That dreaded illness that has us on the toilet, bucket on lap, having a hard time recalling what “well” feels like… viral gastroenteritis – what we usually call “the stomach flu”. Caused by viruses that attack the stomach and intestines, the most common symptoms are cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Stomach flu spreads via the “fecal-oral route,” which is just as gross as it sounds. Basically, viruses from infected feces or vomit find their way into our mouths. Being diligent with hand washing is your best defense.
Due to fluid loss through watery diarrhea and vomiting, you are at serious risk of dehydration. Fluids must be replaced, however you’re also losing sodium, potassium, and other minerals, known as electrolytes, and they also need to be replaced.
We have all heard of Pedialyte, and likely at some point someone has recommended it to you as a good electrolyte replacement. Pedialyte contains artificial sweeteners (Sucralose) as well as a rainbow of artificial colours and flavours. Sports drinks aren’t a great choice either, because of their sugar, chemical and artificial colouring content.
Instead of heading to the store to buy either of these options, try making your own drink from ingredients that are likely already in your pantry and fridge.
- 1 tbsp local honey
- 500ml coconut water
- ¼ lemon, squeezed
- 1/4tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
Simply shake all ingredients in a mason jar. It is that easy.
This is a great drink for recovery from illness, but also an excellent sport drink for both adults and kids. I wouldn’t recommend the drink for kids under 12 months.
Remember to stay hydrated every day. Hydration is critical to health and well-being. If you are suffering with the flu today, I wish you a speedy recovery!