FOOD

HOW TO CHOOSE A SPORTS DRINK

Summer is full on and any outdoor activity is a great way to have fun and stay fit. When it’s warm, your body perspires more to help you cool down. Our bodies are amazing – we sweat to thermoregulate ourselves. Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect so we don’t get a heatseizure!

Depending on the temperature, humidity, and the nature of your activity, you might not even realize how much you are perspiring. It’s super important to stay hydrated and not rely on thirst alone to tell you how much you need to drink. To avoid fatigue, it’s extremely important to drink plenty of liquids before, during, and after the activity. 

  


Water?

 

Water usually does the trick but a good sports drink will provide carbohydrates for energy plus minerals to replace lost electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium in your sweat. When you sweat you lose electrolytes, so you need to replace them. Electrolytes are nutrient particles (minerals) that the body needs to maintain proper function. 


Sports drinks?

 

A no-go. Most sports drinks contain too much sodium (salt) and carbohydrates (sugar) that cause thirst and require you to drink more water. A majority of sports drinks also contain artificial flavour and colouring agents. Don’t see why you need these in your body?!



Luckily it’s easy to make your own electrolyte drink at home. 

 

It’s as good for your fitness workout as it is refreshing to sip throughout the day. This drink is basically water that contains high amounts of electrolytes. You find in such drinks lemon juice, coconut water, orange juice, a bit of honey, salt. It easily dissolves in the body and delivers water to the bloodstream much quicker than conventional plain water. 

 

 

Lemon and mint electrolyte drink (1 l)

 

2 lemons

2 cm ginger root

10 mint leaves

2tbsp honey or maple syrup

1/4 tsp salt

900ml water

Cut the skin from whole lemons and cut the lemons into smaller chunks. 

Peel the ginger root carefully not to waste too much, and chop it into small pieces. 

Put all the ingredients into a blender with half a cup of water and blend well. When it’s a smooth puree, add rest of the water and blend thoroughly.

Now you can strain it for a finer drink or leave in the pulp for a little texture.

Enjoy with a few cubes of ice for a post workout or a refreshing terrace drink!