Editor’s note — This post was posted in 2012, but with the wave of warm climate comes the have to have for hydration, and that wave is definitely a-comin’ on by way of. This approach for creating your personal sports drink is each successful in the physique and inexpensive on the wallet (but we by no means mentioned something about the greatest taste).
When researching sports-nutrition materials for a various report, I ran across this recipe for creating your personal sports drink. The recipe comes from a reliable supply (WebMD.com) and has been reviewed by several registered nutritionists and physicians, so I pass this along with higher self-confidence that it will not poison you, and that it will truly carry out almost as effectively as the corporate formulation peddled by Gatorade (a Pepsi Cola solution) and Powerade (a solution of Coca Cola).
To a quart of water, add:
- 1/two teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or 1/four teaspoon of potassium-primarily based Salt Lite)
- 3 to four tablespoons of sugar
The directions with this recipe warn that this mixture is for people more than 12 and that you should stick closely to the quantities listed. Some of this is CYA at operate. Leaving the sugar out of the concoction, for instance, is not going to harm you if do not want a sugared drink but 1) do want to replace the electrolytes you are sweating away and two) do want your physique to absorb much more of the water you are drinking (electrolytes assist your absorb much more water).
Sticking to the baking soda and salt quantities listed, nevertheless, is likely a superior concept. Also, if you leave the sugars out, you will want to retain muscle tissues fueled in the course of a lengthy outing by consuming the power foods (mostly carbohydrates) that your companions have so thoughtfully brought along for you.
Immediately after testing numerous quarts of this recipe, I’m going to advise that you ought to leave the sugar in and that you could even add a tiny lemon juice or a touch of non-sweetened Kool Help powder. That’s due to the fact the non-sweetened concoction demands an acquired taste. With sweetener, the drink is not half undesirable — in the way that Gatorade is not half undesirable. With out sweetener, the taste is just east of hideous.
What’s totally good about this homebrew is the cost–like a nickle a quart. Additionally there’s no wasted sources and no wasted landfill space consumed by but an additional galling plastic bottle.
Previously posted July 11, 2012.