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Electrolyte Sports Drink 

When we exercise, our bodies sweat. The amount of water loss in our sweat can be as much as 1-2L/hour of hard exercise or in hot conditions. Sweat not only contains water, it contains electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium which help fluid balance and muscle contractions. 

Sports drinks are made with specific amounts of water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes you need to fuel your muscles and stay properly hydrated during exercise. However, there are situations where water is a better choice than a sports drink.

Check out my blog post: "Should I Drink Water or a Sports Drink?" to learn more about sports drinks and if you would benefit from them. 

This homemade electrolyte sports drink is your significantly cheaper alternative to Gatorade. Both the homemade and store bought Gatorade have 6-8% carbohydrate content and have sodium and potassium as the electrolytes. 

Makes 4 servings (500mL each)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Orange juice (not from concentrate)

  • ½ cup Granulated sugar

  • ½ tsp. Salt

  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice

  • 7 cups Water 

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 2L juice jug and store in the fridge.

  2. Enjoy! :)

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