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June 11th, 2007
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Gatorade: A modern miracle of science
Gatorade Fact No. 1:

I don't know how they did it, I really don't. But it's always been my experience with Gatorade that it tastes really good when you need it, and sort of meh when you don't. So: Useful rule of thumb is, if you're thirsty, you drink Gatorade and it tastes meh, you need more plain water.

Gatorade Fact No. 2:

Gatorade is not properly balanced as an oral rehydration solution. It's quite efficient at dealing with sports fatigue (it is a liquid, and on top of that it has loads of quickly-processed sugars for your body to refuel), but drinking straight Gatorade is Not A Good Thing if someone is into the deep stages of acute dehydration.

If you're out, for example, hiking on a long distance trip, make it a practice to keep a packet of oral rehydration salts in your first-aid kit. If you're really concerned about the ~1 ounce of weight, and you'd rather budget energy drinks than emergency gear, then you can alternate Gatorade sips and water sips, 1 to 1, to dilute it for maximum absorption. But Gatorade is hard to restock and all too easy to drink before you need it. ORS are there to save lives, and do their job invaluably when they're needed.

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Date:June 12th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Gatorade Fact No. 3:

Their lab techs suck. At work, we're collaborating with them on a hydration study, and they never, never, NEVER send us samples in the right form. It's always the wrong vials, not enough sample, things labeled improperly, etc. Thirsty bastards.
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Date:June 12th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Regarding both facts:

I should really stop being surprised at the veracity and usefulness of the body care things I have intuitively discovered in seven years of camping of the hiking-swordfighting-swimming-dancing-drinking variety. And someone actually brought the salt tabs this year; they were a godsend.

Relatedly, pomegranate juice also tastes 100x better when you actually *need* the sugary antioxidant love, and should be diluted just the same if you need to chug it.
Date:June 12th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
It was developed at the University of Florida to help the football team, originally. Which is, 'natch, where the name comes from, as the UofF Football team is known as the "Gators". (the field is known as "The Swamp", needless to say, but said anyway)
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Date:June 12th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
The same is true of many other foods - if you're hungry for it, they can taste a whole lot better. I'd guess this is doubly true for some foods once you have experience eating them at appropriate times.
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Date:June 12th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Which must mean that I always need chocolate...
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Date:June 12th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
My cue for when I need salt is when I take some straight... and can barely taste it at all. When I get to the point that it's horribly cringe-producingly bitter/salty, I stop. (It doesn't usually take much.)

It may be a clue as to the Gatorade thing -- you can't taste the electrolytes as much when you need them, so the flavor doesn't have that undertaste of sweat.
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