Why spend your money on sports or eletrolyte drinks that are artificially flavored sugar and salt water, when you can make your own refreshing and delicious version at home, using healthy ingredients?
Yes making these energy drinks are quite easy. What’s more, you can be sure that the ingredients are fresh and not loaded with chemicals, as those energy drinks have.
What are Electrolytes and Why Do Our Bodies Need Them?
Electrolytes are basically salts, most specifically the ions in salt. They are important because they are what your heart, muscles and nerve cells use to carry electrical impulses and maintain voltages across their cell membranes, to other cells.
Furthermore, when you have diarrhea, experienced vomiting and get the flu, you lose electrolytes and need to replenish them. This is also the case for a person who exercises a lot, they lose electrolytes, most specifically potassium and sodium through sweat.
So What’s in a Typical Energy Drinks?
It has the following ingredients: Water, citric acid, dextrose, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, natural flavors, etc. Other sports drinks contain other harmful ingredients such as refined sugars, brominated vegetable oils and artificial colors.
1. Lemon-Pomegranate Electrolyte Drink
Servings: Makes 4 (8 ounces or 1 cup)
Yield: 32 ounces
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup pomegranate juice
- 1½ cups coconut water, unsweetened
- 2 cups cold water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
1. Add all the ingredients and whisk. Chill and serve.
2. Citrus Electrolyte Drink
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 cups of fresh water
- 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup, organic
- 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
1. Put and add all the ingredients in a blender. Then blend well and serve.
3. Ginger Electrolyte Energy Drink
Yield: 1.5 liters
- 3 juice of lemons
- 1/2 liter of ginger water (please see below recipe)
- 1 liter water
- Stevia to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon seasalt
Ginger Water Recipe:
- 1 ginger root, medium-sized
- 1 liter water
- Liquid stevia, to taste (pure stevia extract)
Instruction for Ginger Water:
1. Cut ginger into large coin pieces and put into a large pot. Add water.
2. Bring water to a boil and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. Just let the ginger water steep until cool.
3. Add the liquid stevia to taste and put in an airtight container for storage. Then put in the fridge.
1. Put and mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher. Stir to combine and then refrigerate.
You can double or half the recipe as you desired and feel free to experiment with flavors. Always remember that citrus fruits, most especially oranges, are a good source of electrolytes.