How to make ORS: simple recipe for you to make at home

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Who never had one of those food poisoning that make us spend the day on the "throne"? Everyone knows that vomiting and diarrhea are not pleasant, but you must understand that they are our body's reactions to eliminate something that did not make us well.

When we or our children go through this, however, you must have a care the most about dehydration because our body goes through a loss of intense liquid, accompanied by the loss of mineral salts and glucose.

One of the best and most inexpensive ways to replenish these losses is through the ORS consumption, which can be offered to adults, children and even animals. It just is not recommended for babies who are still exclusively breastfed - in this case it is better to maintain exclusive breastfeeding.

The recipe is very simple and requires only water, salt and sugar. However, despite its simplicity, it is necessary to follow the steps to the letter: if any ingredient is placed more or less, the serum can cause seizures, especially in children. Remember: the ORS should not be saltier than tears.

This paper presents two ways of preparing the oral rehydration: with or without the measuring spoon. The important thing is to choose their style of preparation and follow it carefully.

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Recipe 1: with measuring spoon

If you have the scoop on the UNICEF measure, the recipe for the preparation of oral rehydration is as follows:

  • 2 shallow steps sugar (higher side of the spoon)
  • 1 as shallow salt (lower side)
  • 1 cup of 200 ml of boiled water, filtered and bottled mineral

Simply mix all ingredients and drink slowly during the day, replacing fluids lost by the body. For small children, offers the serum by spoonfuls.

If you are interested, the measuring spoon is freely distributed in health centers and in drugstores.

Recipe 2: without measuring spoon

How to make ORS: simple recipe for you to make at home

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  • 1 tablespoon sugar and filled with soup (20 grams)
  • Salt 1 teaspoon (3.5 grams)
  • 1 liter of boiling water, filtered and bottled mineral

The method of preparation is the same: just mix all the ingredients well and take several sips during the day to replace fluid loss that occurs through diarrhea or vomiting. It is not recommended to take more than half a serum cup at a time.

Recommendations for oral rehydration

How to make ORS: simple recipe for you to make at home

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The ORS is valid for 24 hours. So if on a bit of an overnight, you should discard it and prepare a new recipe.

Read also: How to identify that you are with food poisoning?

Also, please note that the ORS will not cure vomiting or diarrhea, but replace fluids, minerals and glucose lost.

When these symptoms last for more than 24 hours, it is important to consult a doctor and follow all the guidelines passed by the professional. Never substitute a prescribed medication by ORS only, even in the case of an antibiotic.

If you go traveling, especially with children, it may be more practical to carry in your handbag a pat called "oral rehydration salts" or industrialized own serum, both sold in pharmacy. Serum sold ready is interesting for those traveling to places where you are not sure about the water quality.