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Homemade Electrolyte Drinks to Keep You Hydrated!
By Alexis Rowe - July 07, 2014

Homemade Electrolyte Drinks to Keep You Hydrated!

There are times in the summer, especially if you or the kids are into sports, that water just doesn't cut it. You feel tired, worn out, and completely drained of energy. Yes, it is important to drink water to keep your body hydrated, but sometimes your body needs a little extra boost. The answer...Electrolytes.

What are Electrolytes?

"Electrolytes are minerals found naturally in the body, such as potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. Electrolytes are needed to keep the body's balance of fluids at the proper level and to maintain normal functions, such as heart rhythm, muscle contraction, and brain function." - www.everydayhealth.com Your cells use electrolytes to maintain the proper electrical currents between your muscles and nerves. They are needed to keep your nerves connecting properly to each other, and to keep your muscles from contracting and causing cramps. They keep your body from breaking down when you work it! When we sweat, our bodies lose electrolytes. Kiddos especially need to be kept hydrated and full of electrolytes through the summer to keep their energy levels steady, and to keep their minds and bodies strong!

What About Water?

Why is water not enough to keep you hydrated? Don't get me wrong, water is a necessary part of our day, but, drink too much water, and instead of hydrating your cells, you flood them; taking out those electrolytes/minerals that keep your muscles, tissues, and nerves functioning properly. Instead, maintain your water intake with teas and all-natural drinks that keep you hydrated, and that resupply your cells with extra vitamins and minerals.

Unhealthy Electrolytes

In the past, I always equated Electrolytes with Gatorade, but honestly, the world's most popular sport's drink is dangerously unhealthy! The ingredients list includes: Sucrose syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Monopotassium Phosphate, Red 40 and Blue 1. Make sure to check all those links out, as the articles explain the grim truth of why these ingredients are so toxic to your body and health. While I was researching this I vowed to never again hand my husband a ready-made Gatorade! I was, and am, so disgusted with the whole marketing strategy of "poisons". When I asked my friend Lauren to be my witness she was ready to do the whole "raise your right-hand, swear on the Bible" deal! I'm so thankful for good, health-loving friends! You should take the vow too! Never again hand your loved ones those nasty drinks!

Drink Away Recipes:

Instead...Keep the following recipes on hand for a healthy, refreshing, and oh so tasty way to drink to hydration. These drinks will  supply your body with needed minerals to keep you running healthy, and carbs to energize you in a healthy way. Raw Honey - Is  great source of natural, simple carbs that are easy for the body to process and use for energy. It also contains enzymes which help keep these recipes from going rancid quickly. Celtic Sea Salt - Real Sea Salt is jam packed full with important minerals. It “plays an important role of balancing the stress hormones during exercise. Salt reduces adrenaline levels and supports overall metabolic health.” source So here we go!

Fruit Punch -

7 Cups - Hibiscus Orange Delight Tea

2-4 Tbsp. Raw Honey/Maple Syrup

1/2 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt

1 tsp. Calcium/Magnesium Powder

Make the Herbal Tea as directed on package, remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined with the tea. Refrigerate until cold!

Lime Cooler -

1 cup Lime Juice

1 /2 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt

2-4 Tbsp. Raw Honey/Maple Syrup

1/2 Gallon (Minus a Cup) of Filtered Water

Blend all ingredients in a blender to combine thoroughly. Chill and serve!

Coconut Lemon Sports Drink -

3 cups Coconut Water

1-2 cups Filtered Water (Depending on how strong you want your drink to be.)

1 cup Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt

2-3 Tbsp. Honey/Maple Syrup

1 tsp. Calcium/Magnesium Powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend away! Chill before serving.

So Drink Away!

Get hydrated! Get Healthy! Make these tasty drinks and enjoy! Check out this post for more electrolyte drink recipes.
How do you keep your family hydrated during the summertime? Share below some of your favorite healthy drink recipes!
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20 Comments

  1. Sue Liberko Dickhaus
    Do you have a suggestion for a calcium/magnesium powder? Thanks! Sue
    1. Alexis Rowe
      I personally use this powder, it has a little lemon flavor which mixes well with the drink recipes, and tastes great all by itself. Thanks!

      http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-3174-natural-vitality-natural-calm-anti-stress-drink-sweet-lemon-flavor-8-oz
  2. mel
    What cal/mag powder do you use/reccomend?
    1. Alexis Rowe
      I buy this powder, it tastes great and works extremely well!

      http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-3174-natural-vitality-natural-calm-anti-stress-drink-sweet-lemon-flavor-8-oz
  3. Janel
    My grandma gave me some tips and I formulated this recipe from our conversations. My husband is a contractor so he really appreciates this drink when he's at work – especially on roofing days. I make it in his ½ gallon jug.

    3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate (other flavors can be substituted)
    1/3 cup lemon juice concentrate
    ½ cup raw honey or sugar
    1 tsp sea salt
    a pinch of baking soda
    ice and water to fill the jug

    Mix well until the frozen juice concentrate is dissolved and enjoy!
    1. D =)
      Hi =) what would be the purpose of the baking soda?
  4. D =)
    We've made homemade honeyed-lemonade...with sea salt and calcium/magnesium added quite a few times. It's delicious! Now that the Summer is in full swing, I put a 1/2 gallon jar of sun tea on the deck most days. I think I'll add a little sea salt and magnesium/calcium when I remove the herbs and add raw honey at the end of the day! Thanks for these recipes. Hibiscus makes a tasty and festive-looking tea...we have yet to try this blend, but enjoy the "sparking festivity" as an iced tea often. =) Thank you! =)
    1. Alexis Rowe
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipes! I will most definitely have to try that honeyed lemonade! Thanks for the idea!!
  5. Lori V
    Where do you purchase the tea?
    1. Alexis Rowe
      The Hibiscus Orange Delight Tea I get from Bulk Herb Store. You can check it out here: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Hibiscus-Orange-Delight-Tea_Organic
  6. chickbunhomeschool (@alhsjej)
    What would you suggest when away from home? My kids are not a fan of coconut water!
    1. Alexis Rowe
      You can mix the rest of the ingredients with plain water. Even if you don't get the coconut water, those minerals are what counts! Thanks!
  7. Lisa Browning
    Lisa Browning
    Any suggestions to make a blue flavored drink? My son loves the blue flavored Gatorades, would love to come up with a solution for that! These look great!
    1. Alexis Rowe
      I would recommend trying to add raspberry puree or raspberry juice concentrate and maybe a slight bit of Peppermint or Spearmint tea. Have fun experimenting! Thanks!
  8. gardenvalleysally
    Hi! These are fantastic recipes. We live in a HOT summer climate...and are re-roofing our home. May I share these recipes on my blog with appropriate attributions/credits? Blessings!
    1. Meagan
      Sure thing, but if you don't mind, can you share only part of the recipes with a link back here to get the entire thing? Thanks so much!
  9. dana
    any recipes that include apple juice? I need somethIn I can give my daughter when she is sick. Gatorade and pedialyte are filled with chemicals I do not want to expose her to.
    Thanks!!
    1. Meagan
      The Lime Cooler and the Coconut Lemon Sports drink both have juice as an ingredient. You could simply change it to apple juice. Hope that helps!
  10. Kelley A.
    How long would the coconut lemon recipe last in the fridge? Definitely going to try out these recipes! Thank you!!!
    1. Meagan
      I would only keep it for 3-5 days before making it fresh Kelley. Thanks!