After a few cooler days here in Ottawa, it seems like we are heading into some warm weather this week. It's very important not only to rehydrate if you've been sweating, but also to replenish important electrolytes that you lose while you're sweating. If you're one of those people who gets headaches after exercising, you may not be replenishing your electrolytes enough. And while many people will reach for a product like Gatorade or Vitamin Water in an attempt to replenish electrolytes, there are much healthier alternatives out there... Or, actually, right in your kitchen!
I've recently had many patients ask me for an easy, homemade electrolyte drink recipe. Here's one that I have enjoyed today after my morning run:
In a large 500mL glass, mix together:
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1/8-1/4 tsp of sea salt (it should taste slightly salty)
-1/8-1/4 tsp of baking soda (same amount as sea salt; it will bubble and fizz when you add it in!)
-1 tsp honey or maple syrup
Then add water to fill the glass.
That's it! So easy - enjoy!
Dr. Tamar Ferreira is a Naturopathic Doctor in Brampton, Ontario. Her areas of focus include digestive health, hormone balance, and skin conditions.