Electrolytes are the salts your body loses when you are sick or you are exercising and sweating. The human body must have the proper amount of electrolytes for normal body functions. Most electrolyte drinks you can buy at stores contain sugar and artificial flavors, but electrolyte drinks are quite simple and can be made at home. Citrus fruits are a great natural source of electrolytes because of their potassium content.
Simple Electrolyte Water
Use clean, filtered water. Distilled water is optimal, but if you just have regular water, boil the water to reduce impurities and allow it to cool before mixing in the rest of your ingredients.
Add the baking soda, agave nectar and sea salt to the water. Mix well.
Pour into a plastic water or sports bottle. Sip throughout the day while you are exercising to replenish fluids as needed.
Citrus Flavored Electrolyte Water
Combine lime juice and lemon juice (fresh or bottled) in a bowl.
Add the salt and mix well.
Squeeze one fresh orange into the citrus and salt mix.
Add to the clean water and stir vigorously. Pour into a plastic sports bottle or water bottle.
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