Sports Drinks

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Commercial sports drinks like Gatorade are full of sugar and other non permissible ingredients. It is important to keep electrolytes balanced. When engaging in activity, it is important to replace the fluids and salts lost in sweat. The salts are commonly referred to as electrolytes.

The solution is to drink E-lyte or ELETE. These are drinks with electrolytes and nothing else. They are sold as concentrates. For example, a 20 ounce bottle of E-lyte will make 2.5 gallons of finished drink (that is 40 - 8 ounce drinks). Electrolytes can also be added to soups or stews. Electrolytes are absorbed into the body very fast to quickly replenish and re-balance the body. Sodium, potassium and magnesium are the primary ingredients in electrolyte drinks.

Marilyn posted - You can make your own electrolyte drink with the SCD home recipe. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a quart of boiled water. Add about a cup of Knudsen's permissible juice in it. If you don't have fruit juice on hand, you can also use 2 tablespoons of honey. Most folks do better with the fruit juices. (Warning -- honey and baking soda will fizz when mixed and this is not a problem). This mixture should be kept as cold as possible and discarded after 24 hours.

Fitday.com (http://www.fitday.com) posted some recipes for some make your own electrolyte replenishment drinks. All start with a teaspoon of salt and a quart of water. Here are some of their flavor thoughts that would be allowed on SCD:

  • Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of lime juice and the juice from one orange.
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon and blend in a banana (or two for a thick one). All bananas should be ripe. Ripe means that the skin is well speckled with brown and there is no green on the skin.

They also posted a recipe for a quick glass full: In a glass add the juice of a lemon, the juice form an orange, a squirt of honey, four shakes of salt, fill the glass with water (unspecified but it is probably a 12 ounce glass), stir up and drink it down.

Homemade sports drinks are best if used the same day.

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