If you have ever experienced cramping in your muscles during a race or long run, then you know how important it is to stay hydrated and replenish your lost electrolytes. Our muscles need a combo of the electrolytes calcium, sodium and potassium to contract, and when we sweat out our stores of these minerals, that depletion can cause weakness and cramping.1 No fun!
Many store-bought electrolyte drinks contain tons of artificial flavoring and coloring to make them more tasty and appealing. For your next long run feel free to skip the blue dye and fructose syrup versions of these sports drinks. Instead, keep your body ticking along smoothly with this all-natural homemade electrolyte drink!
Makes about 1 liter of electrolyte mix
- 1 tsp - Himalayan Sea Salt
- 2/3 cup - Fresh fruit juice (try mango, pineapple or apple juice)
- 2/3 cup - Coconut water (contains potassium and sodium)
- 1/2 cup - Aloe Vera juice (contains calcium, magnesium and potassium)
- 2 1/2 cups - Water
Play around with the measurements according to your taste buds and how sweet you like your workout drinks. This mix has just a hint of sweetness, but more fruit juice can be added to up the flavor a little.
- Although it might taste good, avoid overly acidic juices like lemon or lime. These can be a little harsh on your gut while running. Juices like mango, apple and pineapple add good flavor without being too tart.
- Avoid juices with pulp (or strain the pulp out) if you plan to use a workout bottle that has a squeezy nozzle because the pulp will get stuck in the opening #frustrating 😉
- Don’t try anything new on race day! Test this out during a training session first.