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4 Homemade Electrolyte Recipes You Can Make At Home

4 Homemade Electrolyte Recipes You Can Make At Home

Sports drinks were once only popular with athletes, but today their popularity has soared outside of the world of sports. But should you drink sports drinks?  If so, did you know that instead of paying the high prices for sports drinks you could always make them in your own kitchen?

Should You Drink Electrolyte Drinks?

Today there is a huge fuss about electrolytes – but what are they are and do we really need them?  Electrolytes are essentially vitamins and minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.  These vitamins and minerals are essential for our survival.

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A person eating a balanced diet usually won’t need to replace their electrolytes with a drink.  However, there are instances when eating a balanced diet is simply not enough.  Humans constantly push their bodies to the limit.  Athletes, for example, constantly work their bodies causing them to sweat.  When you sweat, you lose electrolytes.  It is this reason that has made sports drinks such as popular drink among athletes for years.  But losing electrolytes isn’t just a problem for athletes; anyone doing physical labor can lose electrolytes.  Pregnant women often find their bodies need more electrolytes even if they eat a very balanced diet!

So, while you don’t necessarily have to drink a sports drink containing electrolytes, if you are pushing your body to its limits it could be one of the easiest ways you can restore your electrolyte levels while simultaneously quenching your thirst.

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Benefits of Creating Your Own Sports Drink

There are many benefits to choosing to make your own sports drink in your kitchen instead of just heading to the store to buy them.

  1. Save you money – This is by far one of the biggest benefits you will find.  After just a few trips to the store to buy name brand sports drinks, you will find that if you just buy the proper ingredients, you can save a lot of money compared to just purchasing them at the store.
  2. Know Your Ingredients – If you are buying the ingredients and making them yourself, you know exactly what is going into each homemade sports drink.  When you buy a sports drink in the store, you don’t know for sure where their ingredients came from and what they quality of each ingredient is that you are putting into your body.
  3. Flavor Variety – One of the best parts of making them yourself is you can create and customize the flavors of your drinks to your tastes.  This allows you to create new flavors so you aren’t limited to the flavors you will find at your local grocery store.

4 Recipes for Creating Your Own Electrolyte Drinks

Now that you have decided to try to make your own electrolyte drinks yourself, you are going to need to a few recipes to help get you started.  To help get you going, we have four electrolyte drink recipes that you can use so you never have to head to the store for your sports drinks ever again.

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Cranberry-Pomegranate Electrolyte Recipe

  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 cups cold water

Directions:  Mix all the ingredients together using a blender or using a pitcher and a whisk.  Chill and serve cold.

Lemon-Lime Electrolyte Recipe

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of natural sugar or honey

Directions:  Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend the mixture until the honey is dissolved.  Chill and serve cold.

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Breakfast Blend Electrolyte Recipe

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey

Directions:  Pour all the ingredients into a blender and mix them until the honey dissolves.  Chill and serve cold.

Strawberry Smoothie Electrolyte Recipe

  • 3 cups of coconut water
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of natural sugar or honey

Directions:  Place all the ingredients into your blender at the same time and blend them until all the ingredients are smooth.  Chill and serve cold.

Conclusion

Remember, there are no limits to what kinds of electrolyte drinks you can create if you make them at home.  Take these recipes and feel free to experiment so you can create your own unique blends of electrolyte drinks that are much healthier, tastier and cheaper than those drinks you can buy in the store.

Featured photo credit: Craftworks via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 26, 2021

Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

Are you a red wine drinker? What if I tell you sipping in a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise? Yup, it’s tried and tested. A new scientific study has just confirmed this wonderful news. So next time you hold a glass of Merlot, you can brag about one hour of hard workout. Rejoice, drinkers!

What the study found out

“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for the more improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”

(applauds)

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I’m not saying this, but the study’s principal investigator Jason Dyck who got it published in the Journal of Physiology in May.

In a statement to ScienceDaily, Dyck pointed out that resveratrol is your magic “natural compound” which lavishes you with the same benefits as you would earn from working out in the gym.

And where do you find it? Fruits, nuts and of course, red wine!

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Did I forget to mention Dyck also researched resveratrol can “enhance exercise training and performance”?

There are limits, of course

But, all is not gold as they say. If you’re a lady who likes to flaunt holding a glass of white wine in the club or simply a Chardonnay-lover,you have a bad (sad) news. The “one hour workout” formula only works with red wine, not non red wines. And don’t be mistaken and think you’ve managed 4 to 6 hours of workout sessions if you happen to gulp down a bottle of red wine.

And what can replace the golden lifetime benefits of exercise?Exercise is just as important as you age. Period! But hey, don’t be discouraged; look at the bigger picture here. A glass of red wine is not a bad deal after all!

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The health benefits of red wine

But just how beneficial is the red alcoholic beverage to your body? As we all know red wine is a healthier choice youc an make when boozing.

Let’s hear it from a registered dietitian. Leah Kaufman lists red wine as the “most calorie friendly” alcoholic beverage. Sure, you won’t mind adding up to a mere 100 calories per 5-ounce glass of red wine after you realize it contains antioxidants, lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces risk of diabetes-related diseases, helps avoid formation of blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol level.

Wantmore? Wine could also replace your mouthwash because the flavan-3-ols in red wines can control the “bad bacteria” in your mouth.To add to that list of benefits, moderate wine drinking may be beneficial for your eyes too – a recent study mentions.

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Be aware of the risks, too

Having mentioned all the ‘goods’ about red wine, you cannot underplay the fact that it is still an alcohol, which isn’t the best stuff to pour into your body. What is excessive drinking going to do to your body? Know the risks and you should be a good drinker at the end of the day.

However, you don’t want to discard the red vino from your “right eating”regimen just because it stains your teeth blue. M-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. Did you read that? That’s the operative word when it comes to booze.

By the way, when chocolate is paired with wine, particularly red, they can bring you some exceptional benefits towards your health.But again, if you tend to go overboard and booze down bottles after bottles, you are up for the negative side of alcohol, and we all know what too much of sweetness (sugar) can do to our body (open invitation to diabetes and heart diseases if you aren’t aware).

Folks, the red grape beverage is certainly a good buy to have a good hour’s worth of cardio, provided you keep the ‘M’ word in mind. Cheers!

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