Upgraded Hydration: Homemade Sports Drinks

Water is the single most important nutrient we consume. It is a key component to each of the millions of biochemical reactions that happen in our bodies every second. It’s estimated that 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated, so dehydration is a real concern. You may be all too familiar with the number one symptom of chronic dehydration: midday fatigue. Hitting your target daily water intake can sometimes be a challenge with a busy schedule, but it’s a good idea to find ways that help you to stay hydrated.

Upgrade Your Water

A great way to upgrade your water and maximize the benefits you get from drinking it, is to make your own sports drinks. The vast majority of store-bought energy drinks and juices come with added sugars, additives and are also heavily processed. Steer clear of anything that is a color you can’t find in nature! When you make your own, you can ensure you get all the good stuff, none of the bad, and that they are refreshing, thirst-quenching and delicious as well! Fresh sliced produce and some added electrolytes in purified water is all it takes!

Electrolytes

People often mistakenly think of water as the sole component of hydration, but minerals and electrolytes play just as critical of a role. The best place to find the electrolytes your body craves is in mineral-rich salts. Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt contain around 84 trace minerals and nutrients that help your cells send and receive messages, and support more complete hydration.

Recipes

Just slice up some fruits, veggies and herbs and let them soak in purified water for a few hours in the fridge. Add a few pinches of healthy salt, and you’ve upgraded your water to be super-hydrating. Here are some flavor combinations to get you started:

  • Cucumber & Mint
  • Lemon & Ginger
  • Pineapple & Mint
  • Watermelon & Rosemary
  • Raspberry & Lime
  • Orange, Lemon & Lime
  • Lime & Mint
  • Grape & Honeydew
  • Blackberry & Sage
  • Tangerine & Cucumber

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