I read today on Facebook that a woman's neurologist suggest she take ibuprofen for headaches and drink Gatorade. I would like to provide some information based on this advice.
Gatorade Thirst Quencher contains water, sucrose (table sugar), dextrose, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium chloride (table salt), sodium citrate,monopotassium phosphate, and flavoring/coloring ingredients; some Gatorade flavor variations use brominated vegetable oil as a stabilizer. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatorade
When I said "Sorry but I have to disagree, ibuprofen and Gatorade are both not ideal for optimal health. You can make your own Gatorade from citrus juice, honey, and a little salt - Gatorade has artificial colors and a bunch of crappy ingredients", I received this response -- "I am just telling you what the neurologist said to do. Gatorade has electrolytes in it. You could get Pedialyte instead."
Pedialyte ingredients: Water, Dextrose. Less than 2% of the Following: Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor,Potassium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Sucralose,Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, and Yellow 6.
"In other words, sugar water with salt and minerals added in, along with a generous dose of artificial colors and flavors. And you can bet that dextrose is derived from GMO corn." - MamaNatural
Oh, and in case you were wondering...
Ibuprofen inactive ingredients: carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polydextrose,polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, titanium dioxide.
This 'Neurologist' may have convinced one woman of a sure-fire cure to her migraines, but I beg to disagree. I don't believe ibuprofen, gatorade or pedialyte to be the best options for headache.
Can we try first to identify the root causes and focus on nutrition, hydration, and environmental factors?
In this specific case the young woman with the migraines (not the woman giving the neurologist's advice) had drunk approximately "12 cups of a coffee the day prior", with which she includes multiple teaspoons of white refined sugar to each cup, is in a regular habit of NOT drinking much regular water, and has a Scentsy artificially scented wax burner in every room in her house. If she changed none of these things and added on top gatorade and iburprofen to help her, do you think anything would heal or change? I think the answer is clear.
How can I continue to help people? Ask how much caffeine they drink, then how much water they drink. Find those environmental factors that may cause bodily harm. Are there toxins in your home? What do you come in contact with on a regular bases that is not serving your overall health? Just a little food for thought.
Try a homemade electrolyte drink recipe of water, your favorite fresh-squeezed citrus juice, a little honey and a little sea salt - I like pink himalyan salt. That's it! No artificial sweeteners or colors. Simple.
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