Oral Rehydration Solution

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a simple treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhea and consists of a specific solution (ORS) of salts and sugars that is taken by mouth.

Below you will find the WHO’s oral rehydration solution recipe. It is included in a nice collection of ORS recipes I put together for personal use last summer. Please note that this is a document I created prior to my food allergy diagnosis, and was most likely the cause of some of my dehydration issues. Please note that at this is *not* a corn-free recipe!

For those who have a corn allergy, I will update it as soon as possible with a corn-free substitution for the potassium chloride, as well as some notes on ingredient selection. For the time being, I simply omit the Morton® Salt Substitute®.

Believe it or not, you are responsible for the food and drink that you put in your body. Please be certain that all of the ingredients you use are safe and free of all possible allergens before purchasing them. Mix well and enjoy responsibly!

World Health Organization ORS Recipe

• 3/8 tsp salt (sodium chloride) 

• ¼ tsp Morton® Salt Substitute® (potassium chloride) (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN CORN) 

• ½ tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
• 2 tbsp + 2 tsp sugar (sucrose)
• Add tap water to make one (1) liter

(Contains 27 grams of sucrose, 70 mEq per liter of sodium, 20 mEq per liter of potassium and 30 mEq per liter of bicarbonate. The final osmolarity is approximately 245 mOsm per liter.)

1. Add the dry ingredients to a 1 liter bottle.
2. Add enough water to make a final volume of 1 liter; mix well.
3. Mix well and drink.
4. Discard after 24 hours.


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