From an intense sports workout to being really sick, making sure you are staying hydrated is really important!
When you work out heavily or become very sick you can lose what are called electrolytes. It is important to replenish those since they are essential to bodily functions.
So, try this recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink with baking soda and your family will love it! You can also check out the Keto version of this electrolyte drink.
Before you rush to the store to buy a Gatorade for your next workout or jogging session, why not just try to make your own natural version! It is easy, cheap, quick to prepare and much more healthy.
Ordinary Gatorade drinks contain water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, a natural grape aroma, other natural flavorings, salt, sodium citrate, potassium phosphate mono, as well as Red # 40 and Blue # 1 dyes. (Shown on the label of a grape flavoured Gatorade drink).
While rehydrating is important for your health, you may wonder if potassium phosphate, mysterious “natural flavors” and other artificial dyes are really necessary?
So, for activities where water is no longer sufficient to rehydrate you properly (softball, triathlons, physical work, etc.), you can make your own drink that will be completely natural… unlike Gatorade and Powerade.
What Are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are chemical substances that capable of carrying or conducting an electric charge in a solution.
In the body, electrolytes play a role in the transmission of nerve impulses, in the maintenance of cellular metabolism and in other functions. Sodium ions (Na+) and potassium ions (K+) are two electrolytes present in the human body.
What Are Electrolytes Made Of?
An electrolyte is a conductive substance since it contains mobile ions. There are liquid and solid electrolytes. Liquid electrolytes are aqueous electrolytes in which ions come from a soluble salt and molten salts that consist only of ions.
Solid electrolytes are crystals in which some ions are mobile or polymers such as those used in ion exchange membranes.
For example: table salt (sodium chloride, NaCl) that dissociates or turns into ions, when dissolved in water. A non-electrolyte substance does not conduct electric current when dissolved in water.
While sugar (like glucose) does not dissociate into ions when dissolved in water. A current is thus generated when a charge is in motion. Traditionally, electricity is generated by the movement of electrons. The same principle applies here, but instead of having electrons in motion, it is the ions of a solution.
An electrolyte solution is an ion-containing solution. It conducts current and is electrically neutral.
An aqueous electrolyte solution is obtained by dissolving a substance called a solute in water; an organic electrolyte solution is a conductive solution that contains carbonaceous molecules and different minerals.
Why Do Athletes Drink Electrolytes?
The important electrolytes for athletes are sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Electrolytes are helpful to athletes in a few ways like hydration, muscle contraction and blood pressure.
That is the reason why sports drinks like Gatorade always contain electrolytes to replenish water lost in sweat and also help with fluid intake.
What Is A Natural Alternative To Gatorade?
The most basic sports drink that can be a natural alternative to Gatorade is is pure coconut juice or coconut juice mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
It is intended to be rich in nutritional intake (it was even used as a blood plasma alternative during the Pacific War)
Coconut juice contains more potassium than sports drinks and is naturally richer in sodium. Many athletes now swear by this drink alone.
The only downside of coconut juice is its price. If you want a cheaper alternative (but always healthy and tasty), this easily adaptable recipe is one of the best…
Baking soda is a product with amazing properties. Whether it is the use of bicarbonate in food or daily, bicarbonate is one of the super products to have absolutely at home. It can be used both in the pharmaceutical, medical, in cleaning or, again, in animal feed.
What Is Electrolyte Water?
Electrolytes, are all substances that when dissolving in water give ions, that is, electrically charged particles, for example, sodium, potassium.
The substances in question can be salts, acids or bases. Our organism being a real chemical plant this is not surprising.
For example, our stomach makes hydrochloric acid (from the Formula HCl). When it dissolves in the contents of the stomach, it will dissociate into an H + ion and a CL-ion.
Another example is salt (NaCl) in the body. It dissolves in water that circulates all over the body. Dissolution will give an ion Na + and an ion Cl-. It is because they are in this electrolytic form that they can act. What could a cell of salt crystals do in water?
Water And Electrolytes
The movements of water are inseparable from the movements of sodium: the water will go from the compartment less rich in sodium to dilute the compartment that is richer in sodium than it will then dilute.
This force of attraction of water to sodium is called osmotic pressure. It is she who is the force that allows the free movement of water from the inside of the cell to the outside.
On the other hand, sodium movements are not free. They depend on a sodium pump, which is a kind of active carrier of salt through the cell membrane.
What Are The 3 Main Electrolytes?
The major electrolytes are sodium, potassium, and chloride.
Positive ions are called cations, while negative ions are called anions.
The balance must always be equal between the inside of the cell and the outside, otherwise we would be a walking pile. So there are permanent ion exchanges so that the overall charge of our organism remains zero.
The main cations: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium
The main anions: chlorine, bicarbonate
For example, at the level of some renal cells, for a sodium that comes out of the cell to be eliminated in the urine, a potassium (thus provided with the same positive charge) will be reabsorbed. This is the sodium-potassium pump system.
Why Use Baking Soda For Electrolyte Drink?
Its use is justified because sodium bicarbonate or baking soda:
- is not harmful to health (it does not cause allergy, it is edible and non-toxic)
- is biodegradable
- contains no preservatives
- is economical(cheap)
4 Kinds Of Baking Soda(Distinguished by their purity)
Food grade baking soda: that is, the one that can be found in the supermarket. It is inexpensive and can be used in quite a few ways. It can be consumed and used without any contraindications.
Sodium bicarbonate: exclusively reserved for animals. It has basic properties that rebalance the pH of animals that consume too much protein. They just lick a big chunk of sodium salt and receive their daily dose of minerals, which often lack in their food
Industrial sodium bicarbonate: is more abrasive than the food grade, which restricts its use to household tasks only. It is advisable to wear gloves when handling it in order to avoid skin irritation.
Pharmaceutical sodium bicarbonate: it is the purest and most expensive. In addition, its use is strictly medical. So we can find it in the pharmacy.
Tip to check if the baking soda product is out of date:
Put a tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water and add a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice to it : if there is effervescence, the product is still good.
How Do You Make An Electrolyte Solution At Home?
- 1 litre of any liquid you prefer ( green tea, infusions, coconut juice, water, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan, sea salt or baking soda (or ordinary table salt but it does not have all the beneficial trace elements and minerals)
- ¼ To ½ crushed or powdered calcium and magnesium tablets (optional)
- ¼ Glass or more of juice (choice : grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc.)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of sweetener (optional): we can use honey, stevia, etc.I suggest you infuse the stevia leaves in the base liquid for a more natural result.
- Infuse the tea if you use it or heat the base liquid slightly.
- Add the salt or baking soda and crushed magnesium-calcium (if applicable)
- Add the juice, mix or shake with a shaker
- Let it cool and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you liked this easy electrolyte drink with baking soda and would like to try making other homemade healthy drinks, you may also like this Ayurvedic Barley water drink recipe. Check it out, but be careful as you may easily get hooked for life ;-).
Here is an even easier solution with the following recipe.
Homemade Electrolyte Drink With Baking Soda
- 1 big glass of lemon juice or limes juice (about 6 to 8 lemons)
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Place in an airtight jar and mix (lemon juice and baking soda will react, so gently shake without stirring too much), keep covered in the refrigerator.
- This preparation is suitable for 1 liter of filtered water or simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons per glass of water.
Baking Soda Vs Baking Powder?
Baking soda is 100% eco-friendly, inexpensive, biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-flammable. Of course it is just one of the key ingredients of our homemade recipes!
But, have you noticed that this miracle powder has several names? You may hear them called:
- Baking soda
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Food bicarbonate
- Vichy salt
- Small cow (in Canada)
Fortunately, I can show you the difference between all these names: so, what is the difference between baking soda and sodium and food baking soda or sodium bicarbonate?
The 3 most common names of bicarbonate are: – “baking soda”, – “sodium bicarbonate”, – and, quite simply, “bicarbonate”.
The difference is that baking powder already contains an acid included in the chemical mixture. So, Baking powder is actually a combination of baking soda plus another acid. Whereas, Baking soda is just pure sodium bicarbonate.
Whether it is “baking soda” or “baking powder”, these 2 names refer to the same product!
In addition, it is necessary to know that these designations are completely trivial.
Also, did you know?
You can substitute baking powder with baking soda. You will just need more baking soda(about three times more) and some acid like lemon juice. Though keep in mind that adding this amount of homemade baking powder may affect the taste of your recipes.