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Now that I’m getting more seriously into exercising and attempting to make it more of a routine, I’m thinking more about all those sports drinks people consume.  I always knew athletes drank them because, well, they are the target audience in advertisements!  But why do they drink them?  I gradually came to learn it had something to do with electrolytes.

Ok…So…what are they?  I simply had to know.  Now that I’m running, I want to make sure I understand so I can stay healthy!

First, a scientific explanation on what they are:

If you’re like me, that video may help you visualize what electrolytes are chemically…but what do they do and why does our body need things that transmit electricity?

According to Discovery Fit and Health, electrolytes “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.”  To me, that’s super interesting.  To think that we have all these little electrical currents running through us!  That right there is magic pure and simple.  But when we sweat, we lose the electrolytes.  When exercising, we need to help our body replenish!

That’s where the drinks come in.

Because I’m 1) poor for the rest of the summer and 2) interested in natural health, I decided to look into making my own electrolyte replenishing drinks.  No artificial dyes for me, thank you very much!  It turns out that I’m not alone in this endeavor. There are a variety of websites out there with DIY recipes.  Three things they all have in common are water, salt, and citrus.  Many add sugar of some sort (especially stevia).

Fitness can mean more excuses for kitchen magic fun!

I have started to approach DIY sports drinks as I would any homemade remedy – kitchen magic!  So grab your kitchen knife and let’s make a potion!

My basic drink includes water, a bit of salt (most recipes recommend at least a teaspoon), and a citrus fruit.  Today I used freshly squeezed lemon, but really any citrus fruit would work.  A lot of athletes recommend orange.  I have not been adding sugar because I don’t think my drink needs any and, really, I feel I get enough of that.  My husband, who has pickier taste-buds, said he didn’t notice the salt and enjoyed the drink as is!  As you make your concoction, you may want to chant towards your success and fitness, or envision your healthy future and put that intention into your drink.  You can add your drink to your bottle while you go, or chill it in the refrigerator for your victorious return!

Cheers to a happier, healthier Druid!

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