Rehydration Drink

It's easy and cheap to make your own rehydration drink, which is actually very similar to those expensive little packets. This formula should not be used by diabetics.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Calories 93kcal
Carbs (g): 24


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 teaspoons sugar (6 teaspoons is 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 quart clean drinking water or 1 liter


  • Mix the ingredients until the sugar and salt are dissolved in the water.  Any portion that's not being consumed immediately should be kept in the refrigerator if possible.
  • And if there is any question about the cleanliness of the water, boil it and let it cool before mixing the solution.


WHO also says (buried in another document, not in the "official" recipe) that you can add 1/2 teaspoon of salt substitute (potassium chloride) OR replace the salt with 1 teaspoon of "Lite Salt" (half sodium chloride or table salt, and half potassium chloride) -- or add some mashed bananas to add potassium. 
If you're experiencing muscle cramps, the potassium will make a huge difference in your recovery! WHO stresses the importance of measuring the ingredients accurately to have the correct mixture -- the wrong proportions can make the problem worse.  
If you're not seriously ill and want a simple drink to keep you from having problems, you can mix this with a quart of Tang for your own "Tang-o-rade."
Nutrition Facts
Rehydration Drink
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1210mg50%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Calcium 28mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.