When it comes to hydration, everyone immediately thinks of water. Seems a natural thing to do yet are we missing something?
See, when you sweat, it’ isn’t just water is it? So why does it seem that the average person only replenishes with water? Why has marketing seem to tell us that Gatorade(or any other electrolyte drink) is only a sports drink? That seems misleading.
As I get older, you start to pay more attention to your health. The young never do as they full of life and energy and the typical “I’m in good shape, nothing to worry here”. There is some justification of the immortal feeling of youth but that does seem to fade rather quickly for most people doesn’t it?
A few weeks ago I was just sweeping and moping my apartment. Nothing that anyone would consider ‘intense’ as far as physical requirements yet I was sweating quite a bit. So then I got this idea in my head, I should look into electrolytes more. I bought a case of PowerAde and drank that as my ‘water’ replacement( typically only drink water and coffee any ways). A week later I found that when I was doing any work, I was not sweating anywhere near as I was before.
This lead me to thinking, I wonder if my heart rate increase was simply my body trying to get my ‘hydration’ to my body parts but was seriously lacking the required nutrients, so it had to flow faster to get them eager amounts to the areas? This idea does seem to hold true, at least from my perspective.
So then I got to thinking, I should just make my own electrolyte drink! I googled around and found the simplest recipe ever.
• 1 ½-2 cups water
• Juice of ½ lemon(2-3 tsp)
• 1/8 to 1/4 tsp real sea salt Himalayan salt, or Celtic sea salt
• 2 tsp raw honey local if possible
• Everything into a jar with a lid and shake well to combine. This recipe fits perfect in a pint mason jar.
• Store in the fridge up to a week.
It turned out pretty good. So I had these 1 Gallon jugs around, I scaled it up from individual tiny containers to one big one.
– Water 16 cups / 4 Litres
– Lemon Juice 16 teaspoons/ 5 Tablespoons
– Salt 1 teaspoons /
– Raw Honey 16 teaspoons /5 Tablespoons
It is a simple drink, as natural as you can get and healthy. It also gives your body what it needs way more than just regular water. So enjoy the tip!
My friend just reminded me that when you are in the hospital, they generally give you a ‘saline drip’…..which is just salt…..which is part of the ‘electrolytes’ we need! Funny that eh?