How to Make Your Own Electrolyte Energy Drink

We tend to see athletes guzzling down bottles of Electrolyte Energy Drink (the neon-colored liquid) in most TV ads and real life, surely they do help you maintain your body’s balance of electrolytes during or after periods of heavy exercise.

But when you look closer, you’re really just paying a shocking price for a glorified, brightly colored, sugar water.

An excess of processed and refined sweetener is never a good thing, and while artificial flavors and colors don’t technically do much to help our health, owing to the fact that has been over processed.

We’ve been told by companies that 0ur body need an extra-special drink to recover from some sweat.

Firstly, there is a huge difference between athletes that exercise hardcore for hours and those dedicated to fifteen-minute morning workout routines.

Secondly, staying well hydrated and eating healthy is mostly enough to maintain a balance of electrolytes.

For those periods that you do have a heavier workout, you can make your own sports drink. It’s simple, quick, and naturally refreshing.

Ingredients Required

Lemons, limes, oranges, salt, honey, water, coconut water, sugar, strawberries.

First Recipe

You will need 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water, depending on how strong you want the flavor
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

Throw in everything into a food blender and blend until the honey is melted, or you can make use of some elbow grease and blend it by hand.

Pour yourself a tall glass, drop in a few ice cubes, and enjoy.

Second Recipe

You will need a 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

Same mentioned above. You can divide or double the recipe as you need, and feel free to experiment with flavors.

Keep in mind citrus fruits, especially orange, are a great source of electrolytes

Sweet and Smooth Recipe

You will need 3 cups of coconut water
A cup of strawberries
A cup of fresh water and a cup of ice
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

Toss everything into your blender and allow it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

Electrolytes and Their Importance to the Body

There are lots of electrolytes out there, but in our bodies, they are mainly calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen phosphate (a mineral) and hydrogen carbonate (a salt.) These electrolytes are important for survival.

Not only could our body not function if we didn’t have them, if we dilute them too much, it can lead to death by water poisoning.

They control our nerve and muscle function, our hydration, the pH of our blood, damaged tissue rebuilding, and determining blood pressure.

In order for a muscle to contract from the heart to the tiniest toe muscle, it requires the electrolytes calcium, sodium, and potassium.

Too less and muscles become weak, too much and they over-contract.

These electrolytes can easily be gotten by eating a balanced diet but humans will push their bodies, and during vigorous exercise, you sweat, and when you sweat your body is losing electrolytes.

There are also times that diet won’t be enough. Many pregnant women have discovered that they need additional means of getting electrolytes during their pregnancy period, or when a person is ill.

Regardless of the reason why you’re drinking one though, try making your own first.

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