Summer is almost here! Whether you are hiking, biking or spending the day at the pool, it is important to stay hydrated. The rule of thumb is that for exercise lasting 1-2 hours, plain water is fine. Activities of longer duration need some electrolyte replacement.
The electrolytes in our bodies are basically sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and phosphate. These electrolytes are vital for survival. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydration and pH of our blood. They rebuild damaged tissue and affect our blood pressure.
Commercially available sports drinks are loaded with sugar (often high fructose corn syrup – Yuck) and artificial colorings and flavors. None of these are good for you or your children and basically interfere with the important functions of the electrolytes they are providing. So, my advice, make your own. These recipes are so simple, delicious and healthy!
- 1.3 cups watermelon juice from about 2 cups of chopped fruit
- 2/3 cup coconut water
- 3 leaves fresh mint
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Blend the watermelon (and mint if you are using) in a blender. Combine with the coconut water and stir in the salt until dissolved. Serve over ice. (As an alternative to mint, a squeeze of lemon or lime is also lovely!)