Ileostomy, Oral Rehydration, Electrolytes, etc.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.
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:
- 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:
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 8 tsp sugar
- 4½ cups water
- 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:
- 25.2g sugar
- 2.1g salt
- 1 litre of water (about 1 qt)