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Rehydration and electrolytes on the Camino Portugues

Yodapsy

Rob Blinn
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances July 2013, Planning July 2018 Camino Portugues.
#1
When we did the CF in 2013, we often drank Aquarius (similar to Gatorade but seems less sweet) which was readily available almost everywhere. Is Aquarius available on the Camino Portugues. If not, is there a Portuguese equivalent?
 

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Camino(s) past & future
2017 - Camino Portugues (Ponte Lima - Santiago) with my one year old son and wife :)
#2
Hi Yodapsy,

Yes you can find Aquarius in the supermarket in Portugal or a label call Isostar.


Bom Caminho
 
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada - Santiago (2013)
Porto to Santiago (2015)
Lugo to Finisterre (2017)
#3
I have always liked Aquarius. Last year I used Electrolyte drink tablets. They dissolve in water and come in a variety of flavours. You can get them from most outdoor shops. Very refreshing and helps you along.
 

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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#6
Except that the water that you dissolve the ORS tablet in is very likely to have come from a plastic bottle as well!
Agreed, but I can make a 750ml Evian plastic bottle (slightly stronger) last all the way from SJPP to SdC over 5 weeks whereas a bottle of Aquarius a day over 35 days is, er 35 bottles.
Oh, and I refill from fuentes.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada - Santiago (2013)
Porto to Santiago (2015)
Lugo to Finisterre (2017)
#7
I normally have my 750ml plastic bottle for my ORS tablets and a Camelbak. Sadly we all tend to use too much plastic, but if we all aware of the impact on the environment that will go a long way.
Does anyone use ORS tablets in their hydration bladder bag ? I feel it may leave a tainted taste in the hydration bag. I could be totally wrong.......it has been known .
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - Finisterre (2005) ; LePuy - Muxia (2007) ; Porto - SC. (2009) planning Lourdes- SC (2018)
#8
Can you buy these tablets in Spanish pharmacies or where?
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#9
Can you buy these tablets in Spanish pharmacies or where?
Where do you live? You can probably find ORS tablets in pharmacies in your home country, as well as sporting goods outlets like Decathlon.

Failing that you can always make your own - it's just clean water, some sugar (preferably unrefined as it has more potassium), some salt and some fruit juice (your choice for flavour - citrus fruits works best for me).

Numerous "recipes" on the web. I go for

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but I substitute one cup of orange juice for one of the cups of water.

But the tablets are more convenient to use.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#10
I normally have my 750ml plastic bottle for my ORS tablets and a Camelbak. Sadly we all tend to use too much plastic, but if we all aware of the impact on the environment that will go a long way.
Does anyone use ORS tablets in their hydration bladder bag ? I feel it may leave a tainted taste in the hydration bag. I could be totally wrong.......it has been known .
I used to use a bladder - the original Platypus ones - but found them hard to keep clean so I swallowed my pride and use one of the longer lasting bottles (Evian seems to be best) and a Smartube straw.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - Finisterre (2005) ; LePuy - Muxia (2007) ; Porto - SC. (2009) planning Lourdes- SC (2018)
#11
Where do you live? You can probably find ORS tablets in pharmacies in your home country, as well as sporting goods outlets like Decathlon.

Failing that you can always make your own - it's just clean water, some sugar (preferably unrefined as it has more potassium), some salt and some fruit juice (your choice for flavour - citrus fruits works best for me).

Numerous "recipes" on the web. I go for

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but I substitute one cup of orange juice for one of the cups of water.

But the tablets are more convenient to use.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - Finisterre (2005) ; LePuy - Muxia (2007) ; Porto - SC. (2009) planning Lourdes- SC (2018)
#12
Thank you - the recipe confirms my biggest issue here, which I was hoping to circumvent with some mineral/electrolyte tablets. (I'm In Aus). I have to avoid sugar as much as I can , I'm doing an internet search for alternatives at the moment,I think I need to be prepared.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Zip
#13
I normally have my 750ml plastic bottle for my ORS tablets and a Camelbak. Sadly we all tend to use too much plastic, but if we all aware of the impact on the environment that will go a long way.
Does anyone use ORS tablets in their hydration bladder bag ? I feel it may leave a tainted taste in the hydration bag. I could be totally wrong.......it has been known .
No, don’t. It gets the tube all gummed up.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Travel318
#14
We were able to buy this at the Farmacy. It worked great. I bought one plastic bottle and used it to mix up the electrolytes on the whole Camino Francés. I used tap water from albergues or the fonte’s as necessary. Not all stores carried this brand but in larger towns I found it. Also was offered a “Performance” brand product but it had less minerals.
We were able to buy this at the Farmacy. It worked great. I bought one plastic bottle and used it to mix up the electrolytes on the whole Camino Francés. I used tap water from albergues or the fonte’s as necessary. Not all stores carried this brand but in larger towns I found it. Also was offered a “Performance” brand product but it had less minerals.
brand name Flec To Min
 

Scott54

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2018
#15
I took EmergenC’s hydration packets along and added one to liter of water every day. Very light and cheap; I think I had a packet of 20 or so. Also bought Aquilea Magnesio+Potasio tablets at a Farmacia in Spain.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#18
"Glucose, sodium citrate, natural lemon powder, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, citric acid, calcium phosphate, sweeteners: sodium cyclomate, sodium saccharin."

So sweetners, lemon flavouring so it doesn't taste too nasty and some salts then ;)

I think the dopping is a spelling mistake
 


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