Homemade Gatorade: Sports Drink with Natural Ingredients

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Homemade gatorade can help replenish electrolytes in your body without artificial ingredients. Learn how to make your own homemade gatorade using this simple recipe.

Gatorade is one of the most popular sports drinks available around the world, and is easily recognizable by its bright colors. However, store-bought electrolyte drinks are filled with sugar, food dyes, and artificial flavors – none of which benefit our bodies. Skip the wasteful plastic bottle, and learn how to make your own electrolyte drink using this homemade gatorade recipe.

Why Drink (Homemade) Gatorade?

Electrolytes play an integral role in proper body function.
Electrolytes play an integral role in proper body function.
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Gatorade was created to quench thirst and replace electrolytes lost during exercise, and it was specifically made as a sports drink. It’s commonly consumed by athletes after intense physical exertion, though it can also be beneficial for anyone experiencing dehydration – whether that be from the stomach bug, too much time spent in the sun, or lack of liquid intake. 

Electrolytes are minerals in your body (like sodium, potassium, and magnesium) that help to:

  • balance the amount of water and pH levels 
  • move nutrients in, and waste out of the cells
  • maintain proper nerve, muscle, heart, and brain function

Gatorade has become synonymous with sports recovery, however it includes high levels of added sugars, and artificial food dyes (Red Dye 40, Blue Dye 1, and Yellow Dye 5) that have been linked with cancer. Homemade gatorade, on the other hand, allows you to quench your thirst and replenish electrolyte levels the natural way.

Homemade Gatorade Recipe

Fresh citrus juice help gives this homemade gatorade its color and flavor.
Fresh citrus juice help gives this homemade gatorade its color and flavor.
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Making homemade gatorade is really easy, and each of the added ingredients has a way of aiding your recovery. 

Water is absolutely crucial when it comes to restoring hydration levels, and drinking enough water in the first place can help you avoid the need for special drinks. 

Juice is a great way to start getting fluids back into your body, something that is so important when you’re dehydrated. This works in combination with the water, and gives a boost due to extra-healthy sugars and creates the bright color we’re used to seeing. 

The addition of baking soda helps to balance the body’s acidity levels, and can be an effective ergogenic aid when it comes to physical exertion/exercise. 

Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that contains important electrolytes like calcium and potassium, and salt is added for the sodium. Depending on the type of salt you use, you can benefit from other trace minerals like potassium, iron, and calcium. 

Homemade Gatorade Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice 
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 cups filtered water 
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup 
  • ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt 
  • 1 pinch baking soda 

Instructions: 

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend well. Alternatively, you can place all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake well. 
  2. Store in mason jars, or reusable glass bottles for up to 3 days in the fridge. 

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