Drinking water alone is not enough to stay hydrated! Our body depends on the correct balance of water and other fluids such as electrolytes to maintain normal bodily functions.
Replacing lost water and electrolytes with an oral rehydration solution (ORS) is the most important aspect of managing dehydration. Hydralyte, a hypotonic solution, is a scientifically formulated ORS based on the World Health Organisation criteria for oral rehydration therapy. Hydralyte contains the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes to allow for rapid and effective rehydration.
Tonicity rerefers to the ability of a solution to alter the internal water volume of the cell and is an important factor to consider when choosing an oral rehydration solution.
An ORS formula must meet two criteria – the correct balance of sodium and glucose, and the solution must be hypotonic.
Hypotonic solutions are used when the cell is dehydrated and fluids need to be put back intracellularly. A hypotonic solution is a solution that helps water move into the cell, thus hydrating it. A hypertonic solution is one where the osmotic pressure outside the cell is higher than inside the cell, causing water to be pulled from the cell and thus dehydrating it. An isotonic solution is one where the osmotic pressure outside and inside the cells is the same, thus resulting in no net movement of water into or out of the cell.
[It is important to note that water alone or sugary drinks (i.e. soda or sports drinks) do not contain the correct balance of sodium or glucose to allow for rapid hydration.]
To avoid dehydration, it helps to understand the role that water and electrolytes play in your body, how your body loses fluids and electrolytes and what you can do to keep your body well-hydrated. Both water and electrolytes play a vital role in keeping you hydrated. Water helps to maintain body temperature, digest food as well as lubricate tissues and joints. Electrolytes help to retain fluid and maintain good nerve and muscle function. To function correctly and remain healthy, our body requires the correct internal balance of water and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chloride. These components are derived from foods and fluids we consume and are lost via urine, sweat, saliva and other bodily fluids.
Causes of dehydration include vomiting and diarrhoea, heavy sweating, travel, excessive alcohol consumption, clinical conditions
Dehydration may not always be evident and can be overlooked whilst dealing with the causative agents. For this reason, young children and the elderly are more at risk of dehydration
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A: Water is the best hydration fluid for daily consumption. However if you experience dehydration, oral rehydration solutions are clinically formulated to contain the correct balance of fluid and electrolytes to allow for faster and more effective absorption of fluid and electrolytes by the body for rapid rehydration to cure dehydration quickly.
A: Drink Hydralyte when thirsty or exhibiting signs of dehydration, or while symptoms persist. However, seek medical advise if vomiting or diarrhoea persists for more than:
A: Hydralyte is suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, however, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have vomiting and diarrhoea, please seek medical advice.
A: Hydralyte is family-friendly for both kids and adults alike and is safe to use in children under 12 months - please refer to packaging for dosage instructions.
|Lactose or dairy products||No|
A: Hydralyte contains glucose at a low concentration, sufficient for successful rehydration. The sweetener in Hydralyte is sucralose, a modified form of table sugar, which has an excellent safety profile. There is no known safety concerns with sucralose.
A: Hydralyte Electrolyte Powder does not contain any preservatives. Hydralyte Ice Blocks contain small amounts of potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Both these ingredients are found naturally in fruits such as oranges, lemons, cranberries, and help to protect fruit from mould.
A: Hydralyte does not contain any added fructose. However it contains natural flavours that may contain small quantities of fructose. If you suffer from dietary fructose intolerance (malabsorption), Hydralyte will generally be well-tolerated. Should any unpleasant symptoms arise, cease taking the product. If you suffer hereditary fructose intolerance, consult your healthcare professional before use.
|Product Type||1 Serving||Per Serving|
|Ice Block||62.5ml||Approx. 4 Calories / 17 Kilojoules|
|Powder||1 sachet - 200ml||Approx. 12 Calories / 50 Kilojoules|