Refuel with Homemade Electrolyte Drinks

Do you remember the first time you drank Gatorade?


I do! I was at a track and field meet. After the race, my coach passed me a bottle of Gatorade and told me to drink it to avoid feeling sick.


The neon color should have been enough to raise a red flag, but I drank it anyway. 5 minutes later I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. Sugar overload! I could feel the food coloring coursing through my veins.


Fast forward 13 years and I've been hitting a wall on my long runs which would generally require Gatorade. What is a girl to do?


Make her own electrolyte drink, yaaaaay!



My go to electrolyte drink has:

  • Ultima replenisher
    • Loaded with all 8 electrolytes, not just salt like Gatorade [check out their comparison chart]!
    • 0 sugar, so you wont get cramping or sugar spikes
    • Vegan + gluten free
  • Coconut water
    • Has the same electrolyte balance as human blood
    • Naturally packed with more potassium than a banana
    • I carry the packets with me when I'm on the go, but you can also crack open your own coconut and use fresh water!

I combine 1/4 tsp of each powder in my two 10oz. running bottles and I'm set.
I can't believe what a difference electrolytes can do for my running pace!


If you can't find Ultima replenisherat your local health food store or, want to try making your electrolyte drink from 100% whole foods, try some of these combos:

Plain and Simple

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt

Veggie Power

  • 1 cup vegetable juice
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • pinch stevia

Lemonade Twist

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt

For more information on Himalayan rock salt and why it's far superior to table and sea salts; especially in an electrolyte drink, check out this post.


Happy running... and other things that make you sweat!

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