The Dangers Of Pedialyte

It is no fun dealing with the flu and possible dehydration, which can be a very serious condition.

Do you reach for Pedialyte or Gatorade to replace electrolytes and rehydrate?

Do you call the doctor (who will tell you, “Give Pedialyte.”)
Pedialyte has become the go-to drink for sick babies and children since being introduced in 1966 by Abbott as the first ready-to-feed oral electrolyte solution.
Abbott also manufactures Similac, Pediasure, Ensure and other similar beverages.
These products contain many sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, dyes, GMO ingredients and chemicals.
Since the 1980s Pedialyte’s off-label use in the sports arena has grown. It is now fashionable to pay twice as much for a bottle of Pedialyte than to drink Gatorade, which has similar ingredients.
What did parents and athletes do before Abbott saved the day by inventing Pedialyte?
Somehow a highly processed drink with dye and artificial ingredients has been raised to the status of Holy Health Water. I posted a recent Facebook status with a warning of the dangers of Pedialyte and got impassioned volley of comments about how I was giving out "deadly" information.  For the uninformed commentor, Pedialyte IS dangerous and you SHOULD avoid it.
Maybe it won’t hurt you too bad if you have it once a year when the flu comes calling , but why introduce toxins into an already compromised body? I'm not taking my chances.
Read the following:
“My daughter started giving my grandson Pedialyte at 6 months due to a stomach virus per the doctor. Well he is almost 8 months and she is still giving him 3 to 4 cups of Pedialyte daily and I am concerned that it is not good for the baby.”
Google the phrase “addicted to Pedialyte” and you’ll find some strange things happening in the world.
…she is “addicted to Pedialyte (we mix her meds in, and she LOVES it)”
 “On a lighter note, I think I am officially addicted to Pedialyte.”
… “Beau is addicted to Pedialyte from a syringe since he was sick with dental problems.”
Why are doctors prescribing Pedialtye for children when several of the ingredients in Pedialyte are health-damaging?
Problematic Pedialyte Ingredients (Grape) 
  • Dextrose
  • Artificial Flavor
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Acesulfame 
  • FD&C Red #40, Blue#1
Sweetener: Dextrose (a simple sugar, glucose) made from genetically modified corn(unless organic dextrose is used).
Artificial Flavor Russell Blaylock, MD and neurosurgeon has written extensively about the damage that artificial ingredients and flavor do to the brain, impacting memory, mood and behavior.
Artificial sweetener: Sucralose (Splenda)
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener made from chlorine, a known carcinogen.
Dr Janet Starr Hull said this about Splenda:
  • Sucralose (Splenda®) is a chlorocarbon and is more accurately compared to ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides.
  • The chlorocarbons have long been known for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. It should be no surprise then, that the testing of sucralose reveals 
  • it causes up to 40% shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system.
  • Sucralose also causes swelling of the liver and kidneys, calcification of the kidney, fertility issues in male rats, and gastrointestinal problems in pregnant rats. and the Splenda Toxicity Information Center collect reports of adverse reactions after consuming Splenda (Sucralose):
    • Gastrointestinal problems (Isn’t this why parents give their kids Pedialyte?)
    • Seizures, dizziness and migraines
    • Blurred vision
    • Allergic reactions
    • Blood sugar increases
    • Weight gain
    • Water retention
    • Swelling in legs and hands, bloating
    • Rash
    • Blood pressure increases

Artificial sweetener: Acesulfame.

Regular consumption of Acesulfame means regular exposure to the chemical methylene chloride, known to cause:

  • headaches
  • depression
  • nausea
  • metal confusion
  • kidney and liver problems
  • visual disturbances 
  • cancer in humans
FD&C Red #40, Blue#1
  • Linked to cancer, asthma, allergies, hives
  • may lead to temper tantrums, aggresive behavior, fidgeting, anxiety, and inability to concentrate
  • nausea and headaches are also common 


Natural Electrolyte Replacement Beverage

 Coconut Water:

 Coconut water is the water from young coconuts (not hairy brown coconuts). It will hydrate the body and replenish electrolytes. Coconut water has been used in remote locations as an intravenous hydration solution (don’t try that with Pedialyte)

Coconut water is natural and children love it!

       Real Coconut Water, 9.5 oz bottle
  • potassium - 600 mg
  • sodium - 42 mg
  • total carb - 10 g
       Pedialyte, 8 oz
  • potassium - 184 mg
  • sodium - 244 mg
  • total carb - 8 g
Go to this website to get a recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink!
So the next time you or a loved one is sick consider using one of these natural alternatives to the common Pedialyte poison. 
Use this website as a resource for better health!


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