When the summer strikes, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. Because we tend to sweat more, we lose more water than normal, as well as electrolytes.
Electrolytes can come from a variety of minerals in our diet, including sodium, chloride, potassium, and calcium. They help our body maintain a healthy fluid balance, play a role in nerve and muscle function, among many other things.
You can get the electrolytes you need from a well-balanced diet, but in the summer heat, there’s nothing like a cool drink to beat the heat. While many bottled sports drinks contain a good balance of electrolytes, they are are also expensive and typically packed with added sugar and chemical additives that your body simply doesn’t need. Instead, try our homemade electrolyte elixir!
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (1 full lemon)
- 1/8 cup lime juice (1/2 of a lime)
- 2 tsp. sweetener of choice (ex. honey, maple syrup, stevia)
- pinch of sea salt (1/8 tsp)
Instructions: Combine lemon juice, lime juice, sweetener, and salt in a pitcher. Then add filtered water and ice, and stir to mix thoroughly.
That’s our base recipe, but if you’re looking for something…
Refreshing: add crushed mint leaves.
Fruity: add 100% fruit punch or pomegranate juice.
Tangy: add freshly squeezed ginger juice.
Tropical: add a splash of unsweetened coconut water.