Homemade Sports Drink

by Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.

ElectrolyteEverything good about rehydration drinks

Rehydration drinks or electrolyte beverages are beneficial for kids and adults alike. They help to maintain electrolyte levels in the body, especially if you catch a gastroenteritis or during sustained physical activity. If you do intense physical activity for an hour or more, it’s important to rehydrate with an electrolyte drink that you can sip on taking in small quantities at a time. If you still feel dehydrated after doing sports, you can continue drinking to replenish electrolytes in the body. The most important thing is to rely on your thirst.

Of the main electrolytes in the body, we find mainly, calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium. Electrolytes are found in mineral salts that ensure basic body functions such as the regulation of our heart beat, muscular contractions and so much more.

On the market, in just about any store, we find Gatorade or Pedialyte. But, you don’t need to spend that much money on these drinks when it’s so easy and quick to prepare one at home.

A lot of sugar and coloring

When we look at the ingredients of these drinks, we see that they often contain high fructose corn syrup. Fructose is the sweetest of all carbohydrates and is found in so many processed foods such as soft drinks. It’s linked to many pathologies such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

The scarlet colors found in drinks are made of artificial coloring. Is this really necessary? Note that artificial coloring is mainly derived from petrol and suspected to be linked to hyperactivity (ADHD) and some forms of cancer.

Homemade electrolyte drink recipe

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There you have it. You have every reason to want to prepare this drink yourself. Plus, there’s no need to buy any specific ingredients. You have everything you need in your pantry.

  • 1 litre of filtered water
  • the juice of 1 citrus fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit or lime)
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • a pinch of baking soda

Mix well and enjoy!

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[1] Food dyes : A rainbow of risks, june 2010. Center for science in the public interest. Sarah Kobylewski, Ph.D. and Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D

Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.
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Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.

Fanny Vandenhende, naturopath ND, is passionate about naturopathy, an alternative medicine that aims to restore health through natural methods. A graduate of ÉESNQ (École d’enseignement supérieur de naturopathie du Québec), she is currently continuing her training and also practicing at the Clinique Mille Mains, found in the Montreal neighbourhood of Villeray.

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