Never expected to be writing this post today, but my five year old woke up this morning telling me his tummy was upset. Three trips to the bathroom later, and I knew I would need something to help him slowly recover.
Lucky for me, I know a few home remedy experts that are a great help to us. One thing I have against Gatorade and most every other hydration product on the market is the sugar content. There are a few products you can buy at your local organic or natural grocery store that don’t have sugar, but they are pricey.
We don’t drink pop, sports drinks, “vitamin water”, or much juice at our house because we have been off sugar for a few months – and don’t ever want to go back on it again! So when my little guy started feeling bad today, instead of jumping in the car and spending a bunch of money on gas and sugar-laden products, I decided to try my friend’s remedy. So far, so good. He’s been keeping it down. Time will tell if he gets better today — and if anyone else gets what he has. Heaven forbid.
In case you get sick with a throw-up virus in your house and need a hydration remedy, here’s what my friend Barbara sent me:
- 1 quart hot water
- 2 tblsp honey
- 1/4 tsp pink salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- Dissolve ingredients in the warm/hot water and stir until translucent.
- Give 1 spoonful every 20 minutes and see if you are able to keep it down.
- Drink it slowly to help absorb as it goes down.
Before you start dishing this out, though, be aware, you should wait at least 20 minutes after you or your child gets sick to begin putting anything else in the body. My friend suggested ice chips, sucked on slowly, and then after you can handle that, begin with one tablespoon or so of this liquid mixture every 20 minutes for a few tablespoons. We then moved to about 3/4 cup of this in a tippy cup with a gluten-free matzo cracker. So far so good. He’s calling it his “honey drink”. My friend said to resist adding more honey even though you think it tastes like it needs it. She also suggested warm ginger tea with a touch of honey after you are feeling better to calm the stomach. Here’s to our health – and yours – and to getting the word out about how bad sugar really is.
P.S. There’s a documentary out in Austin this week at the Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills called Fed Up. I saw it last week and think it should be required viewing for every American. I’ve already given up sugar – but it gave me more resolve than ever. And lest you start believing (like one of the women in the movie) that giving up sugar means I don’t eat chocolate, you would be SADLY mistaken.
See the trailer below…
Catch it if you can before they quit showing it! I love the tag line on the movie ticketing site: “Congress says pizza is a vegetable.” Yeah, riiiiight.