Yearly August Exhaustion – My Remedy


Well, it is a start of another week tomorrow.  Last week was quite long for me.  I was always tired and exhausted and had no idea why.  I slept most of the night and ended up sleeping most of the day as well.  I told some friends it was probably related to the weather changes.

Well, I just happened to read a post I wrote nearly a year ago.  On August 20, 2008, I wrote a blog entry wondering if the season changes were causing my exhaustion.  Now I think it more related to the weather changing from hot to cool within the same day (I am very acclimated in Saigon now).  Normally this exhaustions lasts about a week or two.  I also usually start taking my allergy medicine during this time as well but I still have not figured out the sweet soup Vietnamese eat during this time (read last year’s post).

I think many Expats will have noticed a lot of other expats being sick as well, normally with stomach ailments.  I think one culprit is the lack of sugar AND salt.  I try to drink an electrolyte during this time.  I prefer to make my own.  Here is my recipe for my orange electrolyte:

  • 1.5 liter water (I buy a 1.5 liter water bottle)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (bot no)
  • 1 .5 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoon sugar (or less if you prefer)
  • 6 tablespoon Tang (or favorite drink mix)

Most importantly, just try to get out of your air conditioned room for a couple hours if you can.  Hopefully this will help some people.