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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,218
5/14/13 8:13 P

I live in Florida and it is necessary to stay hydrated all the time... caffeinated drinks, such as coffee or soda, won’t work to keep a body hydrated. Yes, he needS to drink water but to eat fruits and veggies too as they also hydrate you.Potassium is a mineral that stabilizes fluid levels bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados, leafy green vegetables...even soup can hydrate a person...broth or chicken soup is the best really for FLORIDA.

seems I am always grabbing for a pear, peach, an apple and I eat a ton of berries they help alot especially when summer comes and everyday is 90 degrees.

If he can get celery, escarole, green salad like romaine, spinach, cabbage,cucumber and broccoli...they would help & are great choices. Maybe some berries to make an ice slushie....heck we all walk around with water down here in SW Florida....

I will pray for our Navy man.

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5/14/13 4:35 P

Sugar may be the culprit with his GERD... I know that when I drink too much sweet tea (I live in Georgia, not as hot as Florida, but we DO get pretty close!) it causes a flareup every time.

One of my favorite ways to drink water is flavored with fruits and such... add some lemon or orange wedges, maybe even mint or cucumber. Adds a lot of flavor, even a teensy bit of nutrients, and you can eat the fruit when you're done in the end. :)

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5/14/13 4:11 P

Thanks for some really great advice. I love my neph, but even he admits you gotta hit him up-side the head some times to get things through! emoticon I actually remember hearing something about pro athletes using pickle juice and his mom suggested Pedialyte, but not about adding it to the water you are already drinking.

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ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
5/14/13 11:15 A

So - he needs to maintain his electrolyte levels while drinking large volumes of water, but is finding that sports drinks aggravate his GERD. Gee, that sounds familiar! When I've been in the same situation, there were two different things that worked for me:

- a couple of shots of pickle juice during the day (seriously - just shoot back an ounce at a time)

- watered down Pedialyte: I would add an ounce or so to every glass of water (this is the infants' version of sports drinks - for me, it doesn't cause nearly as much reflux as the sports drinks do)

Please thank him for his service, and good luck in finding something that works for him!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
5/14/13 9:28 A

You might also pass this along.

Healthy Beverage Guidelines
Drink Up, But Drink the Right Stuff

Drinking consistently throughout the day to maintain hydration levels is the key. He can monitor the color of his urine to see how he is doing. If he isn't going very often, sign number one he isn't drinking enough. If it is dark yellow in color, sign number two. He should aim for it to be clear to light yellow and when it is, he has found the right level of intake.

Coach Tanya

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5/14/13 3:33 A

Perhaps heavily watered down fruit drinks would be fine, but whatever he chooses, he needs more fluids.


ANARIE Posts: 13,179
5/14/13 12:49 A

The important thing is to space that fluid intake out through the day and not drink huge amounts of water all once. If he eats enough at meal times, especially focussing on plenty of fruits and veggies, and drinks moderate amounts of fluid *before* exercising as well as after, then plain water is probably good enough. If he's not able to eat properly for whatever reason, then he needs to make sure that someone on the medical staff is aware of his medical issues. Unfortunately, just letting the instructors know isn't always enough, so it's important to have the medical personnel informed.

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5/13/13 11:23 P

My Nephew is in the Navy and currently stationed in Jacksonville, FL. He just posted a Facebook update stating that he had become slightly dehydrated today, and his instructors are pushing him to drink more fluids. He is not used to high humidity conditions ans a friend from back home suggested adding Propel or another sports drink. We'll, he has GERD and the sports drinks really aggravate it. I suggested he eat bananas, nuts, and drink a couple of glasses of milk to help keep up his electrolytes. Any other suggestions? Would really appreciate it. They want him drinking at least 6 liters of water a day.

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