get advice before taking.
== When and How to Take ==
When we have sickness, diarrhoea, or do extreme physical exercise in very hot conditions, we are in danger of becoming dehydrated.
To recover quickly we need not only water, but also essential salts that we have lost through sickness, diarrhoea and/or extreme sweating. Dioralyte contains glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate.
I use Dioralyte sachets to reduce the risk of dehydration during heat waves and to help re-hydrate my body during bouts of sickness and diarrhoea. Healthy people can usually drink enough liquids to keep them well hydrated during hot weather, but as my digestion is inefficient, I always have some in my medicine cabinet for such times.
There are groups of healthy people who may benefit from drinking these due to extreme physical exertion in hot conditions, for example firefighters.
I was first introduced to these rehydration sachets nearly 30 years ago, when my GP prescribed them for my daughter, then only a few months old, when she had diarrhoea and sickness. Always get advice from a doctor if you think a baby may need this medicine, and used cooled boiled water to mix the powder with.
For adults mixing the power from one sachet with 200 ml of tap water is fine.
Dioralyte should be mixed with water just before it is to be drunk. If the whole 200 ml cannot be drunk straight away, or at least within the hour, store the remainder in the fridge for a maximum of 24 hours. If adults don't feel sick it is best to drink the whole dose as soon as possible, but otherwise I have found that it is best to drink small sips to help keep it down.
== Taste ==
Dioralyte sachets come in packets of 6 in Natural, Citrus and Blackcurrant flavours.
The natural flavour tastes nothing like I have experienced before and is the least appetising, especially when I have an upset tummy.
I find the citrus flavour more pleasant, but the BLACKCURRANT variety is the one that TASTES BEST to me. I think most people must prefer the blackcurrant flavour, as it is the one that is most widely stocked.
== Alternatives ==
There used to be another brand widely available called Rehydrate and also own brand equivalents at Boots, Superdrug and Sainsburys. However, I have not seen these on shop shelves, or on the internet, for over a year now.
Dioralyte has quickly improved the symptoms of dehydration when I have drunk it after sickness, diarrhoea and/or excessive sweating.
I regard Dioralyte as an essential part of my first aid cabinet and prefer to take the blackcurrant flavoured version.
Full price is about £3.75 for a 6 sachet box, so I try to replenish my stock when they are on special offer, as I know I will need then sooner or later.
Summary: Dioralyte power, mixed with water, quickly improves the symptoms of dehydration.