Homemade Electrolyte or Sports Drink Recipe
Here are a few reasons why you and especially your children should avoid sports drinks. Researchers at University of Maryland exposed the enamel of teeth to a variety of sports drinks including energy drinks. They found the damage to the enamel was 3-11 times greater than a cola-based beverage. Some drinks contain the sugar equivalent of 14 cans of soda along with caffeine and possible other stimulants.
Here are a few more not so healthy ingredients you can expect to find in most sports drink: high fructose corn syrup, sucrose syrup, sucralose and acesulfame potassium, artificial food colors (red, yellow, blue) plus preservatives (EDTA) and emulsifiers like Polysorbate 20. These ingredients are all potentially dangerous especially for young children.
Looking for a safer option to rehydrate?
Try this Homemade Sports/Electrolyte Drink Recipe:
- Pure Organic Fruit Juice (No High Fructose Corn Syrup!)
- Water or Green Tea
- Organic Sea Salt
Fill your sports bottle with half juice and half water. Add a pinch of organic sea sat and shake.
Sports Drink Variations and Information:
You can use table salt, but raw organic sea salt is best to use as an electrolyte source as the minerals of the sea are very similar to our own electrolyte composition in our blood. Sea salt contains 84 minerals. Aside from sodium, you are receiving potassium, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, and more!
The watermelon beverage is just watermelon with seeds preferably and 1/2- 1 inch of grated ginger. I tossed both in my Vitamix which is so easy. Watermelon has lots of nutrients like Vitamins, A, C, D, lycopene and many more. It also acts as a diuretic as well.
Another fun summer drink tip is to freeze organic grapes, melon chunks or pour organic juices into ice cube trays and add to plain water. Be sure to cut large grapes in half or quarters especially for small children.
Stay cool and be healthy!