The real reason why it’s important to stay hydrated

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Mom in kitchen (Image: Getty images)
Mom in kitchen (Image: Getty images)

You may not have heard of ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) therapy before, but chances are you or a family member have experienced dehydration.

How does it become serious?

Dehydration occurs when we lose a lot of fluids in the body and we lose more water than we take in.1  The effects range from mild to life-threatening. Rehydration is important for everyone but babies and the elderly, in particular, are susceptible to dehydration which can quickly become dangerous.2  Dehydration can cause serious conditions, including kidney failure, shock or even a comatose state.1

What to look out for?

Symptoms include dry mouth and tongue, heart palpitations, decreased urine output, light-headedness, no wet nappy in three hours in babies, and nausea and vomiting.1,2

Whether recovering from diarrhoea, a high fever or a hardcore workout, rehydrating the body is essential. If dehydration goes untreated, it could lead to serious illness or even death. Here’s where oral rehydration salts (ORS) come in. It’s an electrolyte solution used to hydrate the body and compensate for the loss of body salts and minerals.3 

World ORS Day 

World ORS Day is observed on 29 July to spread the word and highlight the importance of hydrating to protect from dehydration – dehydration often brought on by something as common as acute diarrhoea.3

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have been backing a simple solution for the past 25 years to combat dehydration caused by diarrhoea – and help reduce stool output.3 You may even have tried it at home as a family remedy. It’s a combination of water, sugar and salt – simple household ingredients that could save a life! It’s very important to include the correct amounts of each ingredient and while mothers are superheroes, most of us aren’t scientists.

That’s why products like Nudrate are so handy, its special formula helps moms’ to safely restore hydration and get you back on the go.4 Simply make sure you have it in your first-aid case or medicine cabinet – and be ready when someone in your household is in need.

Nudrate contains the ideal balance of quality ingredients and meets the World Health Organization standard formulation levels.3 It can even be given to babies as young as 3 months of age.4


Nudrate citrus
Nudrate citrus. (Photo: Supplied)

More about Nudrate

  • Nudrate aids in restoring electrolyte balance and rehydration.4
  • It speeds up the body’s recovery. 
  • Easy to make at home – just add water and choose between the blackcurrant or citrus flavours.4 You also have the option to choose to take your Nudrate with or without food.4

Click here to buy Nudrate and choose your preferred flavour. 

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Visit nudrate.co.za for more information.

For full prescription information refer to the packaging insert. *Note: The health references were supplied by an external client. Oral Rehydration Salts Therapy is effective to assist with the treatment of the early stages of dehydration. Consult a medical professional when treating the symptoms of dehydration – especially in infants and the frail. References: 1. Wedro, B. Dehydration Symptoms, Signs, Headaches & Other Effects. [Online]. From MedicineNet: https://www.medicinenet.com/dehydration/article.htm [Accessed 15 July 2020]. 2. Mayo Clinic Staff. Dehydration Symptoms and Causes. From Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/syc-20354086?p=1 [Accessed 15 July 2020]. 3. Nudrate packaging insert. 4. World Health Organization (WHO), Child Health and Development. ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS (ORS): A NEW REDUCED OSMOLARITY FORMULATION. From Rehydrate.Org: http://www.rehydrate.org/ors/expert-consultation.html [Accessed 15 July 2020].S0 Nudrate®. Each 5,3 g sachet contains: Sodium citrate 0,73 g, potassium chloride 0,38 g, sodium chloride 0,65 g, dextrose 3,38 g. For full prescription information refer to the package insert. Further information is available on request from the applicant. Complementary Medicine. This unregistered medicine has not been evaluated by SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use. Applicant: Costiway (Pty) Ltd. Marketed by: Ranbaxy (SA)(Pty) Ltd. Ground Floor, Tugela House, Riverside Office Park, 1303 Heuwel Avenue, Centurion, 0046. Tel: +27 (0)12 643 2000. Website: www.sunpharma.com
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