DIY Electrolyte Drink

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Summer heat got you down? Need to replenish after a workout, sickness, or even labor? This easy and delicious DIY natural electrolyte drink is just what you need.

DIY electrolyte drink

Taking care of you.

As a busy woman, sometimes taking care of myself can be hard to do. But self-care is an essential part of a healthy family. Unfortunately, I’ve learned this the hard way. When my health is running low, I suffer and my family is worse off for it.

Lack of sleep, the strain of running around like a chicken with your head cut off life, workouts, summer outdoorsy stuff, even sickness… All these things can cause strain on our bodies and deplete them of their mineral resources. It’s important for us to replenish so that we can keep our health and take care of ourselves and our families.

This easy, DIY electrolyte drink is a wonderful way to replenish your body’s electrolytes and re-hydrate your system! It’s full of natural, healthy ingredients, and takes next to no time to whip up. I enjoy drinking it as a “special drink” (as my kiddos call it), but I’ve found it extremely useful to have on hand after sweating out a fever. I’ve also made a version of it after the births of my last three children to help give my body a boost after labor and delivery!

DIY natural Electrolyte Drink

What exactly are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are tiny hormone-controlled chemicals our body produces that help our cells generate energy and maintain stability. They include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.

Physical exertion and stress can deplete our bodies of these important chemicals, but thankfully, they can be found naturally in foods.

Citrus fruits are a wonderful source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. I used orange, lemon, and lime for this recipe, but you could also use grapefruit, as well.

Coconut water already contains all five minerals essential for electrolyte balance! If you can’t get your hands on coconut water, you could also use milk kefir, which is also high in calcium and magnesium (just remember the texture will be different!).

For an added boost of minerals, I use a few drops of liquid trace minerals, some magnesium powder, honey (contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium), and a pinch of sea salt (contains magnesium, potassium, and of course, sodium).

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DIY Electrolyte Drink
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. citrus juice (I did 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 orange)
  • 3 c. coconut water
  • 3 T. honey
  • ¼ t. magnesium powder
  • 3-4 drops of trace minerals (optional) (available on Amazon)
  • dash of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Puree to mix.
  3. Serve as is, or over ice.
  4. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.
Notes
Makes 1 quart of electrolyte drink.

 

Raia
Raia lives in the south with her husband/best-friend, five wonderfully crazy kids, six free-range chickens, and a gazillion mosquitoes. In between being a full time wife, mom, and homeschool teacher, she blogs over at RaiasRecipes.com, where she shares all her gluten-free and allergy-friendly food.
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  • What a great way to hydrate up!

  • This is lovely Raia! I love the addition of the trace minerals. Such a great idea!

  • Megan says:

    Such a good idea. I’ll have to make this for my kids when it gets up in the 100’s here in Utah!

  • jules says:

    What a great lesson on elecrolytes and how to replenish them without expensive or sugary drinks!
    ~jules

    • Raia says:

      Exactly, Jules! Most of the electrolyte drinks in the grocery stores are full of so much unnecessary stuff. :p

  • Oh, this is great! Replenishing electrolytes is definitely something I worry when I’m running during the hot SoCal springs and summers. This would be so perfect post-run instead of something with a ton of sugar! Plus, it just looks really tasty. 😉

  • Diana says:

    I’m glad that I came across this recipe! I will definitly need to make this as I’ve been going through difficult times lately x

  • It sounds like a drink I must have and asap. I don’t always hydrate myself properly and that can’t be good for my health. A delicious and healthy drink is all I need. Great recipe!

    • Raia says:

      I’m in the same place, Daniela. I too often forget to drink and suffer for it! I hope you get a chance to enjoy this drink! 🙂

  • Molly Kumar says:

    Homemade electrolyte are so much better and cost efficient. We make something similar but never added trace mineral oil. Would be trying this soon !

  • Simon says:

    Never thought about making one of these myself… great idea. Thank you!

  • This sounds way better than gatorade 🙂

  • I always buy store made powders but never even thought to make this….thanks for sharing!

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