When we are active we lose a lot of much needed nutrients in the body. In order to maintain a healthy disposition, stay hydrated and have enough fuel to continue with the day or to prolong our workout we need to be able to replenish what we lost. Electrolytes generally have three functions in our body: they provide us with essential minerals; they control the osmosis of water between the compartments of our body; and they help to maintain the balance of acid that we require for normal cellular activity. There are many electrolyte drinks on the market today and this article will show you how to make your own.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. table salt (or sea salt)
- 3 to 4 tbsp. sugar substitute
- 1 quart water
- Sugar-free flavoring
Add baking soda, salt and sugar substitute to the bottom of a clean, dry pitcher.
Cover the ingredients with a small amount of water and, using a whisk. mix vigorously until the ingredients are dissolved.
Add the remaining water as well as the flavoring of your choice. Stir the mixture until the flavoring is well combined and refrigerate.
Tips & Warnings
- Any flavoring will do such as Crystal Light or Wyler's Sugar Free. I recommend Vita Splash. It has twice the calories per 8 ounces but offers several antioxidant formulas such as joint relief.
- This recipe can be doubled, tripled or more.
- Adding salt can be bad. Your body loses salt in your sweat and too much salt per serving can cause you to retain water and to gain weight.
How to Select an Electrolyte Drink
Electrolyte drinks contain essential elements like sodium, potassium and magnesium, along with carbohydrates and sweeteners. These drinks were originally designed to ...
How to Make Electrolyte Water With Salt & Sugar
Making an electrolyte water at home with sugar and salt is not difficult to do, but you must be precise with your...
How to Make an Electrolyte Replacement Drink
Whether you run marathons, practice hot yoga or work outside in the sun, an electrolyte replacement drink will help your body stay...
Electrolyte Drinks Benefits
Electrolytes are chemicals that maintain fluid balance in cells, and are necessary for muscle function, blood pressure control, and other processes. People...
How to Make an Electrolyte
Batteries consist of two half-cell reactions connected by a salt bridge and supported in an electrolyte solution. A common battery is the...
Electrolyte Vs. Purified Water
When a person walks into a supermarket, they can be faced with entire walls of different types of water. Two main types...
Sources of Electrolytes
To make your own electrolyte drink, put 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 3 tablespoons of sugar in 1 quart...
How to Replace Lost Electrolytes
How to Make An Electrolyte Drink. Oral electrolyte solutions are designed to replace fluids lost to diarrhea, fever, or vomiting in sick...
Crystal Light Ingredients
Crystal Light is a powdered drink mix that is available in many fruit and tea flavors. Crystal Light is low-calorie and sugar-free....
How to Add Electrolytes to Water
Electrolytes are molecules from minerals like potassium and chromium that have an electrical charge. Our bodies depend on electrolytes for proper functioning;...
Homemade Rehydration Drinks
Hydration is necessary for a variety of reasons. Children and adults alike need to replenish necessary fluids and nutrients such as electrolytes...