You've heard the word: electrolyte. You know it's in Gatorade. But do you know what an electrolyte is or why it's necessary? According to Built Lean, electrolytes are ions in the body that conduct electricity (that's right, you're electric!) and maintain the balance of fluids between the inner and outer part of the cell. When fluids are imbalanced, you can experience symptoms as minor as muscle cramping and as severe as heart disease.
Dr. Axe explains an electrolyte imbalance can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and high fevers. The key here is that you are losing fluids. A loss of fluids can lead to dehydration and life-threatening complications. Other symptoms include muscle aches and spasms, anxiety, frequent headaches, heart palpitations, and joint pain. You may also experience changes in blood pressure or appetite and weight. None of this is very pleasant.
Instead of reaching for a sugary sports drink, replenish your electrolytes with these 8 tasty and nutritious electrolyte drinks from Home Remedy Hacks.
1. Watermelon juice. The electrolytes in watermelon promote nerve function and heart health. The tasty summer fruit has properties that make it a miracle worker against muscle pain, especially after a strenuous workout. Make it into a juice and sip after exercising to prevent fluid imbalance.
2. Ginger, lemon, honey. It sounds like a cold remedy, and it very well could be. Pour 1 cup water into a pan. Add 3- 4 fresh ginger slices and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the flame and let cool. Pour into a container and add 2 more cups water. Add juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons raw honey. Shake and drink.
3. Cranberry maple juice. Cranberry is somewhat of a miracle fruit. The tart berry is rich in electrolytes and is effective at detoxifying the lymphatic system and cleansing the kidneys and bladder. To make this drink, mix 5 cups water with 3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drink when you are feeling exhausted.
4. Coconut strawberry smoothie. There's a reason coconut water is a favorite among athletes. It really works to rehydrate and replenish. Using a blender, mix 3 cups coconut water with 1 cup water, 1 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 cup ice.
5. Banana kale smoothie. Banana is one of the greatest sources of potassium, as well as phosphorus, calcium, and sodium. This recipe requires just a bit of prep. Steep 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds in water for 5 minutes then drain. De-seed 1 orange, chop 1 kale leaf and slice 2 ripe bananas. Blend together, adding water until you reach your preferred consistency.
6. Dark cherry drink. Dark, tart cherries are packed with nutrients. Begin this recipe by boiling 1/2 cup distilled water. Upon reaching a boil, turn off the flame and add 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir well until the honey and salt dissolves. Next, add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 3 1/2 cups water. Keep in the fridge to drink when you feel tired or weak.
7. Celery apple smoothie. The sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus in celery will do you wonders, as will the electrolytes found in apples. Blend 6 celery stalks, 1 apple, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add water to reach your preferred consistency and drink fresh.
8. Water, sugar, salt. Simply mix 1 tablespoon sugar or honey and 1 teaspoon salt into a tall glass of water. Drinking this on hot summer days will prevent dehydration and the loss of important electrolytes.
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