Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Electrolyte Water



We all know that electrolyte sports drinks are very popular.  They are found in most vending machines and are quick and convenient.  But many of us don't think about how they are full of high-fructose corn syrup and dyes.  These harsh things on the body make me not want to drink these sports drinks, despite their containing good electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, and potassium.  

But aren't there just electrolyte waters that you can buy?  What about them?  Another reason why I don't do store bought drinks, even electrolyte enhanced water is because they always come in plastic bottles, which can contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals.  I know there is debate on this, but in my book, I would rather be safe than sorry!  So I drink out of stainless steel and glass as much as possible.  My kids take Life Factory water bottles, which come in fun kids colors, to school for their lunches and love them.

Another reason I don't drink out of plastic is because I love making my own drinks, like this electrolyte water, with essential oils.  And essential oils can break down chemicals in the plastic, especially if they are quality pure oils.  And since I know I use high quality oils, I don't want to have a bunch of leaking, melting plastic cups on my hands! :)

We use this drink whenever our kids are sick, for when we have felt de-hydrated, after workouts, and just whenever we feel like it because it makes us feel so good!  Our kids need extra help in the hydration department because kids from trauma are prone to inflammation and dehydration- so this recipe gets frequent use in our home.

It's important to use a high quality sea salt for this because that is where we get these amazing electrolytes and trace minerals that our body craves.

From the Celtic Sea Salt(R) site:  "Sea water contains minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, plus many trace elements such as iron, zinc, and manganese. The human body uses the many minerals and trace elements in sea salt to create electrolytes, maintaining the “internal ocean” which is vital to the proper functioning of every system in the body."

Healthy Electrolyte Water with sea salt:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 Tbsp local raw honey
  • 3/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt(R)**
  • Lemon, Lime, or any other citrus juice to taste
  • 2-3 drops of Young Living essential oil, my fav combos:
    • Grapefruit & Lemon
    • Lemon & Lime
    • Tangerine & Orange
    • All the citrus oils help to support the bodies ability to detox, too*!
**Celtic Sea Salt (R) is more nutrient dense and salty-tasting than other salts, so you may increase to 1 full teaspoon if using another brand

Method:

  • Heat the water, salt and honey on low heat in a pot on low, stirring frequently.  This is just to incorporate the honey and dissolve the salt and should only take 2-3 minutes.  Be careful to not over-heat!
  • Add desired essential oils, stir, and pour into a glass or stainless steel container and enjoy!  (remember, no plastic straws!)





*All recipes using essential oils on this blog are specific to Young Living essential oils only.  I cannot give recommendations and suggestions on any oils but Young Living's essential oils.  The statements made on this blog about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Anyone pregnant, nursing, or suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.  If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.  It's always good to do your own research.  I have done mine for my family and we chose to incorporate YL essential oils into our lives.  If you are wanting to follow and do the same, please visit here for more information. 

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