Sports drinks delay fatigue and enhance performance by preventing a fall in blood sugar and minimising the effects of dehydration. But how healthy are the popular drinks that are so readily available in every gym or shop? Well, they definitely are suuuuper sweet. They are also super well- marketed and let’s face it : high in calories and in fructose corn syrup as well some of them are glowing neon colours. Add to that all the lovely weird chemicals you find on the ingredients label. Tempting, but… NO THANKS.
Because of certain companies marketing efforts, we’ve been led to think that we all need that special drink to recover from our workout but the truth is, most people who recreationally spend an hour in the gym, who are well hydrated and eat healthily, do have a good balance of electrolytes and shouldn’t really worry much about it.
Hold on… Electro what??? To cut a potentially really long answer short this is what you need to know : basically, in your body there is calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen phosphate (a mineral) and hydrogen carbonate (a salt.) These electrolytes are vital for survival. They regulate our hydration, determine blood pressure, the pH of our blood. They also regulate how our muscles work! Too little electrolytes and our muscles become weak and over contract. So if you sweat profusely whilst training for a race, or you are running a marathon, hiking or climbing for hours or generally having a heavy workout resulting in sweating a lot – this is when a sports drink can come in handy. But PLEASE – instead of drinking that sticky neon glowing liquid, make your own sports drink. It’s easy, quick, and naturally refreshing.
HERE IS MY BEAUTIFUL VEGAN FITNESS ANGEL SPORTS DRINK RECIPE that provides you with that perfect blend of water, glycogen and electrolytes.
1 cup or 250 ml of raw coconut water ( try Unoco Raw)
1 cup or 250 ml of fresh fruit juice : To make it simple , use freshly squeezed Orange or Grapefruit. I like to make things a bit more complicated so I mix few fruit together and add some ginger too 🙂
2 cups or 500ml of filtered or mineral water
About 1/8th tea spoon of sea salt or Himalayan Pink Salt ( I use Revolution Foods Pink Himalayan Salt)
Shake all the ingredients well or blend in your NutriBullet and enjoy your workout ! This will be waiting for you when you are done, and your body will thank you 🙂 <3