Homemade Sports Drink
When exercising in the summer, it is important to stay hydrated. Adequate fluid is necessary to maintain body temperature control, helping to prevent heat stroke and improving sport performance. Fluid replacement is a special concern for children as they have a lower sweating capacity and tolerate temperature extremes less efficiently than adults.
Sweat contains both water and electrolytes (e.g. sodium and potassium) which need to be replaced. For each pound lost during exercise (try weighing yourself before and after) you should consume 2 cups of cool liquid. While water and a snack after exercise are often enough, many of us reach for sports drinks which can contain undesirable ingredients such as artificial flavours and high fructose corn syrup. Luckily, you can make your own version at home. Try the following recipe as a base and modify as you like. Enjoy!
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sugar/maple syrup OR 2 tsp honey
1 c apple juice (or preferred juice)
3 c water
lemon juice to taste (to reduce the sweetness)