Electrolyte Drink Recipe
You have had Gatorade and other drinks that are made specifically for athletes. These are important for fit people who deplete electrolytes during activity. So before we get to the electrolyte drink recipe, it might be important to understand what are electrolytes?
Electrolyte Drink: What are Electrolytes
Electrolyte is a “medical/scientific” term for salts, specifically ions.
The term electrolyte means that this ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative (cathode) or positive (anode) electrode:
What exactly does this mean? Well, these opposite charges make it so the body can transfer fluids between cells.
Your body fluids, including blood, plasma, and fluid between cells are like seawater and have a high concentration of sodium chloride (table salt, or nacl).
Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses. These include nerve impulses and muscle contractions across themselves and to other cells.
This means you need electrolytes to move and for your heart to beat.
Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body.
For example, when you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant.
The Major Electrolytes in the Body:
phosphate (po42-) sulfate (so42-)
Now that you understand the importance, here is the recipe for an Electrolyte Drink.
Electrolyte Drink Recipe
You can make an inexpensive rehydration drink at home. However, do not give this homemade drink to children younger than 12.
Measure all ingredients precisely.
Small variations can make the drink less effective or even harmful.
Mix the following ingredients
1 quart (950 ml) water
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) table salt, or 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 g) salt substitute (such as “lite salt,” which is potassium-based)
Add water flavoring drink mix if desired.
Consume during or after working out or training to replenish lost electrolytes.
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