Can diabetics drink electrolytes

Everyone has to drink. But how much and what?

How much fluid does the body need?
Which drinks are healthy?
Which drinks are unsuitable?
How do I manage to drink enough?
Which drinks help me with hypoglycaemia?

How much fluid does the body need?

Adults need at least 1.5 liters of fluid a day. During exercise or in great heat, it can even be 2-3 liters a day. In addition to this, the body is also supplied with fluids through food. If you don't drink enough, you get tired and tired, and you can get headaches and constipation.

The only exception: if you suffer from kidney or liver damage, it may be that you are only allowed to drink very little. Your doctor will advise you on the optimal amount.

Which drinks are healthy?

The best choice for quenching thirst are drinks without any calories or sugar, like Tap / mineral water (sparkling / non-carbonated) and unsweetened herbal and fruit tea. Water can be spiced up with lemon or lime juice. Cucumber slices, ginger or peppermint leaves also give a fresh taste if you let them steep a little in the water. Coffee, green and black tea are also healthy. Fruit juice naturally contains a lot of sugar, so it should be mixed 1: 4 or 1: 5 with water (1 part juice + 4-5 parts water). Or drink spritzer by mixing water with just a sip of fruit juice. The less sweet the better. This is also a great way to gradually wean yourself off of the sweet taste.

There are 5 categories in which water can be differentiated.

Natural mineral water is the water with the highest quality. It can be carbonated and naturally contains high levels of minerals such as calcium, chloride, fluoride, magnesium, sodium and sulfate.

Slightly less rich in minerals Drinking or tap water, but is subject to at least as strict controls to ensure drinkability.

Spring water Just like mineral water, it has a natural, underground source, but is somewhat poorer in terms of mineral content.

Table water has no natural origin and may be mixed with numerous additives. The name sounds very noble but mostly it is a mixture of waters of different origins.

Medicinal water is natural mineral water, which is said to have positive health properties. The effect must be scientifically proven and already counts to the medicinal products and no longer to the food.

In deciding which water to drink, you can just go according to your taste. Do you like your tap water? Great, then you will save a lot of money and also protect the environment. The mineral content (sodium, potassium, phosphate and calcium) only has to be taken into account if the kidneys are damaged. A preventive waiver in order to “protect” the kidneys makes no sense. Talk to your doctor about this.

Which drinks are unsuitable?

Sugary lemonades or energy drinks are not suitable for quenching thirst. They should be viewed as candy and, accordingly, rarely drunk. Those who regularly drink sugar-sweetened drinks increase the risk of getting fat and developing type 2 diabetes. Alcohol is not suitable. Smoothies are also not suitable for quenching thirst.

How do I get enough to drink?

Many people have problems reaching the recommended drinking amount of 1.5 to 2 liters a day. Drinking enough fluids throughout the day can be easy with a few tricks and practice. Here are a few tips for everyday life:

  • Drink a glass of water with every main meal.
  • Imagine a 1 liter water bottle in sight. Try to finish them off by after lunch. Refill the bottle and try to drink as much of the second bottle as possible in the afternoon and evening.
  • Also, remember to bring something to drink with you when you are out and about.
  • A drinking diary can also help to keep an overview at the beginning.

Which drinks help me with hypoglycaemia?

During hypoglycemia, drinks can help bring blood sugar back to normal levels quickly. In this case, sugared drinks and juice are the means of choice. Sugar can save lives in this emergency - a sugar-free drink will not help at all.

[Status: July 2018, CL]

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