Many of us have heard the word electrolytes but what are they and why do we need them? Electrolytes are certain nutrients or chemicals found in the body. The major ones are potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and chloride. Electrolytes help to maintain hydration or fluid balance, nerve and muscle functions. When we exercise, especially if we sweat a lot, we lose some electrolytes so it is very important to replace them with foods or drinks. Here is a recipe for a homemade and natural electrolyte replacement drink:
The Natural Hydrator
1 quart of water
Juice of 2 oranges
2 slices of lemon
3/4 teaspoon of salt
Optional (for taste): 1-2 teaspoons of sugar or honey
Combine all the ingredients and drink up!