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Here is an article in today's New York Times about how pro athletes are now drinking Pedialyte for hydration. I got a kick out of it and thought some of you might too, since this is news in our little corner of the world. The article says that Gatorade has come out with a higher sodium version and a lower sugar version (yay!!) to compete with Pedialyte. I have to find these and check them out.

Three Yards and a Drink That Tastes Like Dust

WHEN Tom Glavine, a star pitcher for the New York Mets, earned his milestone 300th victory on a hot and humid night last month, he had a secret weapon.

It was not illegal. It was so safe a baby could use it. In fact, manybabies do.

Between innings, Mr. Glavine sipped Pedialyte, a liquid sold alongside diapers in drugstores that is meant to quickly rehydrate toddlers experiencing diarrhea. The neon-tinted fluid that comes in grape and other child-friendly flavors contains electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and glucose, which happen to be the basic ingredients in most sports drinks.

Without an iota of marketing effort from Abbott Laboratories, the maker of Pedialyte, the over-the-counter remedy with a teddy bear on its label has developed a small and devoted following among professional and amateur athletes, a trend that long-distance runners seem to have started sometime in the 1980s.

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