Clue up on Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and how it saves lives!
We’ve all suffered a horrible stomach bug at some point, or perhaps a bladder infection, so chances are you or a family member have experienced dehydration. And whether you’re recovering from a dreaded case of diarrhoea, draining illness with fever or a hardcore workout, rehydrating the body is very important – if it goes unnoticed, it could lead to serious illness, or even death. Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), an electrolyte solution used to rehydrate the body and compensate for the loss of body salts and minerals that we lose as a result of dehydration.
How does dehydration become serious? Dehydration occurs when we lose a lot of fluids and our water intake in the body is less than the fluids we’ve lost.1 The effects of this can range from mild to life-threatening. Rehydration is important for everyone, but especially so for babies and the elderly, who are susceptible to dehydration that can quickly become dangerous,2 leading to anything from kidney failure to shock or even a coma.1
What you need to look
Symptoms include a dry mouth, heart palpitations, decreased urine output,
light-headedness, eyes stop making tears, nausea and vomiting.1 ,2
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, which is frequently brought on by something as common as acute diarrhea.3
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been backing a simple solution for the past 25 years to combat dehydration caused by diarrhoea, and help reduce stool output 3. You might even have tried it at home as a family remedy – a combination of water, sugar and salt – simple household ingredients that could save you or a family member’s life!
However, it is very important to include the correct amounts of each ingredient, and while mothers are superheroes, we aren’t scientists. Handy rehydration products like Nudrate with a special formula have been created to help Hero Moms, so you can simply store it in your medicine cabinet and be ready when you or a family member is in need.4
Nudrate contains the ideal balance of quality ingredients and meets the WHO standard formulation levels3 – it’s even suitable for babies from 3 months of age.4
More about Nudrate4
- Nudrate aids in restoring electrolyte balance and supports rehydration.
- It speeds up the body’s recovery.
- It’s easy to make at home – just add water and choose between the blackcurrant or citrus flavours. You can also choose between taking your Nudrate with or without food.
Click here to buy Nudrate and choose your preferred flavour.
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. World Health Organization (WHO), Child Health and Development. ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS (ORS): A NEW REDUCED OSMOLARITY FORMULATION. From Rehydrate.Org: www.rehydrate.org/ors/expert-consultation.html 8/ [Accessed 15 July 2020]. 4. Nudrate packaging insert.
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