Make Your Own Electrolyte Drink

Electrolytes…  Most of us have heard that you need them, especially when you are sweating either from working in the sun, exercising, or just simply spending time in the heat! Electrolytes are an all-encompassing term for the variety of ions that your body needs such as sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate, and sulfate. It is easy for our bodies to use up these essential nutrients during these times, and we need to replace them to avoid dehydration. 

I feel like this post is especially important for farmers, as we’re more prone to heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Although, many people suffer from dehydration so this is an all around good remedy to know! Sipping on my homemade electrolyte drink during the day helps me tremendously with working on the farm and I want to share this approach with you, too. 

The good news is that you don’t have to guzzle Gatorade or drink coconut water to receive your hydration. You can make your own electrolyte drink, pretty easily, and even customize it with your favorite flavor combos. I’m going to share with you a simple recipe as well as my other favorite ingredients to try. But first, you need to know about salt sole.

Salt is essential for the body to help regulate fluids and improve hydration. A salt sole is essentially sale water. Having salt already dissolved in water makes the electrolytes more readily available to your system. The pinker the salt, the more cleansing it is. I like grey salt which has a more cooling effect and contains more magnesium. 

How to Make a Salt Sole?

Fill a glass jar with 1/3rd salt and the rest water. Wait one week. Some of the salt should have dissolved, so add a little more to bring the level back to 1/3rd. After one more day, your salt sole is ready! Simply scoop of the top to add to your electrolyte drink. 

Simple Electrolyte Drink 

Fill a glass (I like quart mason jars that you can cap and take with you throughout the day) with filtered water. Add ½ squeeze of lemon or lime and a splash of your salt sole. That’s it- the simplest! The sole should be added to taste, but you can start with a ½ - 1 teaspoon.

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To make this drink quite a bit taster, you can add herbs and fruit! Try simply adding a sprig of mint and some berries to the above recipe (such as the photo above). 

The berries are used for that touch of sweetness to help balance out the properties of sour and salty. 

Berries and fruit I like to add are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or cherries. You can really add any fruit, or a small bit of honey or maple syrup as a light sweetener. I find that the taste of the fruit does not come through in the drink as much, but they are an added bonus during my last several sips!

Adding herbs are a great way to get more tastier flavor and added benefits of minerals as well as cooling or warming qualities. I usually brew a tea the night before and then chill it in the refrigerator. To make my electrolyte drink, I simply add the salt, lemon, and berries to the tea. 

My favorite cooling tea blend is mint and nettles. Also, lemon balm and hibiscus are both very refreshing. Hibiscus has the added benefit that it’s high in vitamin C! If you feel you need to bring more warmth into your system, you can try ginger and cinnamon. Really, any tea would be fine. Just note which ones feel and taste best to you and your body.

So, I encourage you, to try different blends of teas and fruit! A lime is a bit more cooling than a lemon, so you can experiment with these, too.

With all the unique combinations, your electrolyte drink can be fun and interesting day to day. These drinks are really so tasty and you’ll love sipping on it during the hot summer. My hope is that you can empower yourself to stay hydrated, take good care, and listen to your body.

 

All the Best,

Katie

How to Support Yourself During the California Fires

It is a devastating new reality to be consistently experiencing the effects of the fires that have been erupting in California.

My heart goes out to those families who’ve had to evacuate and to those who’ve lost everything. Words cannot even express how devastating this feels.

A lot of us have been enduring smoked fill skies, and noticing adverse health effects. Headaches, nausea, dry skin, cough, runny nose, etc. I’m personally experiencing several of these symptoms right now, and if you are too, you’ll want to read on.

I felt inspired to share my personal self care methods for times like these. These are some simple, easy, and supportive things we can do to help our bodies in dealing with the smoke.

  1. Wearing a Mask.

    This is huge. If you choose to do nothing else, but one thing- this needs to be it! Think about it… You’re not just inhaling tree smoke, but you’re inhaling all the various chemicals from buildings, cars, homes, factories, etc etc burning down. Those white N95 ones will protect your lungs and you can find boxes of them at hardware stores.

  2. Hydrate

    Smoke is so, so drying and your body is working on detoxifying it all. So drink plenty of water throughout the day and TEA!

  3. Tea

    My favorite herbs to steep for a respiratory tea are Grindelia/Gum Plant, Yerba Santa, and Tulsi. Mullein is also a good one. Marshmallow Root is amazing as well, but you have to make a decoction of that first (Boil, then simmer water with the root in it until the liquid is reduced by at least half) and add a splash of that to tea. Drink as much of this tea as you can per day. If these loose herbs are hard to get a hold of, Yogi Teas makes a nice respiratory blend with many of these same herbs in it!

    Other herbs that are supportive for their mineral content and moving toxins out of the body are Nettles, Horsetail, and Milky Oats.

  4. Immune Support

    Again, your body is detoxifying a lot of crap from the smoke so you want to support yourself as though you’re clearing an illness. My favorite immune support herbs are Echinacea and Elderberry. I also like making a tea with Hibiscus which is naturally very high in Vitamin C.

  5. Magnesium

    You are probably depleted, so taking a supplement of this is key!

  6. Limit Sugar and Alcohol

    I’ll repeat it again… your body is detoxifying right now. That takes a ton of effort and theres no reason we need to be putting more toxins into our bodies at this time.

  7. Skin Care

    Dry brushing… something I’ve recently been getting into, is excellent for stimulating your lymphatic system which is helping your body to move toxins out.

    Salt Baths are wonderful for nourishing your skin and putting the minerals back in.

    Moisturize! This smoke is so drying and it’s a good idea after every shower to moisturize your whole body. Sometimes I’ll use pure coconut oil for this. Any natural oil, shea butter, or salve is great.

  8. Sinus Oil and Steams

    If you’re having issues with your sinuses, you can give them some reprieve with a sinus oil. I love mine from an herbalist which is tulsi infused olive oil mixed with essential oils of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus. Rubbing this inside my nostrils is the best thing! You can also make a steam. Bring a pot of water to a boil over the stove and add one or more of these same herbs- Eucalyptus, peppermint (or anything in the mint family), and lavender. Put a towel over your head and place your face right over the pot and inhale the steam!

    Additionally, if you have a diffuser, I really recommend the Breath essential oil blend from DoTerra.

I hope this helps! Stay safe, hydrated, and moisturized. Lots of love.

May the rain come soon!!

Blessings,

Katie