Remember that this homemade isotonic drink will help replenish minerals and other elements that your body loses when you make physical effort.
What are sports drinks?
Sports drinks are a combination of water, minerals and glucose are taken during exercise in order to replace all these elements we lose through sweat and effort.
The word isotonic (iso=equal) refers to this drink is to maintain a similar ratio between its components which are in our body.
Why are important sports drinks?
If we practice sport, it is vital to maintain good hydration, because through sweat can lose between 500 ml and several liters of water, which would lead to dehydration.
Keep in mind that along with water also lose a number of electrolytes that are necessary for the proper functioning and performance of the muscles (including the heart muscle).
Sports drinks also provide us with glucose, or what is the same: fast fuel that does not need to be digested and can be exploited almost instantly.
When taking isotonic drinks?
Well, that will depend on several factors…
- In principle, with a natural light or moderate activity not exceeding one hour, such as a yoga class or ballroom dancing or a walk, they would not be necessary … unless the activity is performed in a hot environment and profuse sweating is.
- Conversely, if the physical activity we practice is intense and / or lasts more than an hour (e.g. spinning, body pump or a football game) we will need to replace a lot of water and minerals, as with the high-intensity exercise our body temperature rises and generate more sweat than usual.
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How to prepare an isotonic drink at home?
Any recipe for isotonic drink will be 5 basic elements: mineral water, salt, baking soda, sugar and fruit juice, which I recommend whenever natural for us to benefit from their properties and not just the taste.
With these ingredients, we will replenish fluids, glucose, sodium, chlorine, iodine and potassium, and other minerals in smaller scale.
The basic recipe is…
- A liter of water.
- 2 lemons or oranges.
- Sugar: 3 tablespoons.
- Salt: ½ tsp.
- Baking Soda: ½ tsp.
Did you know…?
Ideally, get into the habit of going sipping and steadily as if we expect to be thirsty, your body is telling us that dehydration has already begun.