Making a natural rehydration drink is something you can easily make at home. No chemicals or ingredients you can’t read. You likely have everything in your kitchen right now.
Our bodies are made up of nearly 80% water and in order for our organs to function at their best, we must maintain that water supply. We we fail, we can experience headache, fatigue, dry mouth, weight gain and more. But those are just a few of the symptoms we see or notice. We are actually doing more harm to our organs when we allow dehydration to set in.
Spring has sprung and if you are like me, you are spending a lot more time outdoors. Physical exertion coupled with increased temperatures means we all have to be careful to stay hydrated. Failure to do so can cause all sorts of problems.
Just drink more water? Not so fast…
The solution to avoid dehydration seems to be to just drink more water, right? Well, not so quick. We do need to increase our water intake, especially in warmer weather when we are sweating. However, often we need a little more of a boost with some electrolytes.
The benefit of a natural rehydration drink
If you are like me, you’ve likely consumed more than your share of some of the old faithful rehydration drinks that have been around for ages. You know, the ones that come in every color and flavor imaginable with an ingredient list that would make your head spin.
There’s just something about combatting the heat and exhaustion with chemicals that just doesn’t sit right with me. This journey to better care for the body God has given me has me questioning a LOT of old habits. I’ve also done more research regarding nutrition over the past couple of years than ever before.
I’ve found that one of the most important ingredients in a natural rehydration drink is a good quality salt. Weston A Price Foundation posted a great article about the benefits here. There is also a link to the Wise Traditions podcast interview on the same topic. If you have the time, it’s a great listen or read. It definitely inspired me to be more intentional about making wise choices regarding salt in my diet.
Last summer, I began experimenting with natural rehydration drink recipes. Some were winners and some, well, not so much. I’ve come up with a four ingredient version of rehydration drink that I call Savory Lemonade and it has become quite popular in our home. You probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. So, how about whipping up a small batch right now?
- 3 c water
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt (or other mineralized salt)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Warm 1/2 c water with the salt and sugar to dissolve the crystals.
- Add juice of half lemon to a storage container with the salt and sugar mixture.
- Add remainder of water and stir.
- Store in the refrigerator.