As a lot of you know by now I am very passionate about health. I think it is just as important to exercise as I do to pay attention to everything you put in your body. So much of todays packaged foods and drinks are laden with chemicals and sugars and I want for you to be aware this.
Sports drinks are among the worst culprits. We look at these as good for us: we exercise…sweat…work hard and need to replenish our fluids and energy. We see gatorade, powerade, etc. and think they fit the bill perfectly. NOT!! Gatorade is made up of mostly chemically treated and refined sugar, as much or more than soda, artificial colors and other ingredients that are horrible for your body. Gatorade just made the decision to phase out a horrible ingredient, Brominated Vegetable Oil, due to the fact that it is linked to serious health consequences like thyroid disease, skin rashes and severe acne…however Powerade still contains it. Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil with bromine atoms added to it, to help manipulate the density of liquids to keep oils from separating. Originally patented as a flame retardant in the 50?s it somehow got in the hands of food scientists who started adding it to sodas and juices (besides being in Gatorade, BVO is in 10% of sodas).
The new “natural” version of Gatorade still has chemically processed refined sugars and questionable natural flavor to cover up the fact that there is absolutely no fruit juice in the drink – hmm, where do the fruit flavors come from??
The good thing about Gatorade and the other sports drinks is that they do replenish electrolytes. I have found a few alternate remedies to make at home that will replenish your electrolytes naturally as well as adding extra nutrition to your diet!! Enjoy!
1. PALEO SPORTS DRINK – Natural Sports Drink Ingredients:
One Quart (32 ounces) of liquid: herbal tea, coconut water or plain water.
1/8-1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt (regular salt will work, but doesn’t have the added trace minerals)
1/4-1/2 tsp calcium magnesium powder or crushed tablets
1/4 cup of juice (lemon, lime, grape, apple, etc)- optional
1 tsp sweetener (honey, stevia, etc) – optional
2. Practically Free Sports Drink Recipe:
32 oz. water
several squeezes of organic lemon or lime juice
1 pinch of sea salt
(optional) small amount of organic stevia to taste
3. Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon – This juice combination works wonders for replacement of electrolytes. The celery has a natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus. Apple provides additional potassium and natural sweetness. Lemon is the highest electrolyte containing citrus fruit.
4. Stir Sea Salt + Baking Soda + Lemon Juice + Maple Syrup into 8 ounces of Water – This is a great natural remedy for serious endurance athletes – You might think drinking baking soda is a little weird, but it’s been used for centuries to treat various aliments. In this case, it’s added to the mix because it makes the body less acidic and provides an additional source of sodium bicarbonate.
5. Shake Raw Coconut Water + Chia Seeds – Raw coconut water has a ton of electrolytes and potassium that will not only help you stay hydrated but also keep your body from getting any cramps. It is completely natural and very low in sugar. Combine this with a packet of chia seeds and you have a 1-2 punch! Chia seeds are an incredible energy food – full of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber. These seeds have the ability to keep you from getting dehydrated because of they can hold 9 times their weight in water! There are travel packs available that don’t need refrigeration either – perfect for just throwing in your gym bag or purse.
6. Blend Frozen Banana + Almond Milk + Kale – This smoothie is extremely hydrating. The banana provides a good source of potassium and magnesium which help regulate your fluid stores. Almonds are extremely rich in magnesium and potassium. When you make your almond milk, make sure you add sea salt (store bought almond milk already has salt added to it). Kale is a superfood and another excellent source of magnesium and calcium.
Now go outside and sweat, so you can enjoy one of these yummy combinations!