It’s getting hot out there off and on now, so I thought I’d share my recipe for hydrating electrolyte (aka diy gatorade) with you. It’s delicious, you can use the herbs in your garden or kitchen window, and it’s so much better for you than commercial drinks – besides being way cheaper. Plus you can drink as much as you like without overamping the body or causing water over-detoxing.
Summer Hydrating energy drink – like Gatorade but better – Diann Dirks
16 oz. pure water (or coconut water or Water Kefir) (Or start with a big pitcher and make the same ratio as below for the ingredients – once brewed and flavored, keep in the frig.)
1 Tbs. honey (or Sucanat, organic cane sugar, or maple syrup) (or Trader Joe’s Stevia powder but in lesser amounts as it’s very sweet)
1/8 tsp Himilayan or other colored high mineral natural salt (not table salt)
Juice of 1 lemon or lime or orange (even grapefruit)
Optional: Two or three sprigs of your favorite aromatic herb – my favorites are:
Purple or green perilla (aka Shiso)
Mint (any variety – sweet, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate, etc.)
Basil – any variety
Lemon balm (or lime balm)
Thyme, Oregano, Winter Savory or other similar fresh herb I sometimes successfully mix the herbs for great flavor variety. Basil and Perilla are a good mix. Mint and Lemon Balm or Basil also excellent.
I place the herbs between my hands and roll them to bruise – this brings out the flavors. The herbs also have healing qualities so it isn’t just for flavor.
Or substitute flavorful fruits like strawberry, cherry, peach, elderberry, or other fruit.
If using fruit, crush them well before adding to get the most out of them.
Mix the ingredients, put in the flavorings or fruit, sit on the counter for an hour or so for full flavor. Sometimes I add a portion of Kombucha Tea to the liquid for probiotic
benefits. Water Kefir is also very high in probiotics.
Pour some into a glass with ice and drink.
You may want to experiment with how much salt you want but don’t leave it out unless you have someone in your household who can’t have it.
For an added caffeine energy burst, you can make iced tea as the liquid with Red Rose Tea – the other brands commercially available are contaminated with sprays* unless specifically stated as Organic. (* based on my research)
(I have a great water filter system if anyone wants the best filter on the market – PM me if interested)