When my husband had the stomach flu 5 years ago, he ended up needing IV fluids because he was so dehydrated.
He had been drinking Gatorade regularly, but the ER doctor explained that Gatorade is a horrible choice for the stomach flu because of its high sugar content. He suggested we keep Pedialyte on hand instead. Forunately, the stomach flu doesn’t happen that often in our home; but unfortunately, that meant the Pedialyte expired before we needed it.
Thankfully, the next time someone did start throwing up, I was able to make our own electrolyte drink. This homemade version is inexpensive, made with ingredients we always keep in the pantry, and quick to make. And it’s actually pretty tasty!
DIY Electrolyte Drink
**adapted from 100 Days of Real Food
- 4 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt*
- 1 cup juice (we like cranberry!)
*We use Real Salt all of the time, but I especially like it in this recipe because it’s packed full of minerals.
In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and salt. Heat until sugar and salt dissolve. Transfer to a glass pitcher or jar and add juice. Store in the fridge.
Serve chilled or over ice.
Now you have an easy and frugal drink to whip up next time someone in your family comes down with a tummy bug!