Got a cold or the flu? Need to rehydrate? Or play a lot of sports and looking for a healthy alternative? Try this Homemade Electrolyte Drink, it’s easy and full of flavor!
I love my homemade electrolyte drink. It’s refreshing and rehydrating. And there’s NO artificial junk in it. Why did I decide to make my own electrolyte recipe? My 8-year-old son was sick, and I wanted a homemade Pedialyte alternative.
A few years ago, he got the stomach flu every few months due to inflammation in his colon (read more about our experience), which we were able to heal with colostrom and probiotic supplement, gluten-free diet and extra virgin cod liver oil.
We’ve got the routine down. BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce and gluten-free toast) diet and an electrolyte drink, usually Pedialyte. But when I began really looking at the label, I was horrified to find so many harmful ingredients – such as artificial colors and flavors. That’s when I decided to make my own homemade electrolyte drink.
What’s in Typical Electrolyte Drinks?
The strawberry-flavored Pedialyte one-liter container has the following ingredients: Water, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavor, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, Red 40 and Blue 1.
We’ve tried the unflavored version and it was so horrid that my son wouldn’t even drink it. Plus, I was bothered that it still contained chemicals that I didn’t want my son to ingest. And sports drinks like Gatorade contain other harmful ingredients such as brominated vegetable oils along with refined sugars and artificial colors.
What Are Electrolytes and Why Do We Need Them?
In a nutshell, electrolytes are basically salts – specifically the ions in salt. According to Discovery Health, “electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.”
Furthermore, when kids get the stomach flu or have diarrhea or vomiting, they lose electrolytes and need to replenish them. The same goes for kids (and adults) who exercise a lot – they lose electrolytes (specifically sodium and potassium) through sweat.1
The major electrolytes in the body include: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate.2
How to Make Your Own Homemade Electrolyte Drink
I wanted a natural homemade electrolyte drink to increase my son’s hydration. Salt is a key ingredient in getting electrolytes into the body. I adapted this simple recipe from Mother Nature Network and loved that I could use ingredients that I use everyday from my kitchen. This is an ideal natural cold or stomach flu remedy and natural sports drink for kids.
I also have recipes for Homemade Electrolyte Popsicles, Cold-Busting Gummy Snacks (made with black cherry and elderberries) and a Natural Homemade Sports Drink made with essential oils (for an extra immunity boost), as well as tips on how to use essential oils for colds and flu.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
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Got a cold or the flu? Need to rehydrate? Or play a lot of sports and looking for a healthy alternative? Try this Homemade Electrolyte Drink.
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
- Store in Mason jars or reusable glass cap bottles.
Watch the Video Tutorial
Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make a Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink – aka homemade Gatorade. This recipe is perfect to rehydrate after sports or replenish fluids from the cold or flu.
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More Cold and Flu Remedies You Might Like
- Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
- Homemade Electrolyte Popsicles (Better than Pedialyte)
- Cold-buster Elderberry Gummy Snacks
- Immune-Boosting Turmeric Latte Recipe (Golden Milk Drink)
- Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir – Natural Cold Remedy
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