Will this childhood remedy cure your holiday hangover?

Posted at 11:53 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 13:53:19-05

When you think of Pedialyte, you probably think of kids who drink it to feel better. But now, the company is targeting a different demographic: adults, who are fighting a hangover.

This month, the company released its medical grade powder packs called Sparkling Rush. Could it be the cure your holiday hangover?

“Well, I think if you're going to drink, obviously pay attention to your intake and make sure you're eating at the same time,” says Dr. Chris Fellenz with Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Fellenz says if you've missed that boat, drinks like Pedialyte could be a good option to fight your holiday hangover.

“In terms of replenishing the lost electrolytes and replenishing the essential nutrients that you're losing, sometimes oral rehydration solutions can help,” he says.

Pedialyte says its Sparkling Rush replenishes the body with twice the electrolytes and half the sugar of leading sports drinks. But Dr. Fellenz says anything that hydrates your body can help.

“Use something that's pre-prepared,” the doctor recommends. “Use sports drinks; don't use energy drinks that have caffeine in them. They dehydrate you more. Try and keep up one to one in terms of replacing the fluids that you take in the fluids that you're trying to replace.”

If you can't get your hands on Sparkling Rush, Dr. Fellenz says you probably have everything you need to make a DIY version in your fridge.

“Mixing some juice with some water, that'll add the sugar in the salts that you need for rehydration, where you can make your own rehydration formula with a couple tablespoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in a liter of water,” he says.