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Olympic IINspiration: Do-It-Yourself Electrolyte Drink

July 31, 2012

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Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a weekend warrior, you sweat out nutrients called electrolytes along with water when you train hard. Electrolytes are the essential minerals that affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity (or Ph level) of your blood, your muscle function, and other important processes.

If you rehydrate your body without replacing these minerals, you could risk getting hyponatremia – an electrolyte imbalance that causes vomiting, headaches, lethargy, muscle weakness, cramps, or, in more serious cases, seizures or coma.

But you don’t have to rely on bottled sports drinks full of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners to replenish yourself during workouts. It’s easy to make your own homemade sports drink to replenish sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients.

Healthy Electrolyte Drink

Prep time: 2 minutes
Yields: 1 serving 

Ingredients:

4 cups warm water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp honey
¼ tsp salt

Directions:

Mix well. Chill and serve.

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