Henry J. Binder, Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Medicine at Yale, didn’t set out to create a better Gatorade—but in looking for a means to help people suffering from dehydration to better absorb nutrients he may have done just that. “Dehydration in patients with diarrhea is due to large amounts of electrolyte and fluid loss stimulated by chloride secretion,” says Binder. He wanted to find a way to increase the body’s ability to retain fluids when it needed them most.

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