Electrolytes are an important part of staying hydrated, especially in times of sickness or during exercise. There are a few simple ways to make it, one way is by combining some fruit juices, water and salt. Coconut water is a great source of natural electrolytes and is relatively cheap as well. I prefer natural homemade electrolytes (whether homemade or bought) over something such as Powerade or Gatorade with its dyes, preservatives and sugar.
I came across this recipe on a website full of information for those with mthfr (methylation) defects. The electrolyte mix requires 6 components, fruit juice concentrate, water, bioplasma cell salts, electrolyte concentrate, vitamin c powder and d-ribose. Generally I make a gallon of it which can last from 4-8 days depending on how much you drink a day. Typically I drink about 2-4 cups of it, I usually use 2 cups of it and put it into my daily protein shake/meal that I start my day with. By using all natural and homeopathic ingredients you don’t have to worry about unnecessary chemicals or blood sugar being raised. It will also hydrate and energize you more effectively then conventional electrolyte drinks or mixes.
To make the electrolyte mix you combine one can/container of fruit juice concentrate, enough water to make a gallon, 4 teaspoons of bioplasma cell salts, 2-3 teaspoons (sometimes tablespoons depending on brand) of electrolyte concentrate, 5-10 teaspoons of vitamin c powder and about 10 scoops of d-ribose. The ingredients will need time to dissolve and mix together to form the electrolyte mix. The electrolyte mix can be drank during exercise, throughout the day and even while taking an epsom salt bath or in a sauna. It’s important to your health to know how to make natural electrolyte mix, especially if you are deciding to go on a healthy diet such as the paleo diet.
Slightly off topic but recently I have even come across a few articles and excerpts from a book that low sodium and electrolytes can cause sugar and carb cravings. By drinking a properly made electrolyte drink you can minimise sugar and carb cravings and better balance blood sugar. Branched chain amino acids may also help alleviate carb cravings as well, but I haven’t come across much research showing that it may be the case. When selecting ingredients be sure to look for all natural versions without added fillers. To find the best and cheapest option for ingredients I often use amazon or iherb.