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clonehead
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   Posted 10/4/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Gatorade has a lot more flavors today than I remember as a kid.  I was never a fan of the fruit punch, and because I almost always had the lemon lime as a kid when I was sick, it is tough to drink that without mentally associating it with being ill. 
 
However, I have tried most of the new flavors now and all the powerade flavors (at least those available in the Midwest.)  For Gatorade, I like "Rain Berry" and "Strawberry-Orange".  I find those very tasty, and not at all like I remember the Gatorade of my youth.  I like plain orange, and the "frost" flavors, especially the light blue and the light purple.
 
As far as Powerade goes, the Mountain Berry (dark blue) was the only one I tried for the longest time (that's the flavor they have at McDonald's around here.)  I don't like their Orange flavor, but I do like their Grape better than Gatorade's. 
 
A few unique flavors of theirs that I like include Strawberry-lemonade and Sour Melon.  They also have a White Cherry flavor that has a unique, somewhat tart taste. 
 
What's your favorite?
Crohn's Disease for 22 years
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14

1 Resection: 4" at terminal ileum + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
Current meds: Humira (since March 2011)
Also take: monthly B12 injection, Calcium, Multivitamin

Becky77
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   Posted 10/4/2011 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Love the light blue and light purple. They're my favorites.

I don't use the ones I love for preps though so I don't "ruin" the taste by associating them with preps.
Becky

Crohn's since 1997
Surgeries: 2 Bowel resections, appendix & gallbladder removed
Pulmonary Emboli & Pneumonia 2009
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Prozac, Calcium, Vit D, Aspirin, B12 shots

pb4
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   Posted 10/4/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, but I wouldn't touch either with a ten foot pole...they are full of nasty junk in my opinion and there are much better options like water with some fresh fruit added to them (lemon, berries) for flavoring...or even adding a touch of Stevia to water would be better for you than those powerade and gatorade type drinks.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
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vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

Nanners
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   Posted 10/4/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Well you are entitled to your opinion PB4, but I respectfully disagree with you. Even my GI recommends that I drink Gatorade when I am feeling dehydrated. He said to take sips of it every 5 minutes. I have been drinking a strawberry/watermelon for a few years now. I actually drink Gatorade everyday. It really helps me in those bad times. I can't stand the Pedialyte type drinks, they actually taste too sweet to me and leave a yucky aftertaste in mouth.
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dfdavedf
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   Posted 10/4/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry but have to add one vote in pb4 column. In addition to fruit or organic fruit juice you can add a sugar free electrolyte mix like ELETE. You get all the positives with none of the negatives. If you want more "sugar" add some raw honey. Sorry but I am off that kind of stuff. If I can not pronounce the ingredients I do not eat them
Dave
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pb4
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   Posted 10/4/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dave, I know not everyone will ever be on the same page but it's nice to know that some of us are.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

clonehead
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   Posted 10/4/2011 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate that an extremely restrictive diet has worked for your disease, but that doesn't work for me.

Becky - I just used the light blue for my miralax prep for a colonoscopy I had today. I hope it didn't ruin my taste for it.

Chugging some Rain Berry tonight, yummy!
Crohn's Disease for 22 years
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14

1 Resection: 4" at terminal ileum + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
Current meds: Humira (since March 2011)
Also take: monthly B12 injection, Calcium, Multivitamin

pb4
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   Posted 10/4/2011 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Um, I'm not on an extreamly restricted diet, I simply don't eat/drink processed foods or fast foods...that's not restrictive, it's just eating/drinking healthy is all.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

mtgman
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   Posted 10/4/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
i vote for light blue and light purple gatorade! and i love when they are on sale for 59 cents each...we fill up the whole cart and have our "drink pantry" full for quite a while!
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2 years...it's been one heck of a ride!

Nanners
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   Posted 10/5/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay diet etc is a highly personal decision. Lets just respect that some have success drinking Gatorade and some don't like drinking it. Some like exercise, some can't do it as much. We are all different, and what works for one doesn't always work for all. Just respect that one fact, and we will all get along. Thanks!
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, Folic Acid and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

nenagirl
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   Posted 10/5/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Lime "rain" is my favorite Gatorade flavor, followed closely by the blue frost or berry :). They used to have a cranberry orange for a short time and I liked that as well.

I cannot tolerate Pedialyte due the artificial sweetener in it.

I have problems with staying hydrated (I am an ileostomate w/Crohn's disease) as well as stage 3 kidney failure, so maintaining hydration is crucial. My gastro insists on the Gatorade (or Powerade/similar, no artificial sweeteners) because it is, from a medical standpoint, a balanced salt solution - the ratio of carbs/sodium/potassium/water is such that it facilitates quick absorption to maintain proper electrolyte balance. While I do drink plenty of water, too, if I don't drink the Gatorade regularly, I will become dehydrated, no question (been there, done that).

That said, I think individual preferences depend on individual needs :).

Lovely985
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   Posted 10/5/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I love the blue powerade and almost any gatorade except lime and orange.Actually my favorite gatorade is fruit punch now that I think about it. I don't like the frost one because I have bad memories about mixing it with the powder for colonoscopies.Blah:(
Diagonosed with Crohn's of the Large and Small Intestines Sept 2010
had been suffering for 2 years before
Previously had 3 fistulas and 4 abscesses and had a fistulotomy and drainage
Meds: Started Humira 10/17/2010

grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 10/5/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My favorites are the low calorie green or purple ones. They taste like lime and grape kool-aid to me!

I was never a huge fan of gatorade and never bought it myself, but since living in the desert hell that is Las Vegas, I ended up with heat stroke once and have had to drink it periodically ever since. Even though I drink water constantly through out the day and never leave home without a bottle, I have learned the signs of when my body needs the electrolytes and always keep a couple bottles on hand. It's still not my preferred beverage of choice, but I have accepted that my body needs it periodically.

Roni
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   Posted 10/5/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Gatorade Natural is available in certain US cities, according to the website. They have orange and berry (low cal). I'd love to try the orange one. Probably tastes like Mcdonald's orange drink, which I haven't had in years.
Wiki says the natural line is coming to Canada in 2011—I'll have to check around.
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/5/2011 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Another in the PB4 column if that is OK. I eat a lot of garbage but the sugar in sports drinks just doesn't make sense to me. It is a good hydration tool though when needed.

nenagirl
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   Posted 10/6/2011 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't necessarily like all the sugar/calories in Gatorade either, FunGuy. As my GI doc explained it, it is needed (in that quantity/ratio) for optimal, swift absorption. He compared it to the ratio of dextrose to the other electrolytes (potassium, saline, etc.) in a Ringer's lactate IV for rehydration commonly given in hospital. Basically the same mix - 2 different methods of delivery. Again, it all comes down to the immediate need of the individual as to what works best for them.

Roni, I will be looking for the Gatorade Natural when it becomes available near me, thanks for the heads up!

Post Edited (nenagirl) : 10/6/2011 10:28:06 AM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 10/6/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
nenagirl, thats pretty much like what my GI said about Gatorade too.
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, Folic Acid and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

artist guy
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   Posted 10/6/2011 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had heat stroke, thats really what caused my downward spiral, any way, my gi said mix half water half gatoraide, but not straight water, because it will rinse to many salts out of your body when you sweat that are so vital when you are under weight like Iam

AG

FunGuy
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   Posted 10/6/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI said it works well also. I just don't like it. Guess I will have to take my medicine............

ozonehole
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   Posted 10/7/2011 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Where I live in Taiwan, Gatorade is almost unknown. The local brand equivalent has the appetizing name Pocari Sweat. Yes, I do see the logic behind the "sweat" moniker, but I think it would be a hard sell in an English-speaking country.

Wikipedia has a page, complete with photo:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocari_Sweat

Doesn't taste too bad, but not memorable. A bit like salty lemonade.

champagnekindofgal
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   Posted 10/7/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in a tiny town and work in Tomahawk, WI - a beautiful town of 3500. We have some of these flavors, but strawberry powerade is my usual. I drink Powerade Zero as the sugar in the regular feeds the yeast infections I get in my mouth ... I struggle with mouth and espougheul ulcers.

I had learned only recently that Vitamin Water didn't have the needed electrolytes in it ... and when I'm in a flare, the formerly mentioned water and fruit juice wouldn't be enough to keep me hydrated.

I just ordered electrolyte tablets from our local surplus store that I can put in any drink and not have all the extra chemicals that are found in Gatorade and Powerade .. anyone else have a source to buy a product like this? They don't sell online, but if you wanted to call our local store, they do ship, here is their info: http://www.tomahawksurplus.com/
Has anyone used a product like an electrolyte tablet or drop and have any suggestions?

Thanks!
Recently married 46-year old, mother to 3 sons and 3 step children - my recent online dating venture worked! Love is the best tonic! Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 via pill camera. 2010 ileitus and hospitalization - now on 50 mg Imuran. Suffer from Crohn's of esophogus and mouth. Sept 2011 Flare and struggling.
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