Electrolytes are ions n the body which conduct electricity and maintain the balance of fluids between the inner and outer parts of the cell. When the fluids are imbalanced you may experience symptoms as muscle cramping (minor) and heart disease (severe). If there is electrolyte imbalance, it may lead to diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, and sweating. The key is that you are losing fluids which can lead to dehydration and complications that are life threatening. There might appear other symptoms like spasms, aches, frequent headaches, anxiety, joint pain, and heart palpations. You can also experience changes in your appetite, weight, or blood pressure. They are not pleasant at all.
You can replenish your electrolytes with these electrolyte drinks instead of reaching for the sugary sports drinks.
- Water melon juice – it promotes nerve function and healthier heart. Watermelon is a miracle worker against muscle pain, especially after strenuous workout. Sip the juice after workout in order to prevent fluid imbalance.
- Lemon, honey, and ginger – put 1 cup of water into a pan, add 3-4 fresh ginger slices, and let them simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and let it cool off, then pour it into a container, adding 2 more cups of water. Add the juice of ½ lemon, ¼ tsp of salt, and 2 tbsp. f raw honey. Shake it and drink it.
- Cranberry maple juice – it is high in electrolytes and is effective at detoxifying the lymphatic system and cleaning the bladder and kidneys. Make a mixture of 5 cups of water and 3 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice, 2 tbsp. of maple syrup, and ½ tsp of salt. Once you feel exhausted, drink it.
- Coconut strawberry smoothie – coconut water is famous among athletes as it rehydrates and replenishes the body. Mix 3 cups of coconut water and 1 cup of water, with 1 cup of strawberries, 2 tbsp. of honey, and 1 cup of ice in a blender.
- Banana kale smoothie – ne of the greatest potassium source is banana. It also provides sodium, calcium, and phosphorus. Steep 1-1/2 tbsp. of chia seeds in water for 5 minutes, and then drain it. De-seed 1 orange, chop 1 kale, and slice 2 ripe bananas, blending them together and adding water until you reach the preferred consistency.
- Dark cherry drink – tart and dark cherries are loaded with nutrients. Boil ½ cup of distilled water, when it reaches a boil, turn the lame off and add ¼ cup of honey, and ½ tsp of salt. Stir it well to dissolve the honey and salt and then add ¼ cup of lemon juice, ½ cup of orange juice, and 3 ½ cups of water. Store it in the fridge and consume it when you feel weak or tired.
- Celery apple smoothie – celery is packed with magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, and chloride that will do wonders. Apples are also high in electrolytes. Take a blender and put 6 celery stalks, 1 apple, and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and mix them well, adding water to reach the preferred consistency, and consume it fresh.
- Water, salt, and sugar – mix 1 tbsp. of sugar or honey and 1 tsp of salt into a glass of water and consume it during the hot summer days to prevent dehydration and loss of electrolytes.