Homemade Pet Doggialyte (Pedialyte)

The best, easiest Doggialyte is purchasing Vita Coco Flavored Coconut Water.

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride that help maintain proper fluid levels in the body and regulate muscle function. When your body sheds fluids through prolonged sweating, vomiting or excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, mineral levels can dip and must be restored. For athletes, the most obvious symptom of electrolyte imbalance is muscle cramping, but other signs can include weakness, dizziness or heart palpitations. Hot yoga practitioners, who can lose up to 3 pounds of body weight due to sweating in the course of a 90-minute class, were prominent “early adopters” of coconut water as a rehydration beverage, due in large part to a sponsorship alliance between Bikram Choudhury — the founder of Bikram hot yoga — and Zico coconut water.

Potassium

Coconut water contains even more potassium per serving than the famously potassium-potent banana, delivering about 600 milligrams per cup, versus 362 milligrams in a medium banana. Potassium depletion is often to blame if you experience muscle cramping during exercise. Mayo Clinic notes that potassium is especially important for regulating the function of muscle cells in the heart and that blood levels below 2.5 mmol/L constitute a medical emergency. Athletes who experience heart arrhythmia during exercise should consult a health-care professional to rule out an underlying heart condition.

Sodium

One cup of coconut water provides more than 252 milligrams of sodium. Sodium works to maintain your body’s fluid balance; a low sodium level, or hyponatremia, is “the most common electrolyte disorder in the United States,” according to PubMed Health. Extreme hyponatremia is a potentially fatal condition caused when cells in the brain absorb too much fluid, causing the organ to swell within the confines of the skull. In a tragic example in 2009, a 28-year-old Sacramento woman died after she participated in a radio station’s contest that challenged contenders to drink as much water as possible without going to the bathroom. Marathon runners who drink water too frequently during a race are also prone to the condition.

Calcium and Other Minerals

One cup of coconut water provides about 58 milligrams of calcium. A cup of milk with 2 percent milk fat, by comparison, contains about 350 milligrams of calcium. Although calcium deficiency likely will not produce immediate symptoms, over time it can lead to osteoporosis, in which bones become increasingly porous and prone to breakage. The Food and Nutrition Board recommends adults between the ages of 19 and 50 get about 1,000 milligrams of dietary calcium per day. Coconut water also contains minor amounts of magnesium, at 60 milligrams; phosphorus, at 48 milligrams; and zinc, at 0.24 milligrams. For those nutrients, the FNB recommends a daily intake for adults of about 400 milligrams, 700 milligrams and 10 milligrams, respectively.

 

Phillips’ Dawg House Homemade Pedialyte Recipes: (for pets and humans!)

 

Recipe #1

  • 2 cups of juice (we like to use juice with cranberry, such as cranberry, cran-grape, cran-apple…)
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (Himalayan, Celtic sea salt or Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use table salt.

Directions: There are two ways to make this:

  1. Heat juice on stove top on medium heat (do not boil), add sugar and salt. stir until the ingredients are completely dissolved. remove from heat and let cool. Add coconut water. Serve.
  2. Quick directions: Mix all of the ingredients together and serve.

You can also freeze it into cubes.

Recipe #2

  • 2 cups of water (boil to purify or bottled drinking water)
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan, Celtic sea salt or Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use table salt.
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar , honey, fructose or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or juice

Mix salt, sugar, and jello (or juice) and sugar with hot water until dissolved. Stir in the 2 cups of coconut water. cool before serving. You can also freeze it into cubes.

Recipe #3

  • 3 1/2 cups of cold coconut water
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons of powdered jello
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. Pour the jello, sugar, and salt into a pitcher.
  2. Add in the boiling water and stir until the powdered ingredients are completely dissolved.
  3. Add the coconut water, stir, and refrigerate.

Recipe #4

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, honey, fructose or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Jello gelatin powder/mix, any flavor

Instructions: Mix salt, sugar and Jello with hot water until dissolved. Stir into 3 1/2 cups of coconut water and serve. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Recipe #5

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, honey, maple or fructose syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 packet Kool-Aid or juice

Mix all ingredients together and serve. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

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