Stay Refreshed This Summer with All Natural Energy Drinks – #wellbeingwednesday By Rachel Schwartzman, ND
It looks as though summer is here, and the heat is on! For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip I will share with you some easy ways to keep yourself hydrated and replenish electrolytes without relying on those artificially flavoured drinks.
Coconut Water: This beverage is packed full of electrolytes, allowing you to ditch those commercial drinks marketed as energy drinks. Rich in sodium, magnesium potassium, phosphorus and calcium, it’s a perfect drink for athletes, pregnant mamas, little ones and anyone needing some extra hydration. Try having it on ice with fresh mint, use it as the base in a smoothie or even top it off on an alcoholic beverage. Making homemade popsicles are another easy and delicious summer treat.
Salt is rich in several dozen trace minerals that our bodies need daily (specifically sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium). Add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, sea salt or any real salt. Table salt does not contain any of those same minerals because of the way it is processed.
Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits are rich in electrolytes with lemons having the most of any of them! The naturally occurring sugars in these fruit juices help to maintain energy during a workout as well as to help speed up recovery afterwards. Try adding some fresh lemon, lime or orange slices to your drink, you can even suck on a few for a good boost in nutrients!
Raw honey or Maple Syrup: both of these nutrient rich sweeteners are filled with natural enzymes and minerals. They are easily digestible sugars and are great to keep energy levels high during exercise.
Make your own electrolyte drink!
4 cups water or coconut water
1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt
¼ cup juice (grape, apple, lemon, pineapple)
2 tbsp of honey or maple sysrup
Garnish with some fresh citrus slices
I hope you are all enjoying this hot weather. The summer season is a short one, so make sure to make the most of it! Be safe and stay cool.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com