Whether you’re training hard, spending all day out in the heat, or have someone in your household experiencing diarrhea, food poisoning, or a nasty bout of the flu, this DIY natural electrolyte drink is the perfect solution to help the body stay hydrated during hardship.
While I typically try to sip on nourishing bone broth when I’m sick, sometimes—even bone broth can be hard to stomach. This DIY natural electrolyte drink is light, refreshing, and easy to drink, which is especially important when it’s the kiddos who are sick—not you. It’s also incredibly easy to make (just put in a jar and stir), and packs a punch of vital nutrients the body needs to function.
In short, this DIY natural electrolyte drink recipe has a variety of uses, making it a year-round staple just about anyone can benefit from.
Why use a DIY Natural Electrolyte Drink?
When you sweat or lose bodily fluids rapidly, you not only lose water, you also lose electrolytes, which are minerals in the body that have an electric charge. The major electrolytes include sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, phosphate, and magnesium.
Electrolytes are in charge of delivering nutrients into cells, balancing the pH of the blood, and the contraction and relaxation of muscles—including the heart. Maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance during sickness or extended physical exertion is crucial because it allows the immune system and organs to continue to function properly. When imbalanced, bodily processes are compromised.
What’s in the Drink?
The electrolytes our body needs, as well as other important vitamins and minerals, occur naturally in whole foods that can be easily used to create a DIY natural electrolyte drink.
The primary ingredient, coconut water, has often been referred to as “nature’s gatorade” because it contains a variety of electrolytes including sodium, potassium, and magnesium. The other major ingredient, lemon or limes, are a good source of vitamin C, enzymes, and electrolytes, including calcium and potassium.
Raw honey contains antioxidants, a wide array of vitamins and minerals, and has antimicrobial properties (bonus when your immune system is compromised.), Sea salt, the kind that is unprocessed, contains 15% trace minerals, making it a concentrated source of a variety of electrolytes and other minerals.
Together, these ingredients make an incredibly tasty and effective DIY natural electrolyte drink that can supply the body with a concentrated source of nutrients. Cheers!
Got any questions about this DIY natural electrolyte drink recipe? Have other variations you’d like to share? Comment below!