by Gray Graham
It's summertime. In Texas that means 100° days and 95°nights. If you are an active person, pregnant, or just old like me then that heat drains your body. You need to replenish your fluids so that you don't dehydrate.
This is why sports drinks were created. They are made to replenish your body with the nutrients you lose when you sweat beyond just water. But what if you want something healthier than the commercial options out there?
Here is a healthy alternative that anyone can do that doesn't involved searching for some obscure ingredient online that someone thinks we all just have laying around the house. The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it to your personal taste. If the drink doesn't taste good then you are not going to drink it.
Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Natural Homemade Sports Drink
2 cups of lemon juice
2 cups of lime juice
2 cups of cherry juice
½ coconut water
1 cup of natural sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
½ gallon of filtered water
First dissolve 1 cup of natural sugar into 4 cups of water. Depending on the type of natural sugar you use it might be best to do this in warm to hot water to make sure the sugar dissolves and you will make a simple syrup. Next add salt and stir well.
Now add your juices one at a time stirring before adding the next one. You can substitute any juice you like. Just make sure you are using fruits high in minerals and vitamins. I like citrus so that is what I am using. Next add your coconut water for all the nutrients you will need to put your body back into shape.
Make sure to taste! Your taste buds are different than mine so what tastes great to me might not be so great to you. If you used different juices then definitely make sure to taste. I know you trust me but taste so you will still like me.
Now that you are sure that you like the taste add mixture to ½ gallon of water. If my measurements are right you should now have 1 gallon of natural homemade sports drink to bring your body back into shape.
Not only do you have a healthy alternative to the commercial stuff, you have saved some money. Doesn't that feel good?