March 10, 2016
[@503] Now that my colon has been diverted, I need to make sure that I stay hydrated throughout the day, and particularly after meals. I also have to be wary of electrolyte imbalance, specifically potassium and sodium. « Next Day Previous Day »
Most ileostomy guides provide recipes for various homemade mixes for people who are not fond of Gatorade or Pedialyte. I have a pretty serious aversion to drinking calories so I was looking for low caloric options too. Costco caries Glacéau Smartwater, but at over a $1 per bottle, it's kinda spendy. Additionally my understanding is that without glucose (sugar), intestinal sodium (salt) is not well absorbed.
Since I had some cranberry juice from before the surgery, I looked for a recipe, and found this:
Which makes 1 quart of a pretty disgusting watered-down salty concoction. I tried playing around with the amount of juice; It didn't help.
- 2 cups of cranberry juice
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tsp of salt
I saw quite a few recipes using OJ, so I started mixing:
Basically watered-down fizzy OJ. Next:
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 8 tsp sugar
- 4½ cups water
Not bad tasting, quite sweet, and very caloric. I tried halving the juice, not bad either, but hardly my favorite.
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tsp corn syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 six-ounce can of frozen orange juice
Even though I had seen it everywhere, I never tried the World Health Organization Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS):
I figured water + salt + sugar would be pretty bland. How wrong was I?
Turns out that it tastes like soft water, has few calories and is super easy to make:
I prefer grams since I've never seen anyone being to able to get a teaspoon to weigh the same amount twice. I also use pink (Himalayan) salt because I read somewhere that it tasted better, etc. I'm sure sea salt would be fine too. [@138] [@708]
- 25.2g sugar
- 2.1g salt
- 1 litre of water (about 1 qt)