As my children get older, they’re more involved in sports and play hard on the playground. When they come to me sweating, bright eyed, smiling, and rosy cheeked and thirsty I give them some homemade Gatorade. Water is good, and it’s what we normally drink with meals, but when exercising sometimes you want something more.
When you’re drinking to rehydrate, some salt and trace minerals as present in these ingredients helps your body to absorb the water well. Also, when you’re drinking to rehydrate, it’s best not to use commercial sports drinks due to the food dye and corn syrup.
Obligatory disclaimer: I am a mom, not a medical professional. Ask your doctor before changing your eating, drinking, or exercise habits.
I first made this rehydration drink as I was super pregnant with my September baby, Hannah, 7 years ago. I used it to keep hydrated in the hot days of summer, and froze it in a water bottle do drink slushy during labor and after birth. I’ve heard it called ‘labor-aid’ as well :)
And now I’m making it for my children. I mix it up in a mason jar and just add a tablespoon or two to each water bottle of filtered water.
Homemade Rehydration Drink Recipe
- 1 cup lemon juice (approx 6-8 lemons)
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (purchase raw honey here)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (purchase unrefined salt here)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Place in a pint mason jar and stir to combine (the lemon juice and baking soda will react, so stir it down), keep concentrate in the fridge. This can be added to 1 gallon of filtered water, or add 1-2 tablespoons to each 8 ounces (1 cup) of water.
(I like these water bottles for my 4 and 6 year olds, they don’t have all the valves and straws that are hard to clean in the toddler versions but aren’t as big as the adult’s)