Citrus Electrolyte Drink
Goodness gracious there has been a lot of sickness around lately! Nasty flus, covid, tummy bugs, and common colds. I do wonder if after the recent years of lock down, isolation, and social distancing our immune systems took a break and are not working as efficiently as they should be (perhaps a story for another day). The good news is this winter has also provided an abundant citrus season and I have a wonderful citrus electrolyte recipe you can make if you or the kids get struck down with sickness.An electrolyte drink is a great way to rehydrate and replenish your body, especially when you have a fever from flu or stomach bug. Electrolytes are basically salts – specifically the ions in salt. Research explains that electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.The major electrolytes in the body include: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulphate.
- 1 cup coconut water or water
- 1 orange, freshly squeezed
- 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
- 1 lime, freshly squeezed
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp good quality salt
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed, about 30 seconds.
- You can also make the drink by simply adding all ingredients to a glass jar, securing the lid and shaking well.
If you don't have all three types of citrus, you can indeed make it with just lemons, limes, or oranges. Grapefruit is also delicious!