Electrolyte replacing sports drinks or even those that are designed to be used to re-hydrate during bouts of sickness contain some basic ingredients that should help your body re-hydrate and replace lost minerals and electrolytes. These ingredients should help your re-hydrate and replace lost electrolytes. But what if they really aren’t doing a good job?
Water, an obvious ingredient for hydration.
Sugars, generally refined and processed sugars are added to boost energy.
Citric acid and/or sodium citrate added to give a sour-salty flavor and as a preservative.
Salt, refined salt retains only sodium chloride and other chemical additives.
Monopotassium phosphate used to replace lost potassium, a very poor substitute
Artificial flavors and dyes
Most of these ingredients are NOT bio-available. That means your body can not absorb them, they are not in a state that your body can readily use them. So, in essence the spots drink you are drinking is passing through your system with very little if any beneficial effect.
Is there something better? Yes there is, it’s called real food. Real food is bundled together in bio-available packets that your body CAN use and absorb.
Let’s break down the ingredients in the Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink:
Coconut water is more effective at re-hydrating the body than sports drinks and contains double the amounts of potassium. Potassium helps your muscles move, your heart to beat, your nerves to send messages and your liver to filer blood.
Lemon and Lime Juice are alkalizing in the body and help balance the pH levels of the body. Citric acid in lemons and limes are a good source of potassium. Ascorbic acid will promote wound healing and decrease inflammation.
Raw honey is an immune booster full of anti-microbial properties. Honey is a quick source of energy, but will not cause a sugar spike like refined sugars. Raw honey is also an alkaline forming food.
Baking Soda helps to reduce the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles. Baking soda is also an alkalizing food. (So why should we care about alkaline foods? Well, because the more acidic your body is the more prone to disease, infection, and degenerative conditions.
Redmond Real Saltor natural sea salt are unrefined and contain natural minerals that your body can absorb and use.
Stop reaching for harmful chemical additives and artificial coloring when you feel the need to replace electrolytes and make your own electrolyte drink and give your body what it really needs!