HealthSwap store-bought for homemade. The overlooked benefits of DIY isotonic drinks

Swap store-bought for homemade. The overlooked benefits of DIY isotonic drinks

Isotonic hydrates better than water.
Isotonic hydrates better than water.
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9:33 PM EST, January 15, 2024

Isotonic drinks are fluids enriched with molecules - such as salts and sugars - in concentrations that match those found in our bodily fluids.

This similarity allows isotonic drinks to quickly replenish fluids and lost electrolytes, especially after rigorous physical exertion.

Ingredients in isotonic drinks often include sodium, potassium, magnesium, and carbohydrates, which are crucial in maintaining energy and electrolyte balance in our bodies.

Benefits of homemade isotonic drinks over store-bought options

Store-bought isotonic drinks, while convenient, often contain unnecessary additives such as artificial colors, preservatives, and an overload of simple sugars.

A homemade isotonic drink offers more control over the quality and composition of ingredients used, allowing you to give your body exactly what it needs.

How to make a homemade isotonic drink

To concoct your own isotonic drink, you will need:

- 1 quart of water,

- Juice from two lemons,

- 2 tablespoons of honey,

- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.

Blend all the ingredients until the honey and salt dissolve. Your homemade isotonic drink is now ready to be enjoyed!

The importance of hydration for human body

Keeping your body hydrated is a crucial part of good health.

Water is vital for our body's well-being, it's vital for functions like nutrient transport, removal of metabolic products, thermoregulation, and maintaining blood pressure levels.

Signs of dehydration include potential visual issues (skin deterioration, loss of skin elasticity, sunken eyes, bloated belly) alongside health problems (fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, diminished physical performance, mood alterations, dry mouth and throat, dehydration of tongue and reduced urination).

Ignoring these signs by not hydrating appropriately—with water, isotonic drinks, and, in severe cases, oral rehydration preparations available at pharmacies—can result in increased heart rate, reduced arterial pressure, and, later, neurological disorders. Therefore, staying properly hydrated is fundamental for overall good health!

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