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With this constantly changing weather knocking people down with colds, and flu season right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about how to manage the symptoms of these illnesses more naturally. As most of you probably already know, preventing dehydration is very important, especially with young children and pregnant women. Drinking water is a good way to help with this, but when people are vomiting and having diarrhea, they are not only losing water they are losing valuable electrolytes as well. Electrolytes are substances such as potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium. These electrolytes are essential to proper body functioning as they help send messages in the cells that keep your heart beating correctly, help your muscles to contract and maintain your blood pressure amongst other things.

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