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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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