“Linebacker Cliff Thrift returned to Chicago yesterday after spending the night in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Thrift suffered dehydration cramps on the team bus on the way to the airport after Sunday’s game and needed four quarts of intravenous solution. ‘I’m fine,’ he said. ‘Pump some beer in that IV and he’ll really be all right,’ quipped linebacker Otis Wilson.”
In an effort to avoid heat related illnesses, organizations, like the military, and individuals, such as athletes, create schedules for themselves to determine when and how much water they should drink to stay hydrated. Sadly, this act of ignoring one’s thirst mechanism and drinking as much as possible has led to many cases of acute water intoxication, putting these individuals at risk of hyponatremia and death. When this occurs, they perform at a less than optimal standard and defeat the purpose of hydrating in the first place.
I recently tested a sports drink known as BANa Hydration. BANa Hydration is a beverage started by and ER Physician Benjamin Yoo, MD who saw the need to create a sports drink that replenishes electrolytes in the same manner that IVs due in regards to dehydration.
In observation of Global Road Safety Week May 4-10, we have decided to share some information about a topic recently studied in the UK involving the dangers of being dehydrated while operating a motor vehicle.
An extra-hydrating drink developed by a local doctor will soon be sold in several supermarkets across the country.
BANa, the drink developed by local physician Benjamin Yoo of HealthFirst Rapid Care in North Charleston, was recently picked up by Jacksonville, Florida-based Bi-Lo Holdings.
The drink will be sold in all 828 of the company's stores, including Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie and Harveys.
"A hydration beverage drink developed by a Charleston doctor will now be sold in more than 82,000 grocery stores throughout the Southeast, according to a news release.
Dr. Benjamin Yoo, the drink company’s CEO, developed Bana after treating athletes in the emergency room for dehydration for more than a decade."
Summer is here, which means playing outside in the hot sun. It is very easy to get dehydrated especially children and myself as a bariatric patient. I was contacted by BANa to try their drink, and since it’s getting warmer and warmer out, it was perfect timing.
I have never heard of BANa drinks before until they contacted me. I went to their site to see exactly what it is and how it can help you. “Despite the fact that dehydration is 100% preventable, it is one of the most frequently diagnosed and treated concerns in emergency rooms. You see, water is one of the body’s most important nutrients. Not only does it make up more than half of our bodies, but also is responsible for regulating body temperature and helping our body with waste removal, oxygen distribution and organ function. Normal daily activities alone typically result in the loss of 10 cups of fluid. Increased physical activity and illness place an even greater strain on the body’s water supply. Failure to supply the body with the water it needs causes dehydration, resulting in everything from loss of energy and lethargy to constipation and muscle cramping.”
US – Move over, Gatorade, there’s another rehydration drink on the block – BANa, a drink that’s been on the market since 2008.
Benjamin Yoo, Owner BANa Bottling Company LLC, “Most people don’t realize that you actually need salt to get rehydrated because that’s what retains fluid in your body.”
That’s the idea behind Yoo’s rehydration drink BANa. Think of it as a saline bag in a bottle. There is a whopping 800 milligrams of sodium in one 16 fluid ounce bottle. That’s almost four times more sodium than what Gatorade has.
You says, “We wanted to make sure that it was palatable to most of the consumers. We noticed that 800mg of sodium is about the right solution as far as the taste for consumers.”
The science may be sound, but some hardcore marathon runners put the beverage to the taste test.
Dr. Benjamin Yoo believes he holds the secret to proper hydration -- and he can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world.
An M.D. from Charleston, South Carolina, Yoo began developing a new sports drink in 2008 when he was hooking dehydrated athletes to IV bags. If a drink can be absorbed with relatively the same speed as a fluid injected into the body through a needle, he thought, why couldn’t doctors simplify the process of overcoming dehydration?
Yoo ran a series of tests, and the result was a beverage he described as an “IV in a bottle.” It’s called BANa Hydration Drink, and it packs 800 milligrams of sodium in each 17-ounce, calorie- and fat-free bottle (which translates to 33 percent of a suggested daily intake). Sweetened with Stevia to offset the salty taste, BANa has a berry flavor and, like other sports drinks, is best when refrigerated. The name is a spin-off on the IV known as a “Banana Bag,” and the “Na” portion of the name is, predictably, an ode to the Periodic Table symbol for sodium.
For years, Gatorade and Powerade have cornered the market when it came to rehydrating athletes. But a newcomer to the game is quickly making an impact across the country. BANa rehydration drink, created by Charleston based Dr. Benjamin Yoo, provides 4X the amount of salt that the other sports drinks have with zero calories and no sugar. It’s marketed as an “IV in a bottle” with a berry taste that is essential to runners, football players, endurance athletes and more.
“The only electrolyte you need for rehydration is salt,” Yoo says, “The normal saline is 9000Mg of salt and water. It has nothing else inside an IV bag. As a doctor we know you need salt, not magnesium or calcium to rehydrate. As a runner you lose salt and water. There are no calories or sugar—it’s all natural. We use sea salt and stevia, but the whole reason why it works so effectively is the salt. You really don’t need anything else. BANa works just as good as an IV. Once you get hydrated, the nausea and cramps go away in about 15-30 minutes.”
"Dr. Benjamin Yoo believes in the power of salt, and he has spent the last four years trying to win converts. As the creator of BANa, a high-sodium sports drink that he markets as 'an IV in a bottle,' he spends a lot of time convincing athletic trainers that the tried-and-true Gatorade formula is salt-deficient"
"The Business Journal and Force Protection Inc. will present the Health Care Heroes 2011 awards Nov. 17 at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.
The annual awards honor men and women who volunteer their time, exceed expectations and put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis in service to the community."
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