Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Pedialyte, the drink for kids that adults can benefit from

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words by: Sahar Khraibani
May 20, 2022

A beverage that’s been around forever has gained in popularity over the last couple of years. And weirdly enough, we’re talking about Pedialyte. Pedialyte, made by Abbott Nutrition, is a medical-grade sports drink meant to relieve dehydration by replacing water and minerals lost during childhood illnesses, such as diarrhea or vomiting. These illnesses, however, are not limited to children, and anyone who has consumed alcohol after the age of 25 can testify that dehydration is a more common problem than we think it is.


However, Pedialyte isn’t useful just for people who consume alcohol. It’s important for athletes, and anyone else whose potassium and sodium levels, which are vital for survival, are wiped away by sweating, being sick, or simply aging. Pedialyte allows for the restoration of normal functioning faster than water, making it a better rehydration aid. Not only for post-workout sessions, but for competitive athletes who need to recover swiftly.


Pedialyte beats traditional sports drinks (you know, the one that starts with a “G”) in hangover recovery, just as it does in hangover prevention. It has more than twice the sodium and more than six times the potassium of Gatorade per liter. It also doesn’t have sugar, which can ultimately worsen dehydration by drawing water into the large intestine. Instead, artificial sweeteners are mixed in with the other components to create the various flavors.


In addition to this, I’ve personally consumed Pedialyte any time I start to feel a little sick—whether that was a flu or the common cold. A lot of people have started drinking it at the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, as the hydration seemed necessary for their recovery, helping their bodies replenish missing nutrients, and making it stronger to fight off the virus.


Even though Pedialyte is mostly known for children, the paradox of this beverage is that you tend to need it more as you get older. Adult use of Pedialyte climbed 57% between 2012 and mid-2015, according to Nielsen market research. It’s unknown how many of these adults used it to recover from weight loss and hot yoga, although hangovers are likely among the most common reasons.


I recommend having a stash in your cabinet for the days you’re feeling under the weather. You can store it in the fridge in bottle form or buy the dissolvable powder version which can be stored for up to 2 years and is great on the go.


In related news, here are the best foods and drinks to replenish your electrolytes.


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