What are Electral Oral Electrolyte Rehydration Sachets, and why are they so important?

Electral Oral Electrolyte Rehydration Sachets are a type of oral hydration solution that is specifically formulated to replace fluids and electrolytes that are lost due to illness, physical activity, or other causes of dehydration. 

They are important because dehydration can have serious consequences, including fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, and in severe cases, organ damage.

 Electral sachets can help to treat and prevent dehydration, making them an essential tool for maintaining good health and well-being.

How do Electral sachets work to prevent and treat dehydration?

Electral sachets contain a combination of electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, and chloride) and carbohydrates in the form of glucose or sucrose. 

When these ingredients are dissolved in water and consumed, they help to restore the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. This helps to alleviate symptoms of dehydration and prevent further fluid loss.

When should Electral sachets be used, and who can benefit from using them?

Electral sachets are a type of electrolyte replacement and rehydration solution used to treat dehydration. 

They are recommended for use when a person is suffering from vomiting, diarrhea (diarrhoea), or excessive sweating due to heat exposure. 

Electral sachets can also be beneficial for those participating in sports activities, particularly endurance events such as marathons, as well as people working in hot environments, children suffering from gastroenteritis, and the elderly who may suffer from more severe forms of dehydration. 

Everyone can benefit from using Electral sachets, especially if they are facing any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

How to prepare and use Electral sachets properly.

To prepare an Electral sachet, first, clean and sterilize a glass or container. Then, add 200 mL (just under 1 cup) of clean drinking water to the container. Open the Electral sachet and empty the contents into the water, stirring until the powder is fully dissolved. 

The resulting drink can be consumed immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later use. 

It is important to follow the dosing instructions on the package and not exceed the recommended amount, as overconsumption of electrolytes can cause an imbalance in the body.

The potential side effects of using Electral sachets and how to manage them.

In most cases, Electral sachets are well-tolerated and do not cause any significant side effects. However, some people may experience mild digestive issues such as bloating or diarrhea after consuming the solution. 

These symptoms can usually be managed by reducing the amount of Electral sachets consumed or by drinking the solution more slowly. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you experience persistent or severe side effects, or if you have any underlying health conditions that may be affected by the use of Electral sachets.

Electral sachets versus sports drinks.

1. Easier.

Electral sachets are easier to carry and combine with water than sports drinks. For on-the-go hydration, electral sachets don't need refrigeration.

2. Cheaper.

Electral sachets are cheaper than sports drinks. A sports drink costs $3, but a packet of electral powder costs less than $1.

3. Pure electrolytes

Electrolyte sachets contain minerals that control fluid equilibrium. Sports drinks provide electrolytes and lots of sugar and calories.

4. Low-calorie.

Low-calorie electral sachets are beneficial for weight loss or maintenance. Sports drinks are heavy in sugar and calories, which might cause weight gain.

5. No artificial sweeteners.

Electral sachets have another benefit over sports drinks: no artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners may cause cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

6. No caffeine.

Caffeine can produce jitteriness, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Caffeine-sensitive people should avoid sports drinks. For people who want to avoid caffeine, electral sachets are best.

Tips for maintaining hydration, especially during times of illness or physical activity.

  • Drink plenty of water: Aim for at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day, and more if you are sweating heavily or experiencing diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Eat hydrating foods: Fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and strawberries, can help to keep you hydrated.

  • Avoid diuretics: Alcohol, caffeine, and certain medications can increase fluid loss and worsen dehydration.

  • Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics and dress in layers to help regulate your body temperature and prevent sweating.

  • Stay in a cool, shaded area: Excessive heat can cause your body to lose fluids more quickly, so try to stay out of the sun or in a cool, air-conditioned environment when possible.


  • Anhydrous Glucose BP: 2.7 g

  • Sodium chloride BP: 0.52 g

  • Sodium citrate BP: 0.58 g

  • Potassium chloride BP: 0.3 g

    (WHO recommended formula)

    Ingredients explained: Anhydrous glucose and dextrose are chemically the same compounds, they are different forms of glucose. Dextrose is the common name for glucose that exists in a monohydrate form (meaning it has one molecule of water attached to it). Anhydrous glucose, as the name implies, is glucose that has no water molecules attached to it. They are chemically identical, the difference is that one is a monohydrate form and the other is the anhydrous form (without water)


  • Electral Oral Electrolyte Rehydration Sachets are a type of oral hydration that helps to replace fluids and electrolytes lost due to illness, physical activity, or other causes. 

  • They can help prevent and treat dehydration, which can have serious consequences if left untreated. 

  • Electral sachets contain electrolytes and carbohydrates in the form of glucose or sucrose which are dissolved in water for consumption. 

  • They should be used whenever at risk of becoming dehydrated such as during periods of illness, physical activity or hot/humid environments; they may also benefit those who cannot take fluid by mouth due to digestive issues like vomiting.  

  • To prepare an Electral sachet one must first clean/sterilize a glass container then add 200mL (just under 1 cup) clean drinking water followed by emptying the contents into it stirring until fully dissolved - following dosing instructions on package is important so not to exceed recommended amount as overconsumption could cause imbalance in body.  

  • Side effects from use may include mild digestive issues but these can usually be managed; consult with healthcare professionals if experiencing persistent/severe side effects & underlying health conditions affected by use might exist too .

This information is intended solely for New Zealand residents and is of a general nature only. No person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided, but at all times should obtain specific advice from a health professional.

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