How to Replenish Your Electrolytes Naturally

It’s the flu season and this year’s flu is NASTY. Fevers are high and people are sweating through their sheets. If you or a loved one is currently feeling like crud, read this before rushing to your friendly neighborhood market to pick up some electrolyte-filled sport drink.

So here’s the breakdown:

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Sucrose syrup and glucose-fructose syrup are both fancy-schmancy words for processed (aka chemically processed) and refined sugar. Or, as I like to say, they’re a chemical shiz storm and cause a huge sugar dump in your bloodstream that causes the pancreas to release loads of insulin… with an end effect of a roller-coaster for your body’s sugar reserves. Not that great when you’re already sick and trying to reestablish homeostasis.

According to Food Babe, bromiated vegetable oil is added to some of the flavors to keep the beverage from getting cloudy and to aid suspension of the artificial flavor. For those of you who aren’t aware of what bromiated veggie oil is, here’s a nice little breakdown:

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Thankfully, last year Pepsi Co said that it was moving toward removing it from their drinks. Unfortunately, Coca-Cola also uses this oil in many of their drinks, including certain flavors of Powerade.

So, now that I’ve rocked your world, what are some things that you can do to replace electrolytes naturally? (And, let’s face it, Gatorade is spendy… these are way more economical.)

  • Coconut water. This stuff is amazing. And full of electrolytes. I vote to go for the real stuff and really like C2O. There are no natural sweeteners and it’s just refreshing. If you don’t like the flavor of coconut water, try Coco Water. It’s my go-to when I don’t want to cart around cans with me or when I’m traveling. They also have naturally flavored selections, like pineapple and pomegranate raspberry. It’s not as good as fresh from a coconut or even from a can, but it’ll do in a pinch.  (For the Portland-area peeps, they sell it at my favorite store – New Seasons.)
  • Himalayan Pink Salt. This stuff is full of essential minerals. Add a pinch to a glass of water and drink it.
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Touted as a miracle vinegar by many, it really is (IMHO). Add a small amount (about a teaspoon) into water and drink it.
  • This tea. ½ tsp Himylian Pink Salt, fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice to taste (I freeze mine in ice cube trays and then transfer to a freezer bag so I have them for when I’m sick and too icky-feeling to squeeze anything) and 1 tsp honey. Stir with hot water and drink.
  • Kombucha. If you can stand it – it’s not for everyone. But I love it and making it isn’t all that hard (there’s a post coming very soon about that one).
  • And, finally, bone broth. Drink it. In copious quantities. Not only will you restore your electrolytes, but your body will get necessary fat and protein to help fight the nasty colony of bugs that are trying to take over your body. I always have some stored in my freezer for “just in case”.

I hope whoever reads this finds some reprieve in this nasty cold and flu season – here’s to your health!

Please note: I am not a doctor. Please do not disregard doctor’s orders due to something you read on the internet. If you are seriously ill, please consult a doctor immediately.