Electrolytes. We hear about them a lot- especially when it comes to sports, marathons, and SUMMER TIME! And all things that make us sweat.
Our bodies are equipped with sweating mechanisms to help us feel cool. When moisture comes to the skin, it's evaporated into the air and it's that process that keeps the heat down, the only thing is, our sweat isn't just 100% water. It's full of things like minerals (like sodium and potassium) and toxins. Sweating out the toxins is a wonderful thing, but as we lose the minerals, we lose the ability to absorb water back into the body when we drink it, hence electrolyte drinks.
Electrolyte drinks like Gatorade and Powerade have great intentions, however they use artificial and concentrated sweeteners, as well as food colourings and in a quest to eat a more natural, whole food diet, those drinks are out of the question.
I like to experiment and make my own electrolyte drinks. My most recent one is the above pictured "Strawberry Rhubard Electrolyte Drink." I had a tonne of rhubarb in my yard this year so I made my fav: rhubarb syrup (recipe to come). I poured the syrup over ice, added fresh cold water, some frozen strawberries and a pinch of sea salt. Voila! I had an electrolyte drink to re-hydrate my very parched self.
The sugar in the syrup adds sweetness to the drink and gives the body some quick energy (good for when you are active in the heat), and the pitch of sea salt adds sodium to help the body absorb the water. And it just feels so refreshing!
Other home-made electrolyte drinks:
Staying hydrated is really important, If the heat wave has you feeling lethargic or tired, it can be a sign that you aren't drinking enough fluids, try re-hydrating with these homemade electrolyte drinks, you will be amazed at how much better you feel!