Homemade electrolyte drink
One very common question in the yoga studio from students is;
“What do you drink to stay hydrated?”
Many of us athletes experience muscle cramping and fatigue which could be a sign of dehydration.
If you are like me, you are tired of the endless products drowning the market, claiming to be “the best electrolyte” drink ever.
Not only are bottled drinks bad for the environment by putting needless and endless amount of plastics (yes even if recycled) into environment, but also tend to be full of sugars, coloring agents, or my favorite pet peeve “natural flavors” – who know what that is…
To be clear, Spira Power Yoga receives no money or recognition from any of the companies that we linked to below. I wish we would, :- ) but no, this is truly just the stuff that we use at home.
I decided, I already cook from scratch, why not make my drinks from scratch.
Fortunately, Carina, a wonderful yoga teacher here at Spira and friend, had the same idea, and she has done the research ahead of me. Thus, in this blog, I would like to share Carina’s recipe for homemade electrolyte drink.
Why make your own electrolyte drink:
- Reduce consumption of plastic packaging.
- Cost effective – like crazy cost effective, you could buy the below listed ingredients for around $100. You could split all the ingredients with a friend, and you would still have enough salts for 20 years. :- ) sine salts do not expire, why not!
- You are in full control of ingredients. No added "who knows what"
- Freedom to be creative, I add this recipe into protein drinks, or lemonade. Don’t like that, how about any choice of light natural fruit juice?
Homemade electrolyte drink:
1/4 tsp each ingredient below per full Nalgene bottle, except the Magnesium (1/2 tsp).
Here is the list of mineral salts I add to my water bottle everyday:
2. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda):
3. Magnesium Citrate:
4. Potassium Citrate:
5. Potassium Bicarbonate: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BPUTXGQ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
If you don't like the salty flavor, you can add some other natural flavoring, such as a splash of 100% cranberry juice or 1/2 lemon. I try to add the lowest amount possible, negligible enough not to get me out of fasting mode/ketosis. Sometimes I start the day with just the salts, and add a small amount of lemon or cranberry later in the day, after 3pm or so. I usually fill up a big bottle and consume the minerals slowly throughout the day. I also alternate that with some herbal tea.
Last but not least, I also take Shilajit capsules: https://www.amazon.com/Himalayan-Shilajit-Ayurvedic-Formula-Capsules/dp/B07BLJ5WTZ/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1541730120&sr=8-4&keywords=omica+shilajit. This can also be found in paste and powder format that you can add to water, but I find the taste really strong, so I prefer to take some capsules in the morning instead.
To turn your electrolyte drink into a nutritious protein smoothie:
- Redmond Real Salt -1/4 tsp
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) -1/4 tsp
- Magnesium Citrate -1/2 tsp
- Potassium Citrate -1/4 tsp
- Potassium Bicarbonate -1/4 tsp
- Vanilla Protein Powder -2 scoops (I prefer Nuzest brand because it is clear of additives)
- Frozen raspberries – 1.5 cups
- Almond milk (or any other milk)
- Raw shaved coconut – 1 cup
- Water to taste