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SOS Hydration

SOS Hydration is a fast acting electrolyte replacement drink created to prevent and combat mild to moderate dehydration due to active lifestyles and physical performance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why use SOS Hydration?

WHERE IS SOS MADE?

SOS is manufactured and packaged in the USA in an FDA approved manufacturing and production facility. The facilities have the highest level of FDA clearance and all products have been through independent testing and auditing with Informed Sport and Informed Choice to give you peace of mind when consuming SOS.

IS SOS VEGAN FRIENDLY & GLUTNE-FREE?

Yes.

HOW DOES SOS WORK?

SOS uses the World Health Organization's Oral Rehydration Therapy recommendations and data from the American College of Sports Medicine. By correctly balancing the amount of sodium and glucose, SOS enhances the water absorption process by activating the body's natural mechanism know as the Sodium/Glucose co-transport system, which is located in the small bowel. When SOS arrives to the small intestine, one molecule of sodium is quickly pulled into the blood vessels by one molecule of glucose; subsequently, due to osmotic forces, water gets absorbed as it always follows sodium. This is the main reason why we need salt (sodium) and sugar (glucose). With salt we can prevent "water intoxication" and maintain a good osmolarity; with the correct types of sugars, we forestall the development of lactic acidosis.

WHAT IS AN ORS?

An ORS is an Oral Rehydration Solution. A solution can be considered an ORS when it complies with the World Health Organization specification. These solutions are made by mixing the perfect amount of electrolytes and glucose, which can help the body absorb up to ten times as much water. This form of therapy was first discovered more that 50 years ago to treat patients with Cholera. The benefits of ORS use for an active lifestyle have become apparent more recently. SOS has taken this science and developed it for people with active lifestyles.

WHEN SHOULD I DRINK SOS?

SOS is made to prevent and combat mild to moderate dehydration so whether you're about to engage in a tough workout, about to hop on a long flight, or getting ready for a night out, don't forget your SOS!

WHO SHOULD NOT USE SOS?

People with water restrictions, heart or kidney problems, or children under the age of 1 should consult with a physician before use. SOS is not recommended for those with sedentary lifestyles, unless they suffer from mild to moderate dehydration.

IS SOS APPROVED FOR USE BY THE FDA?

According to the FDA standards, SOS only uses Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS ) ingredients and therefore complies with all regulations for food consumption and production.

WHAT DO I MIX SOS WITH?

SOS should only be mixed with clean water. Each stick contains enough ingredients to be mixed with 8 fluid ounces (250ml) of water. Always ensure that the product is well mixed and consumed within 24 hours of preparation.

CAN I USE SOS FOR A HANGOVER?

Over consumption of alcohol can lead to significant and even serious levels of dehydration. This leads to fatigue, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea and more. Alcohol has a diuretic effect as it inhibits the secretion of a hormon in the brain known as the antidiuretic hormone (ADH). This substance acts on the kidney to reabsorb water. When ADH levels drop, the kidneys produce more urine, which dehydrates you. In fact, for every 1 gram of alcohol consumed, urine excretion increases by 10 milliliters. After an evening of alchohol consumption, we recommend drinking one SOS just before going to bed and one the next morning! Drink responsibility & never drink and drive :)

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOS AND SPORTS DRINKS?

SOS is different from typical sports drinks because it is a low osmolarity solution that contains 50% more electrolytes and 75% less carbohydrates than sports drinks. Due to its high sugar content, Sports Drinks have a high osmolarity. This will lead to bloating and even diarrhoea. High osmolarity in the gut will pull water from the blood vessels into the gut instead of absorbing it; this is known as osmotic diarrhoea.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOS AND ENERGY DRINKS?

 

CAN SOS BE COMPARED WITH IV DRIPS?

Yes, SOS can be compared to an IV drip for combating mild to moderate dehydration. After more that 50 years of research, Oral Rehydration Solutions have proven to be as fast and effective as an IV drip, but safer and cheaper. With SOS, you can prevent complications like infections, avoid the painful IV procedure, and save a lot of money. Severe dehydration should be treated with an IV drip by professional medical staff.

CAN DIABETICS USE SOS?

Diabetic people with active lifestyles can drink SOS to prevent and combat mild to moderate dehydration. SOS contains two types of sugars: sucrose and dextrose. Sucrose is a medium glycemic index sugar. It is a disaccharide (formed by two molecules of sugar). Once it arrives to the small intestines, sucrose splits into one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose. After drinking SOS, you will get a small glucose peak, which provides energy and water absorption enhancement. Dextrose is a simple sugar with a high GI index.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM DEHYDRATED?

Dehydration can cause headaches, irritability, weakness, dizziness, concentration impairment, tiredness, dry mouth, and more. Any of these symptoms may indicate that you are dehydrated. A couple of tips to monitor your hydration status: Thirst: When we start sensing thirst, we are already 2% dehydrated. Be aware that our thirst sense decreases with aging. Luckily, there are better ways of assessing dehydration! Urine volume and colour: Yes, as simple as that. Nobody knows your body better than you. You have noticed that after a long run or a big night out your urine volume is lower and the colour is dark-orange-that means that you are dehydrated. If you urinate light and clear urine in a correct volume, your body is hydrated. If you see a darker-orange colour, you are dehydrated.

IS TOO MUCH SODIUM BAD FOR YOU?

Too much water can be bad for you, as it will dilute the sodium from your blood, decreasing the body's osmolarity. Because water always follows salt, the water will move inside the cells to where the higher sodium concentration is. This concept is known as "water intoxication." SOS is proper hydration: water+sodium+glucose. Fast rehydration, osmotic balance, energy source.

WHY IS HYDRATION SO IMPORTANT?

Hydration is necessary for survival. Water is the most important element in humans, as a full 60% of our body is water. This vital liquid is involved in every metabolic process of our body. We can only live one week without it. Losing just 2% of your body weight through dehydration can affect athletic performance by more than 20%. That's the difference between a good day and a bad one! Using SOS can help you keep performing at your peak.

WHAT CAUSES ME TO GET DEHYDRATED DURING THE DAY?

Everyday, even when we don't sense it, we are losing water through evaporation, breathing, and urine excretion. More than just hot weather dehydrates us:

  • Air conditioned environments
  • Stress Commuting
  • Physical activity
  • Flying
  • Consumption of coffee, tea, energy drinks, and alcohol
  • Cold weather
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