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HYDRATION AND DEHYDRATION

Is it true that alcohol dehydrates?

Yes. Alcohol is also a diuretic and stimulates urine output. So yes, alcohol dehydrates.

Is it true that caffeinated beverages dehydrate?

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it stimulates urine output. However there is conflicting evidence as to whether beverages such as coffee actually dehydrate.

Are soft drinks or juices good for treating dehydration?

Most commonly-consumed beverages including colas, ginger ale, apple juice and even commercial sports drinks contain inappropriately high levels of sugar and low sodium content, so they are not ideal rehydration solutions.

Does air conditioning affect hydration levels?

Air conditioning drops indoor humidity levels considerably, and therefore has a drying effect on the body; increased amounts of water are lost through the lungs when the air is dry.

Can I get dehydrated in cold weather?

Yes. Even though most people associate dehydration with summer heat and sweating, cold weather can also dehydrate us. In cold weather the atmospheric vapor pressure decreases to nearly 0, causing an even greater loss of water from the lungs as the temperature decreases. This explains the dry feeling you get in your respiratory passages in cold weather.

Why is sodium so important in hydration?

Sodium retains body water, maintains hydration status, and works with glucose to enhance the water absorption process in our bodies. Many hydration drinks contain lower amounts of sodium because of its effect on taste. DripDrop retains a sodium level that is optimal for proper hydration, without compromising on taste.

How do I lose water and electrolytes?

The body is constantly losing water, mainly through breath as we exhale, and electrolytes within water through urine and sweat. Water and electrolytes must be replaced to maintain good health.

Is thirst a good indicator of dehydration?

Thirst is a good indicator of dehydration in normal conditions and in healthy people. But for many circumstances, it can mean you are already dehydrated. If you are exercising, if you are over the age of 50, or have high levels of fatigue or stress, the body turns off your sense of thirst.

How much water should I drink every day?

The daily minimum requirement of water you should drink everyday is the amount that equals the quantity you lose every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the adequate total daily water intake is about 3 liters (or 13 cups) for adult males and 2.2 liters (or 9 cups) for adult females. However, our body’s hydration needs are not constant; they are affected by everyday changes in diet, weather conditions, diseases, exercise levels, etc.

Is there an easy way for me to monitor my hydration status?

Urine frequency, volume and color are probably the best and most useful indicators of our body’s hydration level. If urine frequency and volume are less than normal, then your water intake has probably been inadequate. Dark yellow urine means you are probably dehydrated, whereas pale to light yellow urine color is a sign of normal water balance in your body. Totally clear urine indicates over-hydration. Importantly, thirst is not always the best indicator for dehydration; if you are over the age of 50, or have high levels of fatigue or stress, your body turns off your thirst receptors. So it is important to not wait until you feel thirsty to drink.

How do I know if I am dehydrated?

There are three “grades” of hydration – mild, moderate, and severe – which depends on the percentage of fluid and electrolytes your body has lost. Symptoms of dehydration generally become noticeable after 2% of our normal water volume has been lost. At this point you might feel thirsty, restless or irritable, decreased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, decreased urine output, sunken eyes, sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the top of a baby’s head), and an absence of tears. These are all signs of mild to moderate dehydration.

What are electrolytes and what do they do for us?

Electrolytes are mineral silts that are essential for maintaining the body’s water balance. They are also important for the normal functioning of the cells, especially our heart, muscle, and nerve cells. Essential electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, calcium and magnesium.

Is it possible to over hydrate?

Yes. If we over-hydrate, the water concentration of the blood increases, while the salt concentration is diluted, leading to a condition called hyponatremia. A sustained decrease in the blood’s sodium concentration alters osmotic balance, leading to an increased movement of water into the brain, which in turn leads to swelling. This can progress to confusion, seizure, coma, and even death in very extreme circumstances.

ORAL REHYDRATION SOLUTIONS

When should I stop using an ORS and contact my doctor?

If the signs and symptoms of dehydration continue for more than 24 hours, a doctor should be consulted. Medical care should be sought immediately if any of the following warning signs are present:

  • Severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Decreased urine or no urine
  • Very ill appearance, listless or fainting
  • High temperature (over 101°F)
  • Severe abdominal cramps

Can everyone use ORS?

ORS is safe and can be used to prevent and treat anyone suffering from mild to moderate dehydration. Adults need rehydration treatment as much as children, although children must always be treated immediately because they become dehydrated more quickly.

When should I use ORS?

ORS is recommended to treat and prevent dehydration resulting from vomiting, diarrhea and excessive sweating. It is a proven intervention endorsed by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Medical Association.

What is the difference between ORT and ORS?

Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is achieved through the use of oral rehydration solutions (ORS). ORT is the protocol; ORS is the intervention.

What is an oral rehydration solution?

An oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a mixture of electrolytes, sugar, and water taken by mouth to absorb water and electrolytes into the body and properly restore the electrolyte and fluid balance lost by excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea. ORS is an effective treatment for 90-95% of patients suffering from diarrhea, regardless of the cause.

What is oral rehydration therapy?

Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is a safe and effective medical intervention for mild to moderate dehydration that can be administered in any setting by both skilled and non skilled individuals, including the patient.

DripDrop

What recommendations do you have for accidental ingestions/exposures?

In a healthy person without any salt restrictions or medications that perturb normal sodium and potassium balances, there is little if any risk of DripDrop overdose.

Children or adults with normal cardiovascular and renal (kidney) function will dispose of any excess with little or no side effects except increased urine output and some edema (swelling) if a large amount is taken (2-4 liters) within a short period of time, such as within 1-2 hours. People with heart of kidney failure should consult their physician for recommendations or further testing if they fear they have ingested too much.

For people who must restrict their sodium intake, there is a chance that they may absorb too much salt if they drink large amounts of DripDrop. The symptoms of too much salt being absorbed would typically include swelling of the feet, eyelids and face.

When do you use DripDrop vs. water or other hydration beverages?

Remember that sweat, vomit, and diarrhea cause us to lose water and electrolytes. Water does not have electrolytes. DripDrop has 2-3 times the electrolytes and half the calories of sports drinks. It is safe enough to drink as needed to treat and prevent dehydration.

What is osmolarity and why is it important?

Osmolarity is a measure of the concentration of solutes in the blood. Physiologically, the lower the osmolarity, the greater the rate of absorption through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Having a low osmolarity means that the solutes – water and electrolytes – can be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and efficiently.

How does DripDrop work?

DripDrop works by leveraging the body’s most effective hydration mechanism: the Sodium Glucose Co-Transport System, where sodium and glucose trigger rapid water absorption in the small intestine. The precise combination of three ingredients — salts, sugars and water – quickly reverses the symptoms of dehydration; through the process of osmosis, the salts and sugars actually pull water from your gut into your bloodstream in the time it takes fluid to pass from your mouth to your stomach and into the small intestine.

Is DripDrop FDA approved?

DripDrop is classified as a “Medical Food” per the FDA. All of the ingredients are “Generally Recognized as Safe” (G.R.A.S.).

Who CAN’T drink DripDrop?

You should consult a doctor before using DripDrop if you have heart or kidney disease, or if you have electrolyte or fluid restrictions. You should also consult your doctor before giving DripDrop to a child under one year of age.

Who can drink DripDrop?

Nearly everyone can drink DripDrop: children over 1 year of age, adults, and the elderly can drink DripDrop every day. It is a safe and effective ORS that can be used in medical facilities, athletic settings, by the military in the field, and at home.

What is DripDrop?

DripDrop is an oral rehydration solution (ORS) that prevents and treats mild to moderate dehydration.

DripDrop INGREDIENTS

Is Zinc Aspartate different than Aspartame?

Yes, Zinc Aspartate is a common, naturally occurring amino acid. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in products such as Equal. DripDrop does not contain aspartame.

What is the source for the color dyes in DripDrop?

DripDrop’s colors are all natural. The source for our dyes is beta carotene, an organic, strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits.

Is DripDrop Kosher?

Yes. DripDrop has been certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Is DripDrop’s sugar derived from corn?

DripDrop contains sucrose, fructose and dextrose. Dextrose is a corn based sweetener.

Does DripDrop contain sugar, salicylate, or gluten?

Yes, DripDrop contains two natural sugars, sucrose and fructose, which were included because they have a lower glycemic index than glucose. And, of course, it contains small amounts of sucralose, an artificial sweetener derived from sucrose.

DripDrop does not contain salicylate or gluten.

Does DripDrop contain Splenda?

DripDrop contains sucralose, which is one ingredient in Splenda. If you have sensitivities to Splenda or sucralose, you should check with your physician before consuming DripDrop.

What is sucralose?

Sucralose is a safe, non-caloric sweetener derived from sucrose. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that “sucralose is safer than aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame-K, and cyclamate.” Sucralose is considered to be safe by the FDA, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada and the World Health Organization. There have been more than 110 studies on sucralose over a 20 year period, and the American Cancer Society says the studies have shown “no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health.” It has not demonstrated any adverse effect on special populations within the consuming public, including phenylketonuria patients, diabetics, pregnant women, and children.

Is DripDrop a natural product?

DripDrop does not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The only artificial ingredient is sucralose.

What does DripDrop contain?

DripDrop contains a balanced amount of electrolytes (Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Chloride, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Aspartate) and sugars (sucrose, fructose, dextrose and sucralose) to provide an efficient rehydration treatment.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AND MIXING

Does ice affect it?

Ice will affect the ratio of solution to water, especially if the ice melts. For optimal hydration, mix the solution with water according to the directions on the package.

Can DripDrop be consumed hot?

Yes, DripDrop can be consumed hot.

Are there any risks to consuming DripDrop dry?

DripDrop is not intended to be consumed dry.

Should DripDrop be taken with or without food?

DripDrop was formulated to be taken without food, however it can be safely taken with food as well.

Can you add more electrolytes, or “enhance” DripDrop?

DripDrop’s patented formula provides the best means of hydrating orally. Years of research and testing have gone into formulating the levels of electrolytes and carbohydrates into an optimal concentration (osmolarity) that allows the body to effortlessly absorb and digest DripDrop. Any alteration of the product may lead to less efficient uptake and digestion.

It is fine to use DripDrop in conjunction with products that contain proteins, amino acids, and carbohydrates, for example. We simply cannot guarantee the same hydrating results should our product be mixed with other products.

What types of liquid can the powder be mixed with? Can DripDrop be mixed with something other than water?

Mix DripDrop only with water. Any alteration of DripDrop or the recommended directions for use may lead to less efficient uptake and digestion.

How do I prepare DripDrop?

Simply mix DripDrop powder solution with water. Powder sachets vary by size so read the directions on the box to know how much water to mix the powder with.

  • 10g of powder reconstitutes to 8oz of liquid.
  • 21g of powder reconstitutes to 16oz of liquid
STORAGE AND STABILITY

If the product clumps or crystallizes, does this impact the effectiveness of the drink?

No. For best results, just make sure the DripDrop is adequately dissolved in the water.

How long after I mix DripDrop with water can I drink it?

We recommend consuming DripDrop within 6 hours after mixing the powder solution into water. If refrigerated, it can be consumed 24 hours later.

How long can DripDrop’s powder solution be stored?

An unopened package of DripDrop will last up to 2 years, though at that point the flavor profile may diminish.

Can DripDrop be stored in my pantry?

We recommend storing DripDrop in a dry, cool, convenient place in your home.

HYDRATION AND CHILDREN

What is the minimum age for using DripDrop?

DripDrop can be used at any age, though we recommend consulting a physician before using DripDrop for children less than one year of age.

How do I know DripDrop is safe for kids?

DripDrop contains ingredients that are generally recognized as safe (G.R.A.S.) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S.F.D.A.). Also, DripDrop is an ORS, a medically-proven hydration solution. Oral Rehydration Solutions and Oral Rehydration Therapy have been approved and endorsed by the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics for treatment of dehydration. Oral Rehydration therapy is a field that has been in development since its discovery over 50 years ago and saves more than 3 million children’s lives every year.

Does breast milk cause diarrhea?

No, breast milk does not cause diarrhea; in fact it contains protective substances, which help to overcome the infection-causing diarrhea, and is easily digestible.

Should I give breast milk during the DripDrop treatment?

Yes, allow your baby to breastfeed as much as he/she wants. This may be more than usual and that is good.

Can children who are vomiting be treated with DripDrop?

Yes, DripDrop rehydration solution actually reduces nausea and vomiting and restores the appetite through correction of acidosis and electrolyte losses. DripDrop should be given in small sips and regularly.

How do I give DripDrop to my child?

DripDrop can be administered with a spoon, a 20cc syringe, or through a sippy cup for young children. Older children can sip the solution slowly (waiting 10-20 seconds between sips). If your child is vomiting, make sure she drinks the solution slowly, in small sips, so that she doesn’t throw it up.

How can DripDrop treat dehydration in children?

First of all, it is essential to recognize the symptoms of a dehydrated child. Once you believe your child is dehydrated, start giving DripDrop oral rehydration solution right away by giving the child small sips of the solution. In a 24 hour period a child should consumer a liter of reconstituted DripDrop (powder solution).

What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration and children?

Dehydration can occur quickly in young children and should be monitored closely. The main signs of dehydration in children are:

  • Lethargy (less than normal activity)
  • Irritability
  • Decreased frequency of urination or dry diapers
  • Absence of tears when the child cries
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the top of the head in babies)
  • Dry or sticky mucous membranes
HYDRATION AND THE ELDERLY

How can older adults and their caregivers ensure adequate hydration?

Seniors should drink plenty of water at meals and between meals. They should be aware to replace lost fluid and electrolytes after fever, vomiting or diarrhea. They should also be informed about any medications that may cause increased water loss.

What are the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses in elderly adults?

Early warning signs of heat exhaustion, which may precede the more serious heat stroke, include excessive sweating, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache and muscle cramps. Then as exhaustion progresses, symptoms may progress to nausea, vomiting and fainting.

Heat stroke, though, is more serious, and it can set in within 10-15 minutes. Heat stroke is caused when internal body temperature rises much faster than it’s lowered naturally. If the symptoms of heat stroke are present, call 911. They include extremely high body temperature, the absence of sweating, confusion, seizure and coma.

Are seniors more prone to heat illness?

Yes. Heat illnesses are of special concern to senior citizens, because older adults are much more affected by summer heat. For instance, from 1999-2009, roughly 40 percent of all heat-related deaths in the U.S. – nearly 3,000 – were adults over 65 years old.

Are hydration requirements different for older adults?

Yes, our bodies’ hydration requirements change as people get older.  Older adults are more vulnerable to shifts in water balance, including both over-hydration and dehydration.  The body’s signals for thirst gets weaker therefore, after age 50, people may need to ingest fluids even if they are not thirsty.

HYDRATION AND SPORTS

Can I drink DripDrop if I have high blood pressure or am on blood pressure medication?

You should consult your doctor before taking DripDrop, but yes, DripDrop is safe to drink by people who have high blood pressure.

Can diabetics drink DripDrop?

DripDrop contains sucrose and fructose, both sugars with a lower glycemic index than glucose. Sucralose’s glycemic index is 0 and, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the amount of sucralose that can be consumed on a daily basis over a person’s lifetime without any adverse side effects is 9 mg/kg/day. DripDrop can provide an optimum hydration status, thereby preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar concentrations). That said, diabetics should consult a doctor before consuming DripDrop.

How much and what should I drink after exercise to replace sweat during exercise?

One kilogram of weight loss is roughly equivalent to one liter of sweat loss. Remember that sweat contains water and electrolytes, so the ideal fluid for rehydration is an ORS like DripDrop. After exercise, the amount of ingested solutions should be 1½ -2x as much as sweat loss in order to achieve full restoration of body fluids and electrolytes.

What is the difference between DripDrop and energy drinks?

Fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration and energy drinks treat this symptom, but not the underlying cause. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine or B vitamins and are consumed because of their proposed stimulating effect to keep us awake. DripDrop does not contain caffeine or stimulants of any kind.

Is it possible to drink too much water?

Yes, this condition is also known as water intoxication or water poisoning. While extremely rare, this state can cause hyponatremia (low blood sodium levels), which can be very dangerous. The ingestion of adequate amounts of fluids containing the correct balance of electrolytes during exercise can prevent this state.

Has DripDrop proven to be better at hydrating athletes?

Yes. In a 2013 rehydration study by Singapore’s DSO National Laboratories,, nine athletes performed 3 intense cycling time trials and hydrated with a different beverage each time – tap water, a sports drink and DripDrop. The findings included:

  • DripDrop hydrated more effectively: 34% more than plain water and 20% more than the sports drink; and
  • DripDrop contains 2-3 times the electrolytes than the sports drink tested..

How should lost fluids and electrolytes be replaced during exercise?

The American College of Sports Medicine suggests that fluid intake during exercise should be sufficient to limit any body mass loss to less than 2% of the pre-exercise state. And athletes should never drink so much that they gain body mass during exercise.

What causes dehydration during exercise?

The main cause of dehydration during exercise is sweating. During high performance exercise, the average sweat loss is 1-2 liters per hour, and may be more in some occasions. The elevation of the body temperature and the reduction in the circulating water volume are important factors that can lead to dehydration, fatigue, and decreased physical performance.

DripDrop AND SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Can I drink DripDrop if I have Sickle Cell disease?

Individuals who have Sickle Cell Disease can drink DripDrop.  DripDrop, like any oral rehydration solution, is an effective means to treat most forms of dehydration.  Used appropriately, under the guidance of a physician, DripDrop assists in preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis by restoring proper hydration. Due to the potentially serious nature of Sickle Cell Disease, we recommend that all individuals discuss using DripDrop ORS with their doctor.

Can DripDrop be administered through a nasogastric (NG) tube (a tube that goes from the nose to the stomach)?

DripDrop given via an NG tube or gastrostomy (“G” tube) should only be done under close medical supervision. The amount to be given should match the amount lost by diarrhea. Initially, in moderate dehydration, the dosage should be 20ml/kg/hour for 2-3 hours to match losses. Check for residual fluid in the stomach if patient becomes distended (bloating) or vomits. Slow the rate of infusion if residuals (measurable amounts of substance in the stomach( are ore than 50ml, until the residuals diminish.

Can DripDrop be administered to people with salt or other restrictions?

People with heart or kidney disease, or people who must restrict their intake of salt, electrolytes or water, should consult a doctor before consuming DripDrop.

Can I drink DripDrop if I am pregnant?

All the components of DripDrop are safe to drink during pregnancy but we recommend you consult with your doctor.

AVAILABILITY AND PURCHASING

Where can I buy DripDrop?

You can buy DripDrop online directly as well as through these retailers.