My Favorite Winter Electrolyte Drink
Here is a simple, easy and delicious recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink that is a big hit in my house during the winter months. I think it’s so vital to drink water throughout the day. I always start my day during the winter with one glass of warm water with lemon and it’s made a huge difference in my life! Warm lemon water in the morning helps get the digestion process started for the day, boosts your immune system, gives you more energy and so much more!
I also make it a habit to drink homemade electrolyte drinks every day. The recipe I am sharing is a GREAT post workout/yoga class drink! It contains key nutrients to help replenish your body’s lost water and electrolytes after exercise.
“Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.”
This past summer when my daughter, who is a college varsity athlete, had to run sprints in super hot weather she always had this drink right after her workout. She was skeptical at first but after she drank it she was surprised by how energized she felt and soon she was asking me to make enough to share with her teammates as well!
So, instead of drinking a cold Gatorade, (regular Gatorade contains: water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, salt, modified food starch, mono-potassium sulfate, sodium citrate, emulsifiers and natural flavorings) try this recipe:
Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipe* One Serving (I use one large mason jar) Ingredients: 1-3 tbsp fresh ginger juice** 3 c. hot water Juice of 1/2 to 1 fresh lemon 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 – 2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
Directions: Stir all ingredients until dissolved. Drink before, during and after you workout or when you need a little something extra from your drink!
*I keep the ingredients for this on hand basically all the time, so it’s easy to mix up a batch.
*If I’m feeling low energy or feeling sick I’ll add more ginger!
** You can make ginger liquid by peeling it (scrape the skin off with a spoon and put in your juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, scrape the skin and grate the ginger and then squeeze the pulp. Here is a fabulous video that will show you how to make ginger juice. Or you can also use a garlic press!
Ginger has a lot of health benefits: it can improve circulation, and is great for colds and flu; it’s also deliciously warming from the inside out!
I encourage you to experiment and have fun with this basic recipe. Some other ingredients to try are: Cayenne, herbal tea, orange juice, coconut water, lime or watermelon juice.
Light and Love!