Is flu season or the common cold making you feel a little under the weather? Electrolyte drinks help strengthen your immune system and boost your energy levels so you can start feeling your best again in no time. Here’s how you can make it at home, reasons you should, and some exciting flavors to try.
What are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium that once dissolved in water, are distributed throughout your body to improve body functions.
Homemade Electrolyte Drink Benefits
Hydration is extremely important during a cold, even more so than eating. You may not have an appetite for food or water but at least make sure to drink the bare minimum as your body needs to stay hydrated for your immune system and organs to work properly and fight off infections. These are some benefits of electrolyte drinks.
From the amount of water in your body to your body’s pH levels, electrolyte drinks promote a healthy balance.
Electrolyte drinks promote healthy cell function. They help your body eject unhealthy waste from your cells, making room for nutrients to enter and replenish them.
Regulate and Rebuild
Athletes rejoice, electrolytes help you recover quicker. There is a reason sports enthusiasts normally drink sports drinks like Gatorade that are loaded with electrolytes. It’s because they help rebuild damaged tissue, regulate heart rate, and facilitate muscle recovery.
DIY Homemade Electrolyte Drink
With health benefits like those, who wouldn’t want to make their own electrolyte drinks at home? Here’s how you can.
Basic Electrolyte Drink Recipe
2 cups of water
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
A pinch of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
Add the ingredients to a blender and pulse for a few seconds. Drink immediately for the best results.
Electrolyte Drink Flavors
Using the recipe above, you can add extra flavor to your electrolyte drinks:
- Add ½ a cup of strawberries for a fruity flavor
- Add an extra ¼ cup of lime or lemon to make your own healthy version of lemonade
- Infuse your water with ginger before adding it to the recipe for a ginger-lemon electrolyte drink
- For an orange-flavored electrolyte drink, replace lemon with freshly squeezed orange juice
- Make minted electrolyte lemonade by adding about 10 mint leaves to the recipe above
LOCH’s colorful stainless steel bottles keep your beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12. So, whether you’re drinking cooling electrolyte water or a hot tea to soothe your symptoms, you’ll have the ideal temperature and a faster recovery.
Electrolyte drinks are great for helping your body gain its strength back, but store-bought ones usually come with excess sugar and difficult to pronounce ingredients and artificial flavors. Keep your family and yourself safe by making them at home.