Electrolytes are minerals found in your blood that carry an electric charge. They are crucial to the powering of the body’s cells (nerve, heart, muscle, etc). When you participate in strenuous exercise, you lose electrolytes through sweat, especially sodium and potassium. Your body then begins to work hard to replace them and keep electrolyte concentrations in your bodily fluids consistent. Electrolytes are also commonly depleted during bouts of nausea and vomiting, when a lot of fluid is expelled from the body.
Remember the days when you used to think it was healthy to drink Gatorade (full of electrolytes, and also tons of sugar) after a workout? We now know that Gatorade and similar sports drink usually contain more bad stuff than good. You don’t need them to boost your electrolyte count.
The following is a recipe for a homemade, all-natural electrolyte cocktail that will have you feeling balanced and rejuvenated after a workout or a bout of illness.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink salt or sea salt
2 cups of filtered water or raw coconut water
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp organic honey or organic maple syrup
1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Drink cold!