Electrolyte Drink Recipe

By Adam Kantrowitz

Electrolyte drink recipe

Electrolyte drinks are quite popular these days. From athletes, to construction workers, to those who just enjoy exercising, products like Gatorade, PowerAde, or Powerbar Perform are used on a daily basis.

However, did you know that a homemade electrolyte drink may be able to outperform these popular sports drinks? It could also save you a lot of money.


Rehydrate Using These Electrolyte Drink Recipes

The problem with most popular sports drinks is their focus on sodium plus a little bit of potassium.

While these are both important electrolytes, magnesium, chloride, phosphorus and trace mineral electrolytes should be included as well.


Citrus electrolyte boost

What You Need:

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of water

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Real Salt

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or raw sugar 


Substitutions

Use fresh orange juice in the place of one of the other citrus fruits. 


Benefits

This is a great tasting drink that is low in sugar when compared to most common electrolyte drinks. For instance, Gatorade has 28 grams of sugar in a 1/4 cup serving.

Lemons contain sodium and potassium, but also magnesium and phosphorus. Limes contain all the same electrolytes except the magnesium.

Oranges are rich in all of the major electrolytes except for sodium and can be used as a viable substitute. If you are using a juicer, remove the peel, but keep the seeds, which are particularly high in magnesium and potassium.


Strawberry-coconut rehydration

What You Need:

  • 3 cups of natural coconut water

  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Real Salt

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or raw sugar

  • 1 cup of water


Benefits

Coconut water has a ton of potassium plus a lot of magnesium.

Strawberries are high in potassium.

This is a great way to get a lot of electrolytes without the 34 grams of sugar in a serving of PowerAde.


Green electrolyte tea

What You Need:

  • 4 cups of fresh brewed green tea

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Real Salt

  • ¼ cup of citrus juice or coconut water

  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of honey or raw sugar


Benefits

Green tea makes a great base for a healthy beverage, even though it isn't high in electrolytes on its own.

The salt, citrus juice, and coconut water are where you get the potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium to keep you hydrated. 


Sea mineral electrolyte drink recipe

This may just be the ultimate electrolyte drink recipe. Give it a try, and enjoy the rehydrating benefits first hand.

What You Need:

  • 1 teaspoon of Ionic Sea Minerals

  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (optional, to provide extra sodium to help prevent muscle cramps caused by heavy sweating)

  • Fresh lemon juice and natural sweetener (to taste) or a lemonade mix

  • 1 liter of water 


Benefits

The sea minerals contain all of the major electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, and numerous trace mineral electrolytes.

Creating a lemonade flavor will mask the bitterness of the magnesium and potassium in the sea minerals.


Conclusion, electrolyte drink recipe

Popular electrolyte drinks are a bit incomplete when it comes to their electrolyte content.

Besides this, look at their labels. Most are high in sugar, plus they contain ingredients that you might want to avoid.

Whether you exercise hard, have a physically demanding job, or need to rehydrate during an illness, making your own electrolyte drink may be the better option. Hopefully the above recipes will help to get you going in the right direct.

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