As I write this, one of the first hot, sultry days of the season is upon us here in Minnesota. High temps–high humidity tropical, but with pine trees instead of palm trees. Some love it, some hate it, everyone has their opinions, but you can’t argue the need to replace the body fluids lost from sweating on days like these. Instead of turning to leading brand sports drinks for hydration, consider making your own! It’s super easy and affordable and you’ll get a did-it-myself boost to boot.
Electrolytes are minerals essential for many of our basic body functions, and when our levels become too low we can get dehydrated, dizzy, and muscle cramps. Coconut water, sea salt, and raw honey all feature in this recipe for their essential mineral content, including potassium and sodium. Keep a batch of this on hand to stay hydrated this summer and beyond:
3 cups coconut water
1 cup water
½ cup fresh lime or lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons raw honey
8 drops ConcenTrace trace mineral drops (optional)*
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and store in the refrigerator.
*If you want to add to the electrolyte content of this recipe, you can opt to include trace mineral drops, a supplement available online or at your local health food store. Please refer to the package for dosage information.—
Joanna Willis, L.Ac.