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  • #16
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    I found an electrolyte homemade drink on a health food site some years ago and I use it here in our very hot and humid climate (where we sweat a lot!!!) It works for me. Juice of half a lemon and a small teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of water. I put a little bit of hot water in with the salt and let it dissolve and then add cold water and the lemon juice. Very cheap too as we grow our own organic lemons.


    HTH

    Marloe

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    • #17
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      Marloe, I hate to tell you, but there is nothing in that recipe that old fashioned, not so effective, salt pills do. It is devoid of potassium, which is the other macromineral lost by sweat.


      I "reverse engineered" Gatorade once to arrive at the amount of salt and salt substitute to use to make my own. I used unsweetened Koo-Aid for the flavoring, and if I felt like it, some honey. Sorry, I don't have the recipe any more.


      Actually, just normal sweating in a hot clime (me, too) doesn't require electrolyte replacement. A decent diet gives you all the sodium and potassium that you need. In fact, you probably get way more sodium than you need, you just need potassium.


      It's only under severe heat and exercise load does something like Gatorade starts to be effective. Think UF Gators. If you aren't sweating like they do during practice or a game at this time of year, you do not need electrolytes.


      Worst case, salt up (sodium)and salt substitute(potassium) your food.

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      • #18
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        I drink kombucha after working out, it is a fermented drink.

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        • #19
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          "I drink kombucha..."


          But does it have what plants crave?

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          • #20
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            Is it absolutely necessary to drink an electrolyte enriched drink? I don't think I ever have...

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            • #21
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              My 14-year-old son just joined the cross-country running team, and his coach recommended drinking diluted Gatorade. My husband bought him some - the only useful things in it are sugar (but it's HFCS), sodium, and potassium. The rest is crap. We will not be buying it again. My local food co-op carries a product called Recharge, which is a health-food Gatorade alternative; it contains water, fruit juice concentrates, and salt. It has more potassium than Gatorade does, without any potassium on the ingredient list. I checked some bottles of plain fruit juice, and they all contained potassium. From what I learned from reading labels, I think that some fruit juice diluted with water and a tiny pinch of salt would give you all the sugar, potassium, and salt you would need.

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              • #22
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                I think you are on the right track, Annika. Yes, Gatorade is truly crap. The powdered version just subs fructose for the liquid HFCS.


                When I was drinking juices - and yes, I do miss them - I always diluted my grapefruit juice about 1:1 or even more. It was much more refreshing.


                So why not a nice plum or banana and water?

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                • #23
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                  Water and a whole piece of fruit would be even better in my opinion - unless you are still running. A few swigs of diluted juice takes a few seconds to drink, while fruit takes a couple of minutes, and might not be as easy on the tummy if you are still pushing yourself really hard. I'm not athlete, so I'm just guessing!

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                  • #24
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                    Pickle Juice, the left over juice in the pickle jar, is the best homemade sport drink to replenish your electrolytes without the sugar. A small swig from the jar has always worked for me in the past to relieve/prevent cramping. The only time I get around to drinking it now is long endurance rides.

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                    • #25
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                      Pickle Juice eew I don't know if I can do that. I like the fruit and water idea though.


                      I know this is not primal but I still like the whey drink after a hard workout.

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                      • #26
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                        not being a smart Arse here just a real question?

                        Cave men didn't need these kind of drinks? they drank water so why do we? xoox Darlene

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                        • #27
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                          PG, Grok only drank water (and some blood and things...) but look how bad the economy was. No jobs, everyone scavenging for what they could eat.


                          But today, well, thanks to Corporate America convincing wannabe athletes that they need all kinds of thing from expensive shoes to electrolytes, our economy is booming.


                          Oh, wait.........

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                          • #28
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                            DO THIS: throw a pinch of natural salt into your water. it has all the electrolytes you need.


                            electrolytes are important, if you sweat for more than an hour you should replace them. it shouldn't matter if you're not sweating heavily or you're exercising for less than an hour. electrolyte include sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate.

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                            • #29
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                              Sam, salt, even your much vaunted natural salt, does not have potassium in it and it is the other half of the big two of electrolytes. Chlorides are just tag along molecular parts, they are not electrolytes, and bicarbonate of soda (presuming), NaHCO3, is just sodium again. The hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen do nothing. It is not an electrolyte and no different than table salt, it just supples sodium.

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                              • #30
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                                OTB, thanks for the sass. Natural salts DO in fact contain potassium. I appreciate your more biological discussion though, it's true that I do not understand the mechanisms by which electrolytes work and am just relaying information from trustworthy sources.


                                http://curezone.com/foods/salt/Celti...t_Analysis.asp

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