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5 Natural Sports Drink Alternatives You Can Make at Home

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5 Natural Sports Drink Alternatives You Can Make at Home

Think you need artificially colored and flavored sports drinks to fuel your workout? Try some of these natural sports drink alternatives instead!

The first thing that you have to ask yourself is whether you really even need a sports drink. I researched a piece for How Stuff Works on the origins of sports drinks, and one thing I discovered is that a lot of folks are drinking these beverages that don’t really need them. If you’re working out for less than 45 minutes, chances are you aren’t losing enough electrolytes to need all of that sugar and salt (unless it’s very hot out). Plain old water is often the best drink for post-workout recovery, but when you’re working out longer or in extreme heat, why buy a processed bottle of artificial ingredients when you can make your own natural sports drink alternatives instead?

Related Reading: 10 Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

A couple of weeks ago I started a half-marathon training program, and it’s been fun to work towards distance running again. I love hitting the road and seeing how far I can push myself. What I don’t love quite as much is how deeply thirsty I get on my long runs. It feels like I can’t drink enough water, and that’s where sports drinks have their place.

Related Reading: Distance Running: Meditation in Motion

The idea behind sports drinks is basically to replace what you’ve lost through sweat in an intense workout. That means they include a combination of fluids, sugar, salt and electrolytes. There are lots of ways that you can get those things in a drink, and I’ve found some yummy and creative recipes, including one that I developed myself.

Next time you’re planning an endurance workout, try one of these natural sports drink alternatives!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:54PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

The written piece is truly fruitful for me personally; continue posting these types of articles.

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8:43AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Chapped lips is a serious symptom of dehydration and should not be covered with a lip balm.

11:01AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

I want them ALL. :o)

7:10AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

yes, coconut and melon is the best and if you're hungry drink mango juice!

8:20PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Great recipes, will be using them this winter here in MN, some very cold days here!

2:48AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Awesome. Unfortunately I didn't see coconut water in any store I've been.

9:22PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013


6:36AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Some of these have great ingredients that will rehydrate, but ensure that there is salt included in your recipe as your body needs it to rebalance the electrolytes.

2:12AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you :)

6:44PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013


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