When you’re hot, you’re HOT!

Homemade Electrolyte Drink no website

1/2 teaspoon good quality salt

2-3 heaping Tablespoons honey (depending on how sweet you want it)

juice of 2 limes

1 quart room temperature pure drinking water

Add the salt and honey to the water. Mix well. I like using the handle of a wooden spoon or a chop stick.

Add the lime juice. Mix again. Refrigerate (or serve over ice).

Is it hot where you are?

Like sweat-buckets-walking-to-the-car hot? Or maybe you’re in a dry environment and you can’t even tell you’re perspiring. If you spend time exercising or even just going about your day in weather like this, you may need to take special care to replenish. I’ve never been a fan of Gatorade, mostly because I have a fear of drinking anything that looks like radiator fluid and I think drinking a bottle of this stuff while sitting on a couch in a cool room is about as healthy as drinking a soda. But if you ARE sweating (glowing, perspiring…) you’re losing things other than water. You’re losing vital sodium and other electrolytes.

Believe it or not, it’s possible to drink too much water. It can lead to something called over-hydration or Hyponatremia, too low blood sodium level. For most of us in our day-to-day activities, it’s not really a huge risk, but there have been cases where individuals have suffered fatigue, muscle cramping, confusion, even death. Not too many years ago I heard a story of a hiker out on Santa Cruz Island who suffered a tragic end. He was in great shape, had plenty of water, and went out for a long day hike with friends. He never made it back to the main land.
I don’t want to scare you. You get lots of salts and electrolytes (aka minerals) in all the healthy food you eat! Most days, that’s probably enough. If you are planning a big adventure on a hot day you want to be extra prepared. Be sure to bring salty food like nuts, seaweed, or jerky. Coconut water is also a natural source of electrolytes. So pack some of that if its available.
I hope you enjoy this alternative recipe. I make it here on the island when we’re spending our day adventuring. We’re also lucky enough to have local honey with all the nutritional benefits of it! If you can get your hands on local honey too, all the better.
I want you to have an amazing summer. Stay healthy and hydrated and electrolyted!
Coconut Kisses!