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Ginger Ale for Nausea: Is There a Better Alternative?

Ginger ale has always been a common home remedy for stomach ache or nausea. But is there any science behind it? Or is ginger ale an old wives’ tale?

Researchers have long studied the health benefits of ginger – the herb. For instance, Adam Lonicer, a German botanist, praised ginger’s ability to cure stomach aches in the 16th Century. And today, clinical trials have shown that up to a gram of ginger root can reverse nausea.

But that’s the root. Ginger ale’s medicinal uses, on the other hand, aren’t as clear.

The main reason is that many store-bought ginger ales contain very small amounts of actual ginger – or in some cases none at all. Many of today’s popular ginger ale formulas are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

So Is Ginger Ale Good for Sick Children?

Well, it depends on the symptoms. For a child battling stomach flu, there are better options, and there are a few reasons for this. Firstly, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of stomach flu that speed up the body’s loss of electrolytes and cause dehydration.

Plus, the sugar content in ginger ale can actually worsen diarrhea, which exacerbates dehydration. With those symptoms, a drink that’s fortified with electrolytes is a better cure.

However, aside from the stomach flu, there might be some truth behind those old wives’ tales. Ginger ale – particularly organic, natural varieties that contain actual ginger – could be okay for a mild stomachache, a sore throat or nausea.

How the Electrolytes in Drip Drop Lead to Better Hydration

When you compare ginger ale and Drip Drop, it’s easy to see what makes Drip Drop the better alternative for sick kids and adults. First, Drip Drop tastes great – your kids won’t have a reason to complain. But that’s not all.

Drip Drop has also been scientifically formulated to reverse dehydration. Each dose contains a powerful punch of electrolytes – salts and sugars – that quickly replaces those lost due to an illness. Your body in turn uses these electrolytes to draw water into the bloodstream and retain fluids.

So next time your kids battling stomach flu, or a seasonal cold or even allergies, there’s something better to give them than ginger ale. They need medical grade hydration – and you can expect that from Drip Drop.

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