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Diarrhea pulls vast quantities of water from the body; very often intravenous uids must be given to babies, children and adults suf-
fering from the u because of this uid loss. Death often results from this loss from gastrointestinal illnesses, food poisoning, cholera
and dysentery. Drinking plain water and most other drinks just doesn’t help enough; too much of the water just goes right through the
system, losing even more than they can drink. Some electrolyte drinks, such as the World Health Organization electrolyte formulation
and Pedialyte, are very effective at replacing uids and, with the former, as many as 80% of the victims of cholera and dysentery
can be saved if they get the uids in time. If they could get them into a hospital with sterile I.V. uids the survival rate might be as high
as 92%.*
International relief teams in Bangladesh, Peru and Rwanda have done even better with VITALYTE and almost as well as they might
have with hospitalization, which is impossible for the vast numbers of aficted people, saving as many as 88% of the victims of
cholera and dysentery in refugee camps. The teams also used VITALYTE to keep themselves hydrated so they could keep pushing
themselves around the clock.
Parents give VITALYTE to their children when they are feeling miserable from diarrhea caused by the u, and they feel better and
recover much more quickly than with any other uids; the VITALYTE works even faster and more effectively than the competition. And,
the parents nd that they can function more quickly, feel better and recover faster. It’s especially benecial for people suffering f rom
dehydration and the malaise that goes with radiation therapy and chemotherapy; they are dehydrated, not only from the nausea and
diarrhea that often results from the treatments, but the therapy also causes uid losses from the cells.
Constipation too? Yes, but, in this case, dehydration causes constipation. The colon usually pulls excess uids from the digested food
material in the intestines so you won’t become dehydrated; certain viruses, bacteria and treatments interfere with thi s recovery process
and diarrhea or, at best, loose bowels, and dehydration results. On the other hand, if you are otherwise healthy, but somewhat dehy-
drated, the intestines won’t be able to leave enough water in the intestines to enable a bowel mov ement or, if you don’t have a bow el
movement often enough, so much water will be pulled from the colon that the material forms a “plug.” The main reason that older people
have to turn to these articial means of maintaining regularity is that they don’t think to drink enough water, and better yet electrolytes,
and in turn are constantly dehydrated. Most laxatives and the products used to “maintain regularity” cause water to be pulled into the
large intestines, loosening the material to be eliminated. This is one big benet of getting enough ber in you diet; the ber holds water,
permitting regular elimination. This is why ber is also important in preventing several serious intestinal problems, including colitis and
some forms of intestinal tumors.
You can see that drinking plenty of uids, as well as getting enough ber in your diet, is really all you need to do to maintain regularity.
Sometimes however, you just can’t do the things you know that you should and you nd yourself somewhat constipated. Try a few daily
glasses of VITALYTE and see how quickly and effectively this restores normal function! And, don’t forget to get plenty of grains, fruits
and vegetables as natural sources of ber in your daily diet.
By: Bill Gookin, No. 5 in a series of occasional reports on wellness and dehydration
* For 40 years athletes have known us as Gookinaid, but we are not just a drink for athletes.
Now the world knows us as Vitalyte™, a drink for everyone. Same fast, effective new name!
**This article is the opinion, advice and testimonial of the author and your results may vary. If you have a medical
condition involving dehydration or electrolyte imbalance, you should consult a physician before following this advice.
***Documentation on le.