If you’re an athlete, gym junkie or someone who exercises on a normal basis, you are probably used to drinking Gatorade or similar sports recovery drinks.
The problem with these fluorescent drinks is that they are a bunch of harmful and useless chemicals packed in a bottle.
Artificial dyes and unrefined sugar can cause more harm to your body than hydrating it. The amount of sugar alone will make it almost impossible to lose unwanted weight while artificial dyes and carcinogens can cause tumors and cancer.
They may taste good from the artificial flavoring, but I wouldn’t sacrifice my healthy cells for them.
After a hard workout, my body wants and craves REAL electrolytes to refuel and properly recover.
Electrolytes are beneficial since they help boost energy and maintain hydration. So you do need the electrolyte such as sodium and potassium that you’ve lost from sustained activity. But you sure don’t need Dye #911 or flame retardant!
As always I will never give you the good news without backing it up with some good news. The good news is you can make your own electrolyte sports drink. It’s actually pretty simple and delicious. You can also customize it in according to your favorite flavor.
In order for a recovery sports drink to be effective, it has to contain the electrolytes that I mentioned earlier. Ideally it should contain water, sodium, and carbohydrates.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own sports drink! Just follow this recipe guideline and you will have a more affordable, healthy, and effective drink in minutes.
If you’re pressed for time, just mix the following ingredients in a mason jar or sports bottle and shake. Best to drink chilled. If you have a juicer or a blender, you can also whip up a delicious green juice or smoothie after a hard workout.
Liquid base. Your liquid base can be either filtered water, unsweetened coconut water, or green tea.
Electrolytes. Add a dash of Himalayan salt, or sea salt for every 8 ounces of fluid.
Carbohydrate. Add a few tablespoon of natural fruit juice. Your next best option is a drizzle of raw honey, or liquid Stevia.
Extra flavorings. You can squeeze in some fresh lemon, orange, or lime for added flavors and additional enzymes. Lemons are natural detoxifying fruits which can also help your organs eliminate toxins, which will aid with weight loss.
Recipe for Homemade Electrolyte Drinks
- Quick and basic – 2 cups real natural fruit juice, 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt.
- Coconut chia – 16oz (about 2 cups) of coconut water + 1/4 tsp sea salt + 1/2 tbs chia seeds (for protein and omega 3’s)
- Cranberry flush – 2 cups water (or coconut water) + 1/4 cup cranberry juice + 1/4 tsp sea salt + 2 tbs lemon juice. Cranberry juice will also help you cleanse your kidneys and bladder while detoxing the lymphatic system.
- Real Lemonade– Combine 3.5 cups water with 1 cup real natural fruit juice, 2.5 tablespoons raw honey or pure maple syrup , ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, 1 whole lemon (about 2 tbsp).
- Green juice – If you have a juicer, make this refreshing electrolyte booster! 5 celery stalks + 1 apple, 1/2 lemon. The celery contains natural sodium.
- Green smoothie– Blend 1 cup almond milk + 1 cup kale + 1 banana + 1 apple + ice
- Orange baking soda – 1 cup lemon juice + 1/2 cup pure maple syrup + 1 tsp sea salt + 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1 gallon of distilled water (recipe courtesy of healthhomehappy). Baking soda is very alkaline and has been found to be effective in boosting multiple sprint performances by neutralizing lactic acid buildup, thereby delaying muscle pain and fatigue.