First, THANK YOU so much for your emails, messages and texts in response to last week's post. This was something I was nervous to share, and the positive and supportive response has been amazing.
On a lighter note, today I'm popping in with a quick, super refreshing summer drink recipe. I've talked about the importance of staying hydrated before and now that the sticky summer weather is upon us (at least for my US friends!) getting plenty of water and electrolytes in is even more crucial.
Oh yeah, electrolytes! What are those little guys anyways? An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate are examples of electrolytes. Electrolytes play a role in some key bodily functions including:
- help keep blood pressure levels stable
- assist with nerve signaling
- reduce anxiety
- support muscle contractions and proper heart rhythm
- bone building and strength
- and MORE!
That all being said, it's important that we've got the proper balance of electrolytes in our bods. The main way you loose electrolytes is through sweating, which most of us do more of in the summer.
Now you DON'T need to go out and buy a bunch of Gatorade (it's packed with mostly sugar anyways!) - there are plenty of natural ways to replenish your body's electrolytes.
Here are a few natural ways to replenish lost electrolytes, naturally:
- Eat a potassium rich banana
- Drink some delicious coconut water
- Add a dash of quality sea salt to your water
- Take a magnesium supplement
You can also make yourself this delicious electrolyte lemonade! I've been making this drink a lot the past few days and I've noticed that not only am I less hungry, my sugar cravings have gone WAY down and I'm sleeping so much better. Now that's COOL!
- Filtered water
- Juice of 1 lemon (or lime or 1/2 of a grapefruit)
- Generous pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- A few drops liquid stevia or 1 tsp raw honey
- Fill a large mason jar (32oz) or water bottle with filtered water.
- Add freshly squeezed citrus juice, sea salt and stevia (if using). Taste and add more juice or stevia if desired. Note: if you use honey, you'll want to dissolve it in a little bit of hot water first.
- Drink up!
Now I want to hear from you: What's your favorite summer drink? Leave a comment below and let me know!