By Ana Margarita Olar │ GetHealthAccess.com
Running, like any other sports can lead you to dehydration if you don’t fill up lost fluids and electrolytes. But before you grab that commercialized electrolyte drink, take a look at these natural refreshments for runners and other sports enthusiasts:
Electrolyte drink#1: Go Ginger!
1 palm sized ginger
2 Liters of water
6-10 pieces of Calamansi, extracted
1/2 tsp. rock salt
Honey to taste
> Cut and crush the ginger, put into a pot and add one liter of water.
>Boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes
>Once cooled, add another liter of water, Calamansi extract, 1/2 tsp. Rock salt, and honey. Stir together.
>Refrigerate and enjoy.
Electrolyte drink #2: Go loco with coco
1/2 liter of coconut water
1/2 liter of watermelon extract with seeds drained
Lime to taste
>Combine all the ingredients in a clean container or bottle.
>Consume immediately, as coconut water spoils easily when exposed to air.
Electrolyte drink #3: Go citrusy with honey
>½ liter of water
>½ cup of lemon juice (freshly squeezed or organic)
>1 tbsp. lime juice
>½ tsp. Real Salt
>¼ tsp. Baking soda
>¼ cup of honey
>In a bottle, mix the salt and baking soda with water until completely dissolved. You can use lukewarm water or just do vigorous shaking to mix it all up.
>Add the lemon juice, lime juice, and sweetener and shake well to combine. Store refrigerated for up to a week. And shake well before serving
Electrolyte drink #4: Go smoothie!
2 medium sized bananas
3 cups of strawberries or 3 cups coconut milk
1 cup of water
1 cup of ice cubes
1 tsp. of salt
1/2 slice of lemon, squeezed
> In a clean container, mix water, salt, lemon juice, and coconut milk. Stir until perfectly mixed. Transfer mixture into a blender.
> Once inside the blender, add the banana, strawberries, water, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and creamy.
> Chill for a while and enjoy.
In trying to make these delicious electrolyte replenishment drinks for runners, keep these tips in mind:
> Water that serves as the carrier of electrolytes and is also the main ingredient. Use distilled water and not tap water.
> Runners are always on the go so electrolyte drinks should be stored on easy to carry containers so that you can enjoy and replenish fluids more often.
> Lastly but more importantly, the drink should taste good so you’ll be drinking it more often.