Coconut water is one of the simplest sports drink alternatives and can be used as is.
It makes a pretty good natural electrolyte drink on its own or with a splash of lime.
Coconut water contains more potassium than sports drinks and more natural sources of sodium. A lot of athletes swear by it these days.
Natural Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipe
You can make this recipe a variety of ways, but the ratios are the most important part. The base is any healthy liquid of choice and some good options are:
• Herbal teas
• Coconut water
• Plain water
To turn the basic liquid into a sports drink, add some or all of these ingredients:
• Salt – A high quality salt adds sodium and other minerals
• Calcium or Magnesium – Adding a high quality calcium magnesium powder helps replenish minerals
• Juice – Optional but adds sweetness and natural sugars if needed during exercise
• Natural Flavours – Add natural flavours in the form of fresh ginger, fresh herbs, or even natural flavored stevia extracts
• Flavoured Salt – Can be used to replace vital electrolytes lost from sweating. In fact, they work amazing on their own with just water.
Electrolyte Drink Recipe:
Natural Sports Electrolyte Drink Recipe (With Flavour Options)
Save money and avoid artificial ingredients by making your own homemade natural sports drink recipe with electrolytes. Endless options to make a flavour you love!
• 1 quart liquid such as green tea herbal teas, coconut water, or plain water
• 1/8 -1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
• 1 tsp calcium magnesium powder
• ¼ cup or more 100% juice optional
• 1-2 TBSP sweetener such as honey or stevia optional. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option
1. Brew tea if using, or slightly warm base liquid.
2. Add sea salt and calcium magnesium and mix.
3. If using, add juice and sweetener and mix or shake well.
4. Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
5. Will last up to four days in refrigerator, but I prefer to make as needed.
Give this a try:
1 quart of tea (brewed with red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, nettle and Stevia), ¼ tsp sea salt, 1 tsp calcium magnesium powder, and ¼ cup grape or apple juice.
Another easy alternative is just mixing Vitamin C powder with water and a little juice, though this can be a little acidic during high intensity exercise!