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Skip the Gatorade: Here are 3 DIY Electrolyte Drink Ideas to Boost Hydration During Exercise

You need electrolytes, not sugar!

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Fitness enthusiasts out there-do you find it difficult to find a sports drink that isn’t packed full of unnecessary junk? Unfortunately, options are limited when it comes to refueling your body with electrolytes if you choose to refuel with an electrolyte drink after a workout. Often times, these drinks contain loads of added sugar, not to mention yucky artificial coloring.

So, what’s a girl to do? Of course, you need to refuel those lost electrolytes, but at what cost? We’re here to tell you that there’s a better way.

Ready for it? You can make your own homemade electrolyte drink, and don’t sweat it, because it takes very little time, effort, and money.

So, ready to ditch the artificial sports drinks and start giving your body what it actually needs during and after a solid workout?

Here are three homemade electrolyte drink ideas to get you started, and keto dieters, we’ve got you covered too.

DIY Electrolyte Drink Ideas to Keep You Hydrated During Exercise

#1 Straight up Coconut Water

If you’re not on the coconut water bandwagon yet, it’s time to get sippin! Coconut water makes the perfect gatorade swap and can help give your body that added boost it needs to power through your workout, even when you’re drenched in sweat working out with FitOn trainer Christine Bullock. So, what makes this beverage so great? Coconut water is rich in potassium (goodbye muscle cramps) and can quench that post-workout thirst.

When looking for coconut water, be sure to choose one that doesn’t contain any added sugar or artificial ingredients. We love Harmless Harvest, and Suja as these companies use the real thing when making their coconut water (not the from concentrate stuff,) and you can be sure you’re drinking the best of the best.

#2 DIY “Gatorade”

If you’re looking for something that adds a little extra punch to your workout, the good news is that you can ditch the artificial sports drinks, and make your own instead (don’t worry it doesn’t take long!) You can make your own homemade electrolyte drink using coconut water as a base, adding a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt, and some raw honey. We especially love this homemade electrolyte drink shared by The Wellness Mama who also uses magnesium powder in her recipe. This makes for a super refreshing way to support electrolyte levels during exercise, and to replenish them post-workout. Plus, we guarantee it tastes a whole lot better than the artificial junk found in traditional sports drinks!

#3 Homemade Electrolyte Drink Keto Style

Following a keto diet and need something low carb? We got you. You can make a homemade electrolyte drink keto-friendly by adjusting just a few ingredients.

Try making a large batch by mixing the following together:

  • 6 cups of filtered water
  • 4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Natural Calm Magnesium Powder
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 drop of liquid stevia (feel free to choose a flavored one so long as it doesn’t contain any yucky added ingredients)

To make: Mix everything together in a large pitcher, and store in the fridge. Sip on this refreshing beverage during and after a workout.

The Bottom Line

Electrolytes play a crucial role in health, and when we exercise, we lose some through sweat. We need electrolytes (like sodium) to help support muscle as well as nerve function. If we don’t replenish these, we can suffer from things like muscle cramping (yup, those charlie horses may be due to electrolyte depletion,) nausea, and fatigue…and honestly, who has time for this? Not only is it bad for your health but not replenishing those lost electrolytes can put a real damper on your workout sesh.