Think about the last time you were dehydrated. You probably felt pretty crummy. Hydration is essential for optimal function. But sometimes water alone isn’t enough. That’s where electrolytes come in. It's important to maintain adequate electrolyte levels for essential functions.
And while you can get electrolytes from sports drinks, they’re often loaded with added sugar, which can be helpful if you’re an endurance athlete, but unnecessary if you’re just trying to stay hydrated daily.
So how else could you increase electrolyte levels and stay hydrated?
Make your own natural electrolyte drink instead. A few simple ingredients, and voila! Instant, grab-and-go hydration that doesn’t skimp on the electrolytes your body needs.
Here’s how to make your own electrolyte drink to experience all the benefits of electrolytes.
DIY Electrolyte Drink Ingredients With Step-By-Step Instructions
Your body is made up of mostly water — for example, your brain alone is 75% water.
Dehydration can put a serious dent in cognition function, affecting your memory and focus. But your body (and brain) need electrolytes in addition to H2O to keep things running smoothly.
A natural electrolyte drink delivers well-rounded hydration by replenishing both water and electrolyte stores.
Properly hydrating is necessary for basic functioning, but optimally hydrating has other benefits, too, including:
- Skin health. Your skin is made up largely of water, like your brain. Proper hydration ensures healthy skin cell turnover and prevents skin from drying out and obvious signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.
- Vaginal health. Your internal body also needs water to stay lubricated, and that includes the vagina. Hydrating regularly helps prevent vaginal dryness and supports a balanced vaginal pH, keeping yeast infections at bay.
- Lymph health. Your lymphatic system, which maintains your body’s fluid balance, is vital for immune function. A hydrated body’s lymphatic system works much better than one that’s dehydrated, making it better equipped to support immune health.
It’s easy to make your own DIY electrolyte drink to stay hydrated, and it mainly contains natural ingredients.
You’ll need the following ingredients to make the homemade electrolyte drink recipe:
- 1 or 2 cups of Water (or coconut water, which already contains some electrolytes)
- Citrus fruit juice from about half a lemon or lime
- Salt (sea salt or Himalayan pink salt)
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey or organic maple syrup (optional)
- Add the water, salt, and lemon or lime juice to a mason jar or other type of container with a lid.
- Shake everything up to mix.
- Drink up or store in your fridge for up to a week.
An Even Easier DIY Electrolyte Drink <H2>
The ingredients above might provide some electrolytes, but it’s tough to know the exact amount, and ensure you’re meeting your needs on a daily basis.
That’s where Mini Dew™ comes in. It’s even easier to use than some of the best electrolyte drinks and you just mix it with water. It provides a full-spectrum of both electrolytes, ionic trace minerals, and chelated minerals.
Mini Dew™ is 2 in 1: electrolytes + minerals for hydration and brain function.* Our microplastic-free pink salt electrolyte supports optimal hydration by maintaining water balance in and around cells.* Ionic trace minerals give the body the elements it needs to feel good and energized, while chelated essential minerals enhance cognitive performance and help reduce brain fog.*
Using it requires just one simple step: mix 1 tsp of the electrolyte drink powder into 12 oz water daily.
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