My kids have battled a few viruses in the last few months. I feel as though sports drinks have been recommended “because they need electrolytes” on more occasions than I can count. Two of these recommendations were from physicians. I am somewhat surprised that so many people think that you need to consume these store-bought chemical, dye, and sugar filled sports drinks in order to obtain electrolytes. You simply don’t, it is very easy to make a homemade electrolyte drink at home for your family.
You may be wondering what is an electrolyte anyway? I thought the same thing and here is the short of it:
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are charged particles called ions that are dissolved in water. The most important electrolytes in your body are potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.
Why should we drink electrolytes when we are sick?
When you are sick your body loses electrolytes and fluid. The electrolytes that you lose most often are sodium, potassium and chloride. Losing too many electrolytes or fluid can have negative effects on your body.
What are the benefits of making your own electrolyte drink?
The main reason is the fact that you know exactly what you and your family are consuming.
Here is the label from a bottle of grape Gatorade:
Sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, flavors, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40 and blue 1. GROSS!
Here are the ingredients in my homemade electrolyte drink:
- 4 cups of coconut water or water
- 1 cup freshly juiced/squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup of freshly juiced/squeezed lemon juice
- 6- 8 tablespoons of sweetener (I use raw, local honey)
- 1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt (NOT table salt)
This homemade electrolyte drink will rehydrate you and keep your electrolyte level up without the dyes, chemicals, and excess sugars that are commonly found in store-bought electrolyte drinks. Coconut water is high in potassium (and antioxidants) as is citrus juice. You can easily half, double, or even triple this recipe to fit your needs. My kids absolutely love this electrolyte drink!
How to make homemade electrolyte drinks:
Mix all of the ingredients listed above, the homemade version NOT the Gatorade label ;). Combine until the honey or sweetener is totally dissolved into the drink. Serve or store in your refrigerator.
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