A homemade electrolyte drink provides you and your family natural rehydration from colds, flu, food poisoning, breastfeeding, sports, and other physical exertion. This is a simple recipe that just works and you likely already have the ingredients at home.
A better electrolyte choice that uses real food ingredients
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of the most popular electrolyte drinks? So many unnatural ingredients and fillers.
Electrolyte drinks and powders are also completely unnecessary to purchase
You can easily make a homemade electrolyte drink with a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand — and one great (optional) ingredient you probably don't have at home (but can easily order or pick up regardless.)
What Are Electrolytes?
An 'electrolyte' is an essential mineral — like sodium and potassium — two of the most vital electrolytes.
All humans require them to function as they are essential to a number of vital bodily functions.
Electrolytes conduct electricity and spark cell processes throughout the body.
Sometimes your body gets low on these essential minerals. Like when you have a cold or flu. When you've been ill from food poisoning. When you're breastfeeding a very hungry newborn around the clock. Or when you're playing sports or even just walking and naturally sweating in the hot summer sun.
This is when you need a homemade electrolyte drink to replenish these essential minerals.
A severe electrolyte deficiency can lead to muscle cramps and twitching progressing to weakness, heart arrhythmia, paralysis — even death from cardiac arrest in severe circumstances.
Replace Electrolytes At Home
If you are under the impression that you need to purchase some specialty drink or powder to rehydrate at home — I'm here to tell you that you don't.
This simple homemade electrolyte drink works just as well.
It doesn't take a lot of time or require a ton of ingredients. And if you are feeling unwell, you can make a pitcher for yourself and leave it in the refrigerator to drink throughout the day.
For children, a covered mason jar or other spill-proof container works best.
Which Type of Water Is Best?
Plain tap water works just fine but you can also use coconut water or a mixture of coconut and plain.
My favourite water to use is actually sparkling mineral water which will be a natural source of many different minerals.
However, it is also a good idea to have a mineral supplement on hand which you can add to plain tap or filtered water to remineralize it.
Adding A Mineral Supplement
This is a completely optional ingredient in my homemade electrolyte drink recipe but it is great to have on hand, especially if you are incredibly dehydrated and unwell.
I wish I had this the one and only time in my life I got heatstroke — that was a surprisingly brutal thing to recover from.
I use the Trace Minerals Research - Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops brand and highly recommend having a bottle on hand.
It will last you for ages.
Real Foods That Also Replenish Your Electrolytes
- Unsweetened coconut water
- Fruit & Fruit Juice
A homemade electrolyte drink provides you and your family natural rehydration from colds, flu, food poisoning, breastfeeding, sports, and other physical exertion.
- 1 litre of water
- Juice of 2 lemons
- ½ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt, or other real sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- (Optional) 12 drops of trace mineral concentrate
- Add all ingredients into a pitcher or empty bottle.
- Shake, stir, or gently flip the (closed) bottle around until everything mixes together.
You can add slices of lemon or other citrus fruit, sliced strawberries, or cucumber and mint to kick the taste up a notch if you wish.
If you don't have raw honey available, use maple syrup instead. Dark maple syrup is especially full of minerals.
Raw honey is not safe for babies younger than 1. Their best source of electrolytes will be your breastmilk. Please consult a pediatrician or other qualified health expert.
You can substitute plain water with coconut water in an amount you like to taste.
You can also substitute plain water with sparkling mineral water, just gently stir in the other ingredients.
Serving Size:8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g