When it’s hot out like it is this week in Charleston SC, many tend to reach for drinks like Gatorade, Powerade and any other colorful drink brand. The ads from these companies say their beverages are good for us. But are they really?
– Do you really know what’s in those drinks?
– Do you know their sugar content?
– Do you know their sodium/potassium ratio?
Some doctors believe that the sugar syrup in them can actually be toxic. In addition, the levels of electrolytes might not be what our bodies need, as they contain high amounts of sodium and not enough potassium. They are also full of food coloring. To learn more about their content, click here.
So put away all those colorful drinks and make your own!
We love the recipe recommended by our friend Angie Byrd:
- 2 oz or 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (NOT bottled)
- 6 oz or 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (NOT bottled)
- 16oz or 2 cups fresh water (or more to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons organic honey or maple syrup (Both have health benefits. Plain refined sugar has none.)
- Mix all ingredients and serve.
This beverage is perfect for restoring your electrolytes on a hot summer’s day. The sodium/potassium ratio that is beneficial for the human body is less than 1. One eighth of a teaspoon of sea salt contains approximately 300 mg of sodium. Oranges are a great source of potassium. A 6 oz. serving of orange juice provides 372 mg of potassium, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. To learn more click here.
Next time you are hot, make your own electrolyte energy drink.
Your body will thank you!