There are many reasons you could be suffering from dehydration—heat, illness, and even travel. Sometimes drinking plain water just won’t cut it for getting you on the way back to health. To help you rehydrate and feel better quickly, Skratch Labs created a real fruit fluid and electrolyte replacement drink mix safely formulated for both children and adults.
The Skratch Rescue Hydration Mix appears to be modeled after the standard Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) often used to combat dehydration in developing countries. An effective mixture usually contains water, sugar, sodium, and sometimes potassium. When dehydration is severe, the therapy also includes supplemental zinc.
Since its introduction and development for widespread use in the latter part of the 20th century, oral rehydration therapy has decreased human deaths from dehydration, especially in cholera epidemics occurring in children. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.
When you are dehydrated or sick, you are not absorbing the needed amount of water and salts. Sugar or glucose facilitates the absorption of sodium, which pulls water along with it into your system. Both sodium and potassium are needed to replace the loss of essential ions and citrate corrects the acidosis that occurs as a result of dehydration.
The Skratch Rescue Hydration Mix is made from cane sugar, sodium citrate, dextrose, potassium citrate, citric acid, salt, lemon juice, lime juice, zinc picolinate. The solution provides (per liter): Sodium- 65 mEq, Potassium- 13mEq, Chloride- 13mEq, Zinc- 0.3 mEq, Calories- 140. As a comparison, the WHO recommended oral rehydration therapy recipe can be seen above.
Skratch Rescue Hydration Mix retails for $1.95 for a single pack to $14.95 for an 8 pack. Definitely a good solution to have on hand or throw in your pack just in case.