An average banana has about 450 mg of potassium. “Sports Drinks” (32 oz) have 120 mg total potassium along with 56 grams of sugar! 56 grams of sugar = 28 teaspoons. To get the same potassium from these "Sports Drinks" as one banana you’d have to consume about 1 gallon or 112 teaspoons of sugar. Ever wonder why kids “Love it”? Would any of us have our child put 28 teaspoons of sugar on anything they ate?
A banana costs about twenty cents and increases several other positive reactions. Sports drinks= not so good. They immediately trigger a massive insulin response and deliver an assortment of negatives. Type 2 diabetes was almost nonexistent 40 years ago. So was the idea of drinking 28 teaspoons of sugar in an hour.
If this is the only way you can get your son to hydrate, then that will have to suffice because hydration is the key. A jug of water and a couple of bananas beginning early in the day would be a much better choice than a Gatorade on the way to practice.
Here’s why I bring all of this to our attention. Below is my nephew, Mikey Dougherty of NJ. He is thirteen years old and was in perfect health until September of 2012.
Here is Mikey D before his injury. He never had a “Sick-Day” in his life. Happy, Healthy, 13 year old athlete. He was active in Basketball, Football & Baseball. He never underwent any type of cardiac screening.
Here is Mikey D after suffering cardiac arrest in September of 2012 at the age of 13. He was playing Basketball outside in the heat, collapsed and did not get a quick response from 911. He suffered cardiac arrest and subsequent traumatic brain injury from a potassium deficiency. He was care-flighted from NJ to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where he spent months in a coma.
Today, Mikey is doing much better! He was spared by our merciful Lord & Savior and is now walking, and talking at about a first grade level. They say they’ll know in about ninety more days to what extent he’ll ultimately recover, but they also said he would never survive, much less walk, talk or have any type of normal life. He’s already beat all odds.
We had CJ and our daughter Evelyn checked out and came to find out CJ had an arrhythmia of his heart. He went through extensive testing, wore monitors, sat out of a few Basketball games and praise God it turned out to be pretty much innocuous. He was cleared by a team of Doctors from Children’s and has been great ever since.
Here’s my prayer to all of you parents. Please have your child screened. Our primary physician discovered the arrhythmia from a simple listen with a stethoscope. She was extremely concerned and immediately referred us to see a pediatric cardiologist. In the end, our Lord poured out his love and grace onto CJ and it all turned out well.
If we have the time to play Football we have the time to have a simple screening (which most of you may have done when you had a physical done on your son recently). We’ve also got to take the time and effort to force our kiddos to hydrate from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. Bananas and other electrolyte rich foods are the answer. Gatorade is a good “Game-Day” solution, but not the best everyday answer.
Here are some everyday answers:
Bananas - Potatoes - Tuna - Oranges - Tomatoes - Halibut - Apricots - Cucumber - Honey - Avocado - Cabbage - Beef - Strawberries - Cauliflower - Chicken - Bell Pepper - Chard - Veal - Squash - Eggplant - Red Snapper - Papayas - Mushrooms - Pollock - Pears - Brussels Sprouts - Sardines - Prune - Turmeric - Salmon - Dates - Parsley - Milk - Raisins - Spinach - Lamb Cantaloupe - Broccoli - Turkey