’Tis the season for much sweating… Especially if you’re a fellow Floridian sweltering in the rapidly approaching summer heat. And when we sweat, we lose not just water, but minerals as well.
Whether we are outside sweating, or even just inside living day-to-day (even though I highly recommend more of the outside and sweating than being inside), we need hydration and minerals. We live in a mineral-depleted society due to poor diet and poor farming habits that leave the soil – and fruits of the soil – lower in minerals than in years past.
Adding minerals is important in any diet, but especially active people or those struggling with adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, or other endocrine-related health problems.
Most people realize they need some minerals. This is why the sports drink industry is thriving. What they don’t realize often, is that all sources are not created equal. When it comes to sports drinks, the health costs tend to outweigh the benefits.
Vitamin Water (Refresh Flavor): reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, less than 0.5% of: citric acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), natural flavors, vegetable juice (color), gum acacia, magnesium lactate and calcium lactate and potassium phosphate (electrolyte sources), vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate), glycerol ester of rosin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin).
Okay, let’s break that laundry list of ingredients down! Basically water, sugar, natural flavors, gum acacia, and some vitamins/electrolytes. Sounds harmless enough, right? Well, except when you realize that one bottle of the stuff has 33 grams of sugar…about a soft drink’s worth! (If you’re not sure what’s so bad about sugar, click here). To make things worse, all of those vitamins are synthetic. Aka, man-made. Unfortunately, synthetic vitamins don’t function in your body like natural ones, and can actually be hard on your body to process. They tend to be more toxic than nutritive. Oh, and ‘natural flavors’ aren’t always so natural. They can be so processed and lab-extracted that they barely resemble their original forms.
Then there’s the classic… Gatorade!
Gatorade: Sugar, dextrose, citric acid, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, gum arabic, glycerol ester of rosin, natural flavor, yellow 5.
Although Gatorade has made recent moves to be ‘healthier’ by removing brominated vegetable oil from their drinks, they still have a long way to go. (Brominated vegetable oil, by the way, is a flame retardant and is banned for consumption in over 100 countries. So I’m not too impressed that they took it out…).
Anyway, we’re looking at the same issues as Vitamin Water with the high sugar content and synthetic vitamins, as well as not-so ‘natural flavors’. However, we have even more nasty to contend with. Glycerol ester of rosin has been declared unsafe by the European Food Safety Authority, and yellow 5 is a known carcinogen.
Honestly, it’s kind of a bummer that you can’t even trust something as widely-promoted as Gatorade or as healthy sounding as ‘Vitamin Water’. So what’s a poor, health-conscious dehydrated soul to do? MAKE YOUR OWN OF COURSE! : )
It’s easy peasy! Trust me! If you can turn on a blender or shake a bottle, you can make it! It’s yummy, COMPLETELY healthy, and fairly simple! It also serves as a gentle detox, with cleansing ingredients like ACV (apple cider vinegar) and lemon juice. Win-win!
Oh, and you can always customize it to your taste! Not sweet enough for you? Add more honey! Don’t like lime? replace it with lemon! You get the idea…
This drink mix is zingy with a hint of sweet, and perfect for quenching your thirst on those sweaty summer days!
Enjoy and stay hydrated!
ELECTROLYTE/DETOX DRINK CONCENTRATE:
1 ½ cups organic lemon juice
1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar (we recommend Braggs brand)
1 cup raw local honey
¼ cup organic lime juice
1 tsp. Himalayan Salt or Real Salt
1 ½ tbl mineral drops (we recommend Concentrace brand) optional
Put all ingredients in the Vitamix or other blender and blend up. (Or, if you’re lazy and don’t want to clean the blender, you can just put them all in a jar and shake).
Then add to a gallon jug and finish with water for a ready-to-drink mixture.
Or, skip adding water and store in a quart jar for a concentrated mixture to add in water as you want it.
Nina In New York: Gatorade Removes Potentially Toxic Ingredient Also Found In Flame Retardant. Yum!
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