This is a recipe that I posted quite awhile back, in the middle of another post. It’s hard for people to find, yet so commonly requested! I decided it needs its own post.
Gatorade and other “sports drinks” are not so healthy at all. They contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and other junk. But, the premise behind them is good — sometimes we need electrolytes, in the form of salts, to rehydrate. This is great during sporting events (if you’re participating!), or during illnesses. Many people have said that this really helps them to turn the corner and recover from stomach viruses. The ginger it contains is anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea, which, with the sea salt, is a powerful combination to help you feel better.
I keep the ingredients for this on hand basically all the time, and I mix up a batch if I’m ever feeling thirsty and water isn’t cutting it, or if anyone is sick, or for lots of reasons! Fresh ginger will keep 2 – 3 weeks on the counter and a piece of it (even organic) costs around $1, so this isn’t hard to have around. The kids consider this “lemonade” so sometimes I just make it for a treat.
- 3 – 4 slices fresh ginger (needs to be fresh; dried does not have the same potency)
- 1 c. water + extra
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 – 2 tbsp. raw honey
Slice the ginger and put it in a small saucepan with water. Since my slices were really big, I used 2. It’s about the equivalent of 4 smaller slices.
Put it on the stove and boil for about 5 minutes, then let it sit and steep for an additional 5.
Meanwhile, juice your 1/2 lemon. Use fresh juice if at all possible and don’t use bottled juice that contains preservatives.
Add the lemon juice.
Add the sea salt.
Put a lid on it and shake it up to dissolve the honey and sea salt.
Then, add enough water or ice (or both) to make about 3 cups. I like to add ice because I prefer mine cold. They say that cold drinks are harder on an upset stomach, so you may want to add water and keep it warm, or at least room temperature, if you are sick. I personally prefer mine ice cold especially if I am sick. So go with what you prefer.
That’s it! Drink as needed.
What’s your favorite use for homemade electrolyte drinks?
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