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Natural Pedialyte/Gatorade Electrolyte Drink Alternative

The other night I woke up in a haze, tongue shriveled up, stumbling in the dark with only one thought: I’m thirsty! You know the feeling: when you’re parched from the effects of a stomach flu, a high-intensity workout, or too much alcohol (hello New Year’s Eve!) wishing you had an electrolyte-replenishing drink like Pedialyte or Gatorade without all the artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.

I created this comforting refreshment for those days when I’m needing extra hydration to bring me back to life; it’s also kid-friendly with its low sugar content and tropical tastiness. 

The base is coconut water (make sure that you grab a variety with no added sugar), which contains over twice as much potassium as the average energy drink, and is packed with antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. 

The second ingredient is Himalayan pink salt, which replenishes the same 84 trace minerals found in the human body that are lost when we sweat. A study in the Southeast Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public health showed that drinking sodium-enhanced coconut water was as effective at rehydrating as a commercial sports drink; in addition, it caused less nausea and stomach upset. So, in other words, it puts those flashy blue and red concoctions to shame. 

The third and last ingredient is acerola cherry powder. This one is optional, but I love the extra immune-boosting, whole food-derived vitamin C, subtle tanginess, and pale pink color it imparts to the drink. 

Natural Pedialyte/Gatorade Electrolyte Drink Alternative
  1. 2 cups coconut water
  2. 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt or sea salt
  3. 1/2 tsp acerola cherry powder
  1. Pour two cups of coconut water into large jar or blender, add 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp acerola cherry powder. Close jar and shake vigorously or blend until ingredients are well combined. Serve.

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