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Gatorade Lime-Cucumber Thirst Quencher

Pros: Rehydrating, unique flavors, recyclable bottles

Cons: Some flavors are odd tasting

For the past few weeks my sister and I have been working getting her yard back in shape. Her husband passed away just over a year ago and whether the hedge got trimmed, or the fountain cleaned of pine needles, has been the last thing on her mind.  So when she began futzing around the back yard I took it as an encouraging sign. Now, anyone who knows me knows I love the outdoors – as  in the woods – but I hate yard work – with a passion. So when I heard my out-loud voice offering to come by one day a week and help with the yard work, I wondered if I had gone mad.

Frankly, my sister has had to teach me everything that needed doing – cutting, pruning, clipping, dead-heading, weeding and spraying. I just couldn’t see it for myself.  Nor (at first) did I see that as each hour went by I was feeling less and less ‘well’.  I thought I was just tired, unaccustomed to that much intense labor, and because I hadn’t stopped to eat, perhaps I was suffering a little hypoglycemia – which I’m prone to.  Long story short, by midafternoon I felt like a pile of pathological waste. It didn’t take a genius to figure out the problem. With the temps in the high 80°’s, huffing, puffing and perspiring, I had become really dehydrated.  So fast? Apparently so.

On the way home, despite my ragged appearance, I stopped at the neighborhood convenience store and bought a couple of bottles of Gatorade,  the familiar sports-themed beverage. I didn’t really know why  Gatorade might be a better choice, but I knew my son and his football team drank gallons of it at practice and games. Furthermore, I didn’t care which flavor – at that point it didn’t matter.  As soon as I got in my SUV, I opened a bottle and took a long drink. Cucumber??? Did I just buy a bottle of liquified cucumber? Because of the bright green color I had ‘assumed’ I was buying lime (which in actuality I was) or lemon, or a combination of both – but Lime-Cucumber? Still, it didn’t matter – I needed to replenish the fluid my body had lost through work and heat.  I drank that entire bottle by the time I was halfway home.  Throughout the evening I drank the other bottle.

The next day I felt considerably better but decided to stick with Gatorade for another day or so just for the added benefit of the electrolytes.

“Chemically, electrolytes are substances that become ions in solution and acquire the capacity to conduct electricity. Electrolytes are present in the human body, and the balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of our cells and our organs” – or so says About.com.

Later, at the store. . .

Holy Smokes! How would I ever make a decision which flavor?  The day before I was in such a hurry I didn’t know or care which flavor or ‘type’ I was buying.  Now I was staring at a plethora of both. Did I want Prime 1 – for pre-game fueling? Gee, I didn’t think so. How about G Prime 1, the original concoction? Or, how about G Prime 2 – low-calorie? That might be a good idea. Now, which flavor?

Fruit Punch & Berry, Lime-Cucumber, Strawberry- Mango, Melon, Frost, Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Cran-Raspberry, Cherry-Lime, Orange, Grape, Watermelon, Tangerine Ice, Frost Alpine Snow and about fifty others – seriously! That was several bottles ago, but in the meanwhile I’ve purchased another Lime-Cucumber ( yep!) and Blue Frost, a berry-flavor.  The cucumber flavor really is  refreshing – and addictive?
 Nutritional facts: 28 oz. bottle  (2 servings)

Calories   80

Sodium   160 mg.

Fat   0g

Potassium   45 mg.

Carbs   21g.

Protein   0g

Ingredients ( for Lime-Cucumber flavor):

Water, sugar, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, gum arabic, glycerol ester of rosin, yellow 5, blue 1

Gatorade Company

P.O. Box 049003

Chicago, IL 60604

1-800-884-2867

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