How many times have to finished a hot summer run, bike ride, or workout and noticed – once you dried off a little – that your face and arms are covered in salt?
When you sweat, your body not only releases water so it can evaporate off your skin and cool your body temperature, but electrolytes – “any of the ions (as of sodium or calcium) that in biological fluid regulate or affect most metabolic processes” – seep from your pores as well.
These electrolytes are in charge of all sorts of things but especially muscle activity (check out the sodium-potassium pump).
Many people know they need to rehydrate with water when they spend a lot of time in the heat – exercising, working, etc.- but don’t know they need to replace electrolytes as well.
If you lose too many electrolytes without replacing them, your muscles can’t work properly, which can lead to muscle cramps.
In extreme cases, a severe lack of electrolytes can cause the heart (remember it is a muscle) not to function properly either. And, we certainly don’t want that.
You can always buy commercial electrolyte drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, etc., OR…
You can make this Easy DIY Electrolyte Drink with ONLY natural ingredients!
I found the recipe in Women’s Running Magazine, and gave it a try. It’s quite tasty and simple to make!
- 2 Cups Coconut Water
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (I used Celtic Sea Salt because it’s what I had)
- 2 tsp Raw Honey
- Squeeze of Lime (I had lemon juice, but fresh is likely better)
Put it all in a bottle and shake it up!
You can drink it immediately or put in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day.
(Approximate for 16 oz)
- Calories: 133
- Carbs: 35g
- Protein: 0g
- Fat: 0g
- Sodium: 480mg
- Potassium: 939mg
- Calcium: 10%
- Vitamin C: 202%
Here’s the interesting thing –
The purpose of this drink is the replace the sodium and potassium you lose when you sweat. The really cool thing is that the easy DIY electrolyte drink provides more than double the amount of sodium and over 15 times the potassium as Gatorade or Powerade.
AND you can pronounce all the ingredients.
So, this summer give this DIY electrolyte drink a try and see what you think.
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