Remember how, when you told your doctor you had gastro trouble, he or she recommended you sip from an electrolyte drink? You probably thought it was some sort of commercial energy drink, when basically, electrolytes are the fancy definition of salts – or more accurately, the ions present in those salts. Our bodies are also packed with electrolytes, some of the major ones being magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, bicarbonate, sulfate, and phosphate.
The Need of an Electrolyte Drink
Sometimes, conditions such as diarrhea or heavy sweating can cause our body to lose our electrolytes. As a result, we are exposed to weakness, fatigue and illness – which is why we need electrolyte drinks. And instead of purchasing the ones riddled with sweeteners and preservatives from the market, we’d be better off making our own drink. Here are the main things we need.
- Water: Acts as a carrier for the electrolytes.
- Unrefined salt: It’s rich in potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. It maintains your cell voltage and keeps you electrically charged.
- Citrus: Since citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, they are a very rich in electrolytes. Moreover, citrus fruits can support the immune system by replenishing the electrolytes that have been lost.
- Honey: A natural sweetener which is packed with minerals and enzymes, helping the body absorb the salty components.
- Ginger: Has anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties that help you feel rejuvenated when you combine it with sea salt.
Once you have these ingredients down, it’s rather easy to make your own electrolyte energy drink.
How to Make Your Own Drink
We have already talked about the ingredients that we need, but to be more precise, here are the quantities that we need to prepare our own ginger electrolyte drink:
- 1 cup water
- 3-5 fresh ginger slices
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey
The first step would be to heat the cup of water in a pan and then throw in the ginger slices. Boil them and let them steep for 5 minutes, after which you strain the liquid and add the lemon juice. Add the unrefined salt and the organic honey, and once you mix it well (until the ingredients dissolve), the energy drink will be ready for consumption.
If you don’t have ginger, you can replace it with half a cup of orange juice.
In order for the drink to be as healthy as possible, here are some additional tips:
- Use clean water for your energy drink (distilled or boiled).
- Use only sea salt or the sorts to make the drink (table salt no longer has any important minerals).
- The honey has to be organic, and it shouldn’t be replaced with sugar.
- You can replace the water with some herbal tea.
See how easy it is to make your own electrolyte drink? And it’s definitely cheaper than those ultra-processed ones on the market.