6 Healthier Alternatives to Sports Drinks

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Sports drinks may be tempting to reach for especially after a workout, but there are much healthier alternatives to help you refuel.

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Better than Gatorade🤫⚡️⚡️✨: how to make your own healthy sports drinks👌 Sugar and neon artificial-colored sports drink isn’t exactly the healthiest way to supplement a sweat session. You do need a way to replenish electrolytes, though. Electrolytes are like the power lines of our body—they conduct electrical signals that maintain fluid levels, acid-base balance, and muscle function. When you lose water through sweat, as you know, out go the electrolytes, too. And one way to replenish? Make your own healthy drinks, which is super easy😀. You want your recipe to include water, sugar, salt, and a source of potassium like orange juice 🥤 . A simpler formula of water, maple syrup (a good source of potassium), and salt, will do the trick, too. Here is my favorite drink with ginger!👍🏻🤩 Electrolyte Sports Drink 1/2 liter of ginger water (recipe below) 1 liter of water Juice of 3 small lemons 🍋 1/2 tsp. sea salt (you can add a bit more if you’d like) Stevia to taste Ginger Water: 1 medium-sized ginger root 1 liter of water Liquid Stevia, to taste Cut ginger into large coins and place into a large pot. Add water. Bring water to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let steep until cool. Add liquid stevia to taste and store in airtight container in the fridge. Mix all ingredients together, chill, and enjoy!💋

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Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk has enough proteins to make it count as a great post-workout drink. It’s filled with calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium as well.

Orange Juice

Pick sugar-free orange juice that’s high in antioxidants and has electrolytes just like sports drinks.

Coconut Water

Coconut water will provide you with potassium, natural sugar, and hydrate you.

Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherry juice is an awesome solution if you need something to reduce pain in your muscles after a workout.

Homemade Sports Drink

Make your own healthy version of sports drink at home by mixing coconut water, honey, sea salt, and a little lemon into your regular water.

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Water

Last but not least, water should be your most common choice for a workout drink. It’s pure hydration and there’s nothing your body needs more.