A question that may arise when we’re thinking about treating dehydration is which non-carbonated drink to consume. For a few of us, we choose what we’re familiar with or what we see people around us consume. At other times, we choose what’s readily available to us at the moment of purchase or need. But there is a different option that we should consider and it’s an Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS).

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In this blog, we’ll look into what a non-carbonated drink is along with an Oral Rehydration Salt. Towards the end, we’ll provide the facts for you to help you decide between choosing a non-carbonated drink or an Oral Rehydration Salt. We’ll also let you know the best ORS electrolyte drink that you can choose.

Non-Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks are the drinks you see that bubbles and fizzes because of the added carbon dioxide. Some examples include soft drinks and beer. A non-carbonated drink is the opposite of a carbonated drink, so it doesn’t have carbon dioxide. Examples include fruit juices, iced tea and milk.

Oral Rehydration Salts

An ORS is an oral fluid that helps to restore the lost salts and water from dehydration. It is a salt and sugar based solution where the salts are mixed with water before it is consumed. An ORS is primarily used to treat and prevent dehydration. 

Non-Carbonated Drinks vs Oral Rehydration Salts

When you’re choosing either a non-carbonated drink or an ORS, which product type is the best drink for hydration? We’ll first have a look at the non-carbonated drinks.

If you search ‘benefits of non-carbonated drinks for hydration’ online, you won’t find many relevant responses. In fact, we changed our search to ‘benefits of flat carbonated drinks for hydration’ and all the authoritative articles we had a chance to look at recommended consuming an ORS over a flat carbonated drink for hydration. But why would people still consume a non-carbonated drink for hydration?

The first reason could be because of availability. People are more likely to purchase a product that is easily available. You could be near a supermarket or a convenience store, and they’re bound to have a non-carbonated drink ready for purchase.

Another reason is because of the perceived health benefits. For example, some people are under the impression that fruit juices are healthy. However, it should be noted that some fruit juices are high in sugar.

Someone may choose a non-carbonated drink to hydrate because of the product taste. Some people have their favourite flavours and some people love the sweet taste of non-carbonated drinks. But even though it tastes good, can it hydrate you?

The World Health Organization identified that drinks with excessive sugar content, such as fruit juices, can lead to hypernatraemic dehydration. This refers to water being drawn from the tissues into the bowels, leading to diarrhoea1.

In a publication called the Archives of Disease in Childhood, the authors concluded that there’s barely any information available saying that carbonated (including flat) drinks were good for rehydration but there were multiple articles determining its inappropriateness. They stated that flat carbonated drinks provided inadequate fluid and electrolyte replacement, hence should not be recommended2.

What about sports drinks? Sports drinks are popular as they can replenish electrolytes. It also contains carbs which can provide your body with energy. However, sports drinks like Gatorade are actually consumed by people who aren’t as active as they should be. This means that people are consuming excess amounts of sugar and sodium throughout the day3.   

So why are the authoritative sources recommending an ORS over a non-carbonated drink? Firstly, an ORS is designed specifically to treat and prevent dehydration. Whether dehydration occurs through physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption or from the heat, an ORS is a suitable product to have in your pantry just in case dehydration occurs. An ORS contains the ideal balance of electrolytes and sugar (glucose) to help with rehydration.

Since 1978, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been recommending consuming an ORS to rehydrate when experiencing diarrhoea. An ORS reduces the risk of gastro, neurological and circulatory disorders and helps to replenish essential body fluids and salts which can be lost through dehydration4.

There are multiple Oral Rehydration Salts available in the market and they can usually be purchased in pharmacies or online. Some are also available in selected grocery stores. In terms of flavours, each brand has multiple flavours available which can give you a variety of choices.

The Best ORS Electrolyte Drink

From the above, it’s clear that an Oral Rehydration Salt is the better choice for hydration. But there is one ORS that has innovated in the space like no other. The brand is BIOLyte which is the only ORS in Australia to contain Prebiotic and Zinc. Not only does BIOLyte aid in fast rehydration to make it the best ORS electrolyte drink, but the addition of the Prebiotic and Zinc helps to provide a 30% faster recovery from vomiting and 20% faster recovery from diarrhoea. Finally, if you’re worried about the taste, then worry no longer as BIOLyte has three great tasting flavours – green apple, red grape and orange. BIOLyte is available online and at all good pharmacies nationwide.

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  1. World Health Organization. (‎2005)‎. The treatment of diarrhoea : a manual for physicians and other senior health workers, 4th rev. World Health Organization, <https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/43209>
  2. MJ-British Medical Journal 2008. Flat Carbonated Drinks Not An Effective Alternative To Oral Rehydration Solution, Study Finds. ScienceDaily. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080527084303.htm>
  3. Bubnis, D. & Schaefer, A. 2018, Is Gatorade Bad for You?, Healthline, <https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-gatorade-bad-for-you>
  4. Maughan, R.J., Watson, P., Cordery, P.A., Walsh, N.P., Oliver, S.J., Dolci, A., Rodriguez-Sanchez, N., & Galloway, S.D. 2016, A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of beverage hydration index, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 103, no. 3, March 2016, pp. 717–723, <https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/103/3/717/4564598>