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Here's A Quick Way To Make Your Own Sports Drink

Posted by Kathy Maraz

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July 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Exercising causes the body to become depleted in many nutrients.   Athletes that exercise for long and strenuous training sessions are especially prone to grab sports drinks.   When exercising you lose minerals, electrolytes and water through sweating.  If these electrolytes aren’t replaced you can become dehydrated, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

These nutrients include:

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Some B vitamins

Sports drinks are available to help replace these much needed nutrients after exercising.

However many of the sports drinks on the shelves of grocery stores are filled with ingredients that we don’t need, and are often costly.

Store bought sports drinks often carry:

  • High amounts of sugar
  • High levels of sodium
  • Artificial flavourings and colours
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine

An easy and less expensive way to replenish this much needed nutrients after exercise would be to make your own.  Making your own at home enables you to control the ingredients that you are putting into the drink.  Many of the ingredients that you need are already in your kitchen cupboard.

Reasons to make your own sports drinks:

  • Inexpensive
  • No added sugar
  • No artificial colours
  • No artificial flavourings
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Easy and fast

Sport Drink Recipe

½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

1 teaspoon raw honey

Juice of ½ lemon

20 oz. water

Himalayan salt will provide your body with

84 trace minerals that can be depleted during exercise. 

Honey:

  • Allows you to maintain higher blood sugar levels better than most carbohydrates
  • Helps with muscle recuperation
  • Helps with glycogen repletion
  • Contains antioxidants

Lemon:

  • High in vitamin C
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Helps with weight loss
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