I've had a tough past couple of nights, I ate way too much of the wrong foods for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners (I couldn't help myself the foods and desserts looked too good). I've been drinking alot of Powerade and Grape Kool-Aid (it fills my bag quite a bit). I think it's helped, I've had quite a bit more energy. I'm actually going in for my reversal surgery on Tuesday. I hope recovery from this one will be easier than the first surgery. Thanks for asking about me, I'll let you know how my reversal surgery goes. Hopefully I'll be in and out of the hospital quickly and successfully.
I wish you the very best with your reversal; for the dehydration, you can drink coconut water, it's the best natural source of electrolytes you can get. I usually get mine at Wegman's or any health food store; I have to dilute mine half and half w/ water due to what my system tolerates, but usually you can drink one container a day; I see a nutrionist, that's who got me started on drinking it, it's much better for you than the other drinks with sugars , etc.
Blessings and prayers for your surgery,
I see a kinesiologist who also specializes in nutrition; she teaches classes at a local university. She advised me to drink the coconut water instead of gatorade and other 'sugar' drinks due to it being the best natural source of electrolytes available. It is actual coconut water, not milk and it doesn't contain any 'pulp' as I am on a low residue/fiber diet. I dilute one container half and half with water because I have a very sensitive intestinal system, but most people can drink one container a day or more if needed; it comes in containers like juice boxes-just a little bigger. You may purchase it at Wegman's or most health food stores, you can ask at these stores their recommendations for the amount to drink or my husband will be seeing our kinesiologist tonight and I'll ask her recommendation, but it's usually individualized; I'll let you know. I've never had any issues with dehydration and I've had up to 20+ bms a day so something is working . Let me know if I can be of any more help.
Blessings, prayers, and peace,
Thanks for the info. I too usually dilute my drinks with water. I've been drinking cranberry/black cherry juice for the past couple of years and dilute it. It's a good way to get lots of water... I like the flavor a lot. We have a couple of health food stores here in our town. We also have a couple of ethnic food stores. I will have to keep my eye open for this coconut water and try it.
Any other hints up your sleeve?! Always looking for new stuff to try...
I talked with my friend & she said anyone who has had a colectomy should only be drinking one diluted container daily. She also has me drinking a half of a packet of Emergen C ... it's loaded with vitamin C and the B vitamins, but I can only drink half a day...you can get the best deal on this at Sam's Club or you can get it at a health food store or Wegman's...I also take a half oz of Sea Aloe...it's loaded with many vitamins and minerals...you can read about it on-line...that's where I order mine...I drink that because it absorbs better into my system especially since I frequently go to the bathroom and most things don't stay in my system too long.
I use several essential oils...but that's another story...I've gotten into a lot of natural healing and health things since my surgery...if you want to know more just let me know.