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 ElectrolytesIn 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 PowderMake 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 WaterBlend 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.