We enjoy pure, clean water and take our city sanitation services for granted, but what if that were no longer the case? Did
you know that millions of people die each year from diarrhea and the dehydration it causes? What if a simple case of the stomach flu led to serious complications because your water source was tainted and you didn’t have access to medical care? Just a 10% decrease in your body’s fluids will result in death.
Two must-haves for your emergency bags and First Aid kit are anti-diarrheal medicine and a simple rehydration concoction you can mix up in your own kitchen. A few months ago I assembled forty of these packets and have tucked them into my pantry, vehicle emergency kit, and have even put a few in the glove compartment of my husband’s truck.
Here’s the basic recipe:
- 3 T. sugar
- 1 t. salt
That’s it. Some people add a bit of Kool-Aid to provide flavor, but it isn’t necessary. When this sugar/salt combo is mixed with a liter of clean water, you have an effective rehydration fluid that will go a long way toward helping someone recover from a bout with the stomach flu.
I don’t know about you, but I am not fond of talking about diarrhea and even less fond of dealing with it, but it’s such a simple thing to prepare for that it doesn’t make any sense to overlook it. Add some ginger ale to your pantry and some saltine crackers (watch out for their expiration date), and you’re all set to deal with this bacterial bad boy.
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