Summer is finally sweltering all over- and the thing that is going to keep you most energized and radiant is staying hydrated. Whether you’re into outdoor sports, trying to get through a pregnancy, or like me are simply sweating buckets while sitting down in the DR heat, the simple truth is that most water just isn’t going to cut it. Some lucky folks enjoy tap water that contains many trace minerals, but a lot of us use filtered water that has had much of its mineral content removed. When you drink tons of water that is demineralized, you can actually dehydrate your body faster, leaving your muscles and nerves depleted of vital electrolytes. If you’re experiencing increased muscle cramps, headaches, or lethargy this is probably the case.
Store bought bottled electrolyte ‘recovery’ drinks don’t help you much. They are made with chemically treated refined sugars and contain food dyes as well as artificial flavoring and other less-than-stellar ingredients such as brominated vegetable oils. At the end of the day you’re spending a whole lot of money to pump your body full of sugar water which is produced by companies that are depleting the world of it’s water stores and exploiting natural resources.
I will not argue that a drink containing natural electrolytes is refreshing and hydrating- especially after a day in the hot sun. If you want to replace overpriced sport drinks, it is really simple to make your own at home.
Using my knowledge of the functioning of the human body and plant nutrients, I’ve created a great drink that is cheap and easy to make and works really well for me. Check out the ingredient benefits:
Limes: Energy & Immunity provided with vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper
Cucumber: Cooling properties due to high levels of potassium and enzymes that help assimilate other nutrients and reduce inflammation caused by dehydration.
Raw Honey: Sugar with fiber- unlike processed sugars honey contains fiber so it is slow burning plus a ton of B vitamins so that your body can assimilate the sugar without becoming depleted. OR give the bees a break and enjoy maple syrup instead for similar benefits.
Sea Salt: Trace mineral powerhouse that delivers more than just sodium! This unprocessed salt reduces appetite and has multiple health benefits.
This recipe is truly synergistic and works to quench thirst, alkalize and heal the body. Want to learn more about how balanced levels of minerals leads to optimal health? Contact me now. We all lose and replace electrolytes at different rates, as everyone is different, but you can vary the recipe to satisfy your own body. This is basically lemonade with a dash of salt that is super tasty and refreshing. Bottoms up!
Super Simple Electrolyte Drink Recipe
In a blender, blend all of the ingredients together until the honey is dissolved. Taste test and adjust as needed. Enjoy 1.5 cups at a time. Salud!
Ariel Richards, R.H.N.