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Substitute For Gatorade?

My husband has mild type 2, diagnosed just before Christmas. He's taking metformin ER, doing well with diet - mostly counting carbs, readings are well within range, A1C has come down, and he's lost 20 lbs since Dx. The problem is that he has a physical job, performed mostly outdoors. Each summer for years, he has relied on Gatorade to prevent severe muscle cramping due to electrolyte loss. If he doesn't drink at least a quart of it on the hottest afternoons, he truly suffers in the evening/night hours. A quart of the drink has 57 g of carbs. If he drinks it, he won't be able to have lunch, which is not an option. Does anyone know of a no- (or very low) carb substitute? My husband has mild type 2, diagnosed just before Christmas. He's taking metformin ER, doing well with diet - mostly counting carbs, readings are well within range, A1C has come down, and he's lost 20 lbs since Dx. The problem is that he has a physical job, performed mostly outdoors. Each summer for years, he has relied on Gatorade to prevent severe muscle cramping due to electrolyte loss. If he doesn't drink at least a quart of it on the hottest afternoons, he truly suffers in the evening/night hours. A quart of th Continue reading >>

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  1. NewdestinyX

    Replacement option to Gatorade (for electrolytes)?

    The Northeast corridor of the US has been experiencing a very hot and rainless summer. Before my dx a year ago 7/15 -- I used to drink Gatorade like water. So I rarely experienced dehydration. This summer I've been careful to drink a lot of water -- but naturally I haven't wanted to suck on Gatorade bottles because of all the sugar. They don't make sugar-free Gatorade. But I have been having a lot of the classic symptoms of dehydration these last few weeks as it's gotten so beastly hot and dry. No matter how much water I drink.. - the letharic and slight stomach ache and slight headache and malaise that's classic dehydration feeling.. Pastey mouth..
    It occurred to me that you don't only need the H2O aspect of liquid but you also need to replenish electrolytes which Gatorade has. I think that's 'potassium'? Or is electrolytes its own chemical make up?
    Anyway.. I remember when I presented in the ER where they found my T2 -- they were puzzled that I had very low potassium levels which is not usual for T2's necessarily.
    But my question is -- what do we T2's drink or take when we're dehydrated and in need of electolytes? Are their Splenda or Nutrasweet drinks out there we can have?
    I personally get heart palps from Nutrasweet -- so I only use Splenda or Saccharin or Stevia.
    But any Gatorade-type drinks y'all know of - that are SugarFree?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. TracyFL

    Yep, Powerade Zero. Tastes pretty good and it's cheaper than Gatorade, too

  3. NewdestinyX

    Originally Posted by TracyFL
    Yep, Powerade Zero. Tastes pretty good and it's cheaper than Gatorade, too Probably with Nutrasweet though.. Right? And is there any caffeine in the Powerades?
    Thanks!

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