There are many electrolytes present in the body such as calcium, sodium and potassium, all of which play a vital role in its healthy performance (1). A balanced diet easily provides these electrolytes, but sometimes, when we sweat a lot during vigorous fitness sessions or while traveling in the sun, we get tired as if the sun is absorbing the energy we receive from us. In fact, we lose electrolytes. Also, we tend to lose them when we succumb to a disease. The body also faces a lack of these electrolytes during pregnancy. In their absence, some changes can be observed in the body such as white fingertips, rapid heartbeats and skin that is taking longer than usual to return to normal shape due to decreased flexibility. Thus, they must be provided to the body as they regulate our muscles, nerve function, blood pH, and keep our blood pressure in check. Below are delicious homemade electrolyte drinks that can provide you strength and can be easily prepared from the ingredients available in our kitchen. You won’t have to spend much time in the market looking for electric drinks anymore!
Homemade electrolyte drinks
Salts keep your body electrically charged and maintain cell voltage. It contains minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) required by the body. As a result of this, salt is an active ingredient in all electrolyte drinks. Sodium chloride is present in all salts, but some contain potassium iodide, which improves the taste of your drink. Sodium is the electrolyte that we lose most during sweating. You can mix a little salt in a cup of water. Drink it whenever you feel a decrease in electrolytes. It can also be recovered by eating some chocolate milk and a cake with peanut butter.
2. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Lemon is the best citrus fruit that works as an electrolyte (2). Fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit also work great to replenish lost electrolytes. These fruits are also abundant in essential minerals such as potassium and calcium. You can either consume this fruit in raw form or drink its juice to restore the amount of electrolytes in your body. It can also be added to different recipes to improve their taste.
3. Basic electrolyte syrup
Many of us grew up drinking this delicious drink, especially during the summer. This is the main homemade electrolyte drink for dehydration that can be prepared with simple ingredients like water, sugar and salt (3). Take a cup of water. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix well and drink to refresh. It provides immediate strength to our body.
Alternatively, you can also use honey instead of sugar. To enhance the taste, you can add some mashed mango. You can even add slices of some fruits to provide a calming flavor for those fruits.
4. Coconut water
The balance of electrolytes in coconut water is the same as the balance of electrolyte in our blood. Therefore, this serves as an alternative drink with electricity (4). At the same time, it is refreshing and delicious. Another name for coconut water is “Nature’s Gatorade” due to the extremely high potassium level. It is a potassium energy bank and contains other essential electrolytes. There is no added sugar that makes it fat-free and a natural way to replenish lost minerals.
This fruit contains 90% of the liquid. Watermelon juice is a great relief for muscle aches caused by hard workouts. The fruit is rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that keeps the heart healthy. Watermelon contains important electrolytes necessary for nerve function and heart health that are depleted through sweat. Consuming this fruit juice enriches the body with vitamins and electrolytes, helps the liquid resist dehydration and protects against fluid imbalances.
Delicious homemade recipes to make healthy electric drinks
6. Ginger Electroplate Sports Drink
After a long workout, if you feel tired and want to regain energy, try this drink that uses ginger water as its base. This refreshing spice soothes your stomach and ginger is helpful in reducing muscle pain.
The required things
• Ginger (fresh) – 3-4 slices
Lemon juice – half a fruit
• Water – 1 cup + extra
• Sea salt – 1/4 tsp
Raw Honey – 2 tbsp
how do I make
Pour water into a skillet and turn on the stove. Add ginger slices to it. Heat it for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and cool the ginger tea. Transfer it to a bowl and add 2 cups of water to it. Now, add lemon juice, sea salt, and honey. Watermelon juice, coconut water and green tea are some ingredients that can be added to this basic ginger drink to enhance taste and increase the electrolyte content.