Natural Energy Drink Alternative
NATURAL GATORADE ALTERNATIVE
During summer time elevated temperatures, especially during physical activity with excessive perspiring, we lose electrolytes at a rapid rate. Electrolytes are essential to sweating. One of the signs of onset of heat stroke is lack of sweating in hot temperatures. Electrolytes are essential to some of the most basic functions of the body such as maintenance of intracellular and extracellular fluid balance. Some of the most important electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium as well as others.
The problem with commercial energy drinks is that they contain too much sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which can raise blood sugar excessively, food coloring and many artificial preservatives. Below is a recipe for a natural electrolyte replacement energy drink.
Pick a fruit juice that you like. It must be 100% juice with no added sugar or corn syrup. (I prefer black cherry juice or blueberry juice, because they are high in antioxidants.) All juices are acceptable except for very acidic juices such as orange, pineapple or grapefruit.
•Take one pint of fruit juice
•Mix in 1 tablespoon of Calcium Lactate Powder® (Standard Process)
•Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of Morton’s Lite Salt® (found on the bottom shelf below regular Morton’s Salt ®)
•Add one pint of purified water. (you can add more water to taste if you like)
The Calcium Lactate Powder® contains calcium lactate and magnesium citrate and the Morton’s Lite Salt® contains sodium chloride and potassium chloride, which are very important electrolytes. It is dangerous for people working in hot environments to be on a decreased salt diet. Morton’s Lite Salt® is particularly good because it replaces sodium and potassium, not just sodium like regular table salt.
Sea salt is an excellent salt to use in your everyday cooking needs because it does have small amounts of trace minerals, along with sodium chloride, but does not work well as an electrolyte replacement because it is low in potassium.
Written by: Steve Duensing, D.C. July 2007