Here’s what you need to know about store-bought electrolyte drinks:
First and foremost, they are made of chemically-treated, refined sugars.Next, they contain food dyes in abundance as well as artificial flavors, and other ‘less-than-stellar’ ingredients such as brominated vegetable oils.
All of these are ingredients which I cautiously choose not to send down my esophagus, so why would I serve my children (or my friends for that matter) a drink that contains all of the above junk ingredients?
And just think about how much money you are spending on trumped up sugar water! The fact is that we have been misled to believe through ads [and the companies behind them of course] that we need special drinks to recover from a bit of sweating!
It is very important to stay well-hydrated in a scorching-hot weather, especially so if you are working, or exercising in the open, and you are sweating a lot. Many experts agree that most people will be fine if they simply drink enough water and have a well-balanced diet. And there is a world of difference between athletes who are working out every day for hours on end, and those of us who do a 20-minute workout before breakfast!
However, I have heard testimonies from a lot of people, one being an expecting woman, who found that they were having a hard time staying hydrated just by drinking plain water. At the advice of her doctor, my pregnant friend started making a homemade hydration drink with natural electrolytes in it, that helped her stay well hydrated during the hot summer months while she was pregnant.
What is the function of salts in the body?
What you should know is that electrolytes are basically salts.
Salts keep your body’s electrical conductivity in order to maintain cell voltage necessary for receiving and passing on information. Ordinary table salts work just fine in the body as long as they contain sodium chloride. Some salts also have potassium iodide, which will ‘make the day’ for your cocktail.
Other electrolytes in our bodies are: sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen phosphate (a mineral) and hydrogen carbonate. These electrolytes are vital for our survival, so if we dilute them beyond measure, it can lead to a premature death by “water poisoning.”
DIY Electrolyte Drink Recipe
- 2 cups of water, or raw coconut water
- ½ cup fresh orange juice or nectarine of your choice
- ¼ cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. of organic raw honey, or organic maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. Himalayan Pink salt, or Celtic sea salt
- Mix well until salty and sweet ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Drink at a time of illness, weakness, before and after exercise, or at any other time you need to replenish lost electrolytes in your body.
Note: Store the drink in the fridge when you are not into it.
Health benefits of the ingredients:
1. Coconut water
It will supply you with instant energy and will balance electrolytes in your body. The balance of electrolytes in the coconut water mimics your blood’s electrolyte balance, and it is refreshing and delicious as well.
2. Sea salt
The salt plays an important role of balancing the stress hormones during exercise. The salt also reduces adrenaline levels, and supports overall metabolic health. It is recommended that you use Pink Himalayan salt because it has a good amount of trace minerals present.
Citrus fruits are rich in electrolytes, with lemons having the most of them. Rich in vitamin C, these fruits also help to maintain the immune system in a top-notch form (as my friend Rodney Spielberg always reminds me!), and make the greatest remedies for many cold and flu symptoms.
4. Raw honey or maple syrup
The raw honey contains natural enzymes and minerals. Also, the easily-digestible sugars in it are great to keep your energy at highest in the course of sporting activities. Raw honey is also a known natural antibiotic, and due to this property it is so great at soothing coughs and healing sore throats.
Here is another advice for a homemade electrolytes-rich drink to prevent electrolyte imbalances:
You can make a homemade V8-style juice, if you have a juicer, using celery, tomatoes, carrots, a bit of parsley, a handful of greens, and even onion and garlic or red pepper (celery contains natural sodium, and can make this juice a bit “salty” to taste, but some people like to add a dash more of unrefined salt and ground pepper).
Another option is a simple vegetable and fruit juice using 6 celery sticks, 1 apple, and half of a lemon juice.