I was recently contacted by the company that makes Speedlyte oral electrolyte solution, as they are looking to address the needs of the gastroparesis community when to comes to dehydration. They sent me several bottles of their product to try and here are my thoughts…
There are no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, which is a big plus in my book. While Speedlyte has less sugar than some other electrolyte drinks, it is still a sugar-sweetened beverage, which I generally recommend limiting. I found the taste comparable to other oral rehydrating solutions, such as Pedialyte. Of the orange, lemon-lime, grape, and unflavored (which does have a distinct taste), I liked the orange flavor the most. None of them are what I’d call tasty but they’re drinkable.
Based on their own pre-clinical and clinical trials, as well as feedback from those with gastroparesis, Speedlyte seems to reduce the need for IV hydration and alleviate symptoms of dehydration better than other electrolyte drinks. This is due to the use of Encapsulated Nano-Electroytes technology.
My main concern was the inclusion of methylparaben as a preservative. I asked the company about this and their response was that the amount used is very small (see chart below) and that, based on this study, methylparaben only becomes controversial at significantly greater quantities. The use of the ingredient may be even less concerning considering smaller quantities of Speedlyte are needed in comparison to other electrolyte formulas.
Overall, the Speedlyte seems like a good option* for those who struggle with dehydration, especially if you cannot drink larger quantities of fluid and/or you often need IV hydration. This might also be helpful for those with POTS in addition to gastroparesis.
*Please remember, I am a health coach and not a medical professional. Talk with doctor if you have any questions about this or other health concerns.