Long time no see! Sorry for my unexpected departure; the holidays, along with a death in the family, took more of a toll on my health than I expected. However, I am now getting back on my feet. I’m having less sick days and I’ve been able to resume my exercise routine. One of the things that have really helped me with this was my diagnosis of dysautonomia. I was already pretty sure I had it, as it often goes along with ehlers-danlos syndrome, but I was officially diagnosed recently after spectacularly failing the tilt table test and was put on some medicine to control my blood pressure. With my blood pressure dropping less and therefore my heart rate being better controlled it’s been much easier to get back into my workout routine, but I needed something to help me stay hydrated and keep my electrolyte levels up.
I came up with this recipe for a sports drink. I considered just drinking Gatorade, I have a weakness for any of the blue flavors, however I really didn’t want the cane sugar and dyes. Another great aspect about this is that with my dysautonomia I’m supposed to get high levels of sodium, and with making my own I can easily customize it to get exactly how much I need.
I drink this more as a concentrate, I add the levels of sodium I need for my condition and drink a single 8 fl oz glass, along with copious amounts of water. With this having such a larger quantity of electrolytes than traditional sports drinks I can still maintain a healthy amount of electrolytes, without having to drink large amounts of sugar or having to spend a lot of money on the ingredients.
This is a really delicious refreshing sports drink, if you like pineapple and coconut you should definitely give it a try! Even if you don’t typically like coconut water the pineapple and lime juice completely transforms it into a delicious mocktail, and who wouldn’t like that for their workout? ;)
If you give this a try please let me know, I’d love to hear from you!
- 1L, 33.8 fl oz, pure coconut water
- 46 fl oz 100% pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/2-1 TBSP sea salt*
- 1/2-1 TBSP baking soda*
- Combine all ingredients in a large container. Make sure the container has at least a couple cups worth of extra space, as the baking soda will react to the acid in the juices and cause it to temporarily fizz and expand.
- Chill overnight
- *One of the great things about making your own sports drink is that you can alter the sodium levels. I tend to go with a higher sodium level due to my health condition, dysautonomia, however if you want less sodium use the 1/2 measurements. If that's still too high feel free to only use 3/4 tsp of each.
- Using 1 TBSP of both salt and baking soda results in 969mg of sodium, 1/2 TBSP of each is 492mg, and if you only use 3/4 tsp it is 338mg.
- Serving: 8 fl oz
- Sodium: 969/492/338, potasium: 368mg, sugars: 23g
- Compaired to Gatorade: 591ML (about 20 fl oz), sodium: 250mg, potasium: 65mg, sugars: 35g
Disclaimer: I’m not recommending any medical advice, only stating what I am doing. Please consult your doctor about any medical decisions.