Updated: 01/14/2013 1:01 PM
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Lemon Electrolyte Drink
Your mom may have been on to something when she fed you chicken noodle soup when you were sick. Studies suggest that it could help your chances of beating that cold and flu bug.
(not for those under 1 year of age) to replace Gatorade/Electrolyte Drinks
- 1 quart of water
- juice of 2-3 lemons (it has to be fresh)
- 1/3 c. raw honey (do not give raw honey to children under the age of 1, and it has to be raw)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt (not table salt - but unrefined sea salt. I like Redmond’s RealSalt)
Warm about 1/2 c. of the water and place it in the bottom of a quart-sized Mason jar. Make sure it's not hot water, but warm enough to help the honey and sea salt dissolve. Mix the warm water with the honey and sea salt and until mostly dissolved, and then add the lemon juice and remaining water to fill the top of the jar. Mix thoroughly and there you go!
Here's why it's so easy and so effective:
The raw honey is naturally anti-microbial and great for infections. There may be a myriad of reasons for the dehydration, but in the case of illnesses, raw honey is perfect because of it's beneficial minerals and soothing properties. Also, the sugar content will help restore low blood sugar levels that are common after bouts of diarrhea or vomiting.
Real, freshly squeezed lemon juice is a natural thirst quencher and helps fight fatigue. It is also great for fever reduction and a natural source of vitamin C, a building block of healing.
And finally, the amazing power of sea salt is what gives this drink an extra punch and is what aids in replacing the lost trace minerals and electrolytes. Make sure that you are NOT using regular ol' table salt; which has been refined at high temperatures, is often bleached for uniform color, and contains almost no trace minerals. Sea salt contains all 92 of the vital trace minerals that our bodies need, so make sure to use pure, unrefined, high quality sea salt in order to make sure that you are truly replacing the minerals that are needed during re-hydration.