Stomach flu is the worst, especially when you are watching your young child deteriorate in front of your eyes. Making sure our littles get enough electrolytes is essential to a quick recovery, which is why I made this homemade electrolyte tea!
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals found in the body such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium. They carry out important functions like maintaining proper water both in and out of cells, enabling muscles to relax, prevents cramping and enables transmission of information from your brain to the rest of your body. Without a proper balance of electrolytes, our cells and organs cannot function.
When a person vomits, electrolytes are lost and must be replenished to feel better.
Doctors recommend Pedialyte…
Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Pedialyte’s Advanced Care…
“Blue Raspberry Liquid: Water, Dextrose. Less than 1% of the Following: Galactooligosaccharides, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, Blue 1, and Red 40.”
This drink is unnatural, full of sugars and artificial flavors and colors. And let it be known that Citric Acid is not derived from fruit! It is made from fermenting the fungus A. Niger and genetically modified sugar beets. So this is an unnatural ingredient made via use of GMOs. In my opinion, Pedialyte is a chemical cocktail and not what a body needs for nourishment.
What I give my son…
Once I am certain my son is done vomiting, I can quickly and easily prepare this tea for him. I chose Hibiscus Tea because it is easy on the stomach and contains Vitamin C, which is a plus. It also ends up looking like juice which is great for any six year old! The raw honey can restore needed sugars and the Celtic Sea salt contains trace minerals from the sea which can quickly restore electrolyte levels. While it is possible to ferment drinks with a culture in order to achieve probiotics naturally, I needed something quick and so I simply sprinkle a small amount of a probiotic capsule into the tea once it is cooled. Nothing fancy – just something fast to help him get better fast.
This recipe is intended for the recovery stage, once the vomiting has ceased. If you want to get some minerals into yourself or your child before you are sure the vomiting is through, try using warm water with some sugar and salt. I feel that the honey, tea and probiotics will be too rough on a sick stomach. I use hot water +a teaspoon of sugar + a pinch of sea salt. My son likes it much better than plain water and it seems he keeps it down better.
Let’s drink to a speedy recovery!
Dugdale, III, MD, David C. “Electrolytes.” MedicinePlus Online. 3 Aug 2013. 29 May 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm
Moncel, Bethany. “What is Citric Acid?” About.com 29 May 2014. http://foodreference.about.com/od/Food-Additives/a/What-Is-Citric-Acid.htm
C. P. Lentz, D. S. Clark. “SUBMERGED CITRIC ACID FERMENTATION OF SUGAR BEET MOLASSES: EFFECT OF PRESSURE AND RE-CIRCULATION OF OXYGEN.” NRC Research Press Online. 29 May 2014. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/m61-054?origin=publication_detail&journalCode=cjm#.U4fLMvldXIc