Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and phosphate are our bodies forms of energy and fuel. In times of dehydration, excessive heat, heavy sweating and intense exercise, our bodies can get depleted of these natural energy sources causing weakness and fatigue. This simple drink recipe will refuel you in a healthy way, while cooling excessive heat in the body and keeping your system hydrated.
Taking this drink each day is a great way to keep the Pitta (fire) balanced, naturally flush toxins from the system, and give the digestion a much needed boost. For the extra hot months or times of extreme dehydration and depletion, try adding cucumber slices, some aloe juice, or a splash of raw coconut water.
Hydrating Electrolyte Water Recipe
- Doshic Effect: Vata↓, Pitta ↓, Kapha ↓ (best for Pitta)
- Gluten Free
- Makes: 4 cups
- Prep Time: 5 to 20 minutes
- Quart size ball jar or something similar
- Knife and cutting board
- 4 cups of water
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 2 to 3 teaspoons maple syrup
- Pinch of mineral salt, pink Himalayan salt, or sea salt
- 10 to 15 fresh mint leaves (optional)
1. Fill a quart size glass jar with room temperature water.
2. Add the fresh squeezed lime juice, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
3. Cut up the fresh mint leaves (if used) in small pieces and add to the drink mixture.
4. Let the mint leaves (if used) steep for at least 15 minutes.
5. Cover the jar with an air tight lid and shake several times to disperse the ingredients evenly.
6. Strain the mint leaves (if used) out and serve.
7. Electrolyte water is great during times of excessive heat, high Pitta, heavy sweating, dehydration, low energy, muscle weakness, and illness.
8. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Health tip: Ayurveda always recommends to drink liquids at room temperature or warmer; iced beverages are never recommended, even in the summer!