Just letting you know I’ve updated my Electrolyte Drinks Mega-Review post with a couple more reviews. The first is for Repalyte, a flavour-free rehydration sachet which Ruth kindly sent me. It’s a handy alternative for those who cannot tolerate flavours or extra ingredients. The other is Aqualyte, an Australian-made product which proved a sugary disappointment. Check out my mega-review post for more!
At some point (i.e., when I have the money) I intend to review Banana Bag Oral Solution. Banana Bag has become incredibly popular in the online chronic illness community, but their oversold claims and high price point concern me. Yes, it has high electrolyte levels, but the fact that they market it as a “hospital grade product” equivalent to an IV which can apparently provide vague benefits such as “energy” to even perfectly healthy people sets alarm bells ringing for me.
One of the defining characteristics of sham treatments is that they promise everything to everyone, which no actual treatment can possibly provide. I also worry that many who have found Banana Bag beneficial are dysautonomia patients who have never tried lifestyle interventions before such as increased salt and fluid intake, or other rehydration drinks. So when they do derive benefit from Banana Bag, they attribute it to its unique properties, and end up paying through the roof for something they could get for near nothing (by drinking salt, sugar and water, for instance).
At $12.49USD (+ $13.06USD international post) for a five-pack which makes 1.2L of solution, Banana Bag is nearly 3.5 times the cost of Gastrolyte ready-to-drink. If you drank 1L per day (as I do), you’d be up for $424.49AUD per month. I pay $2.50 for 2 months worth of Lite Salt to make my own electrolyte solution, so for that price, Banana Bag better make me shit rainbows and dance through the streets, symptom-free.
If I have the spare funds to try, I’ll review Banana Bag and update this post.