Since this is a topic we can all relate to, I thought I’d start with something simple. If you still have some of your colon, you probably won’t have as many issues staying hydrated. But with an ileostomy, where your colon has been removed, you’ve lost most of your ability to absorb fluid efficiently. So you need electrolytes and sodium to help. There are a number of really good products to chose from. Many doctors will just automatically send you to a GatorAid product, but I personally get tired of them quickly. My choices are Propel, DripDrop, and LiquidIV. All are easy to find and purchase. At our support group we had a session on hydration and distributed the following graphic. It’s summer now, so staying hydrated is more important than ever!