The World Health Organization (WHO) provides this general formula for preparing you own rehydration beverage.
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 quart (or 1 liter) of good, clean water
"WHO" says that these measurements are very important, especially if you are seriously dehydrated (e.g., after a long bout of diarrhea). Wrong proportions can further upset your electrolytes.
- Do not use salt substitute (with potassium) as electrolyte balance will be upset.
- Generally refined salt without additives is recommended, although sea salt or iodized salt can be used for general (not severe) re-hydration.
- For general re-hydration, unsweetened Kool Aid can be added to make the drink more palatable. DO NOT ADD MORE SUGAR THAN SPECIFIED ABOVE, AND DO NOT USE POWDERED DRINK MIXES WITH ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER.