posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 05:43 PM
One of the biggest issues with troops, particularly large armies, in the olden days was poop. Specifically, very runny, the anxiety and stress and so
forth made you very unable to hold it all in until your body relaxed enough.
To me, it sounds like a solution of gatorade or other isotonic drink, mixed with a bulk agent to keep you, less regular so you didn't die of
Calcium would give you the stool hardening effect (consumption of antacids do it very well), and would give a suitable thick, chalky tasting drink,
and I would imagine, they'd mix in some laxative to reduce the total effec t (Milk of Magnesia) so you could go at least somewhat.
That's my theory, the other thought was it was one of those drinks to keep you regular, in the UK its called Movicol, and is powdered plastic, tastes
like crap and is SALTY and thick, but if it constipates you, my best guess is some sort of metal either for stomach or colon regularity or antacid