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Water is Not Enough: WHY TO SALT YOUR WATER! And an Electrolyte Drink Recipe

Megan Drinks, Health & Nutrition, Whole Food Recipes 11 Comments

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Sea salt is required by our bodies for optimum health.  While we can add it to our food, should we also be adding it to our water?  After exercise, the answer is, Yes.

Called Hyponatremia, the Weston A. Price Foundation informs us,

Studies have confirmed the importance of a balance of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. When the body loses electrolytes in perspiration or when suffering diarrhea, serious consequences ensue. Likewise, when we drink only water after exercise, the usual electrolyte balance is not restored and “water intoxication” or hyponatremia occurs…If you are thirsty for water—plain or sparkling—be sure to add a pinch of salt to it. Otherwise the body simply gets rid of the water as fast as possible so as not to further dilute low salt levels. If you are using unrefined salt, you will be taking in small amounts of magnesium, and even calcium and potassium, as well.

Interestingly enough, soft drinks, while being an unhealthy mix of ingredients, do provide sodium.  This one quality makes them beneficial to rehydrate the body after a sweaty workout.

But we needn’t consume the rest of soda’s pejorative ingredients to get the one thing we’re after!

Fermented beverages provide sodium; kombucha, lacto-fermented sodas and beet kvass are all beet kvass with sea saltgreat examples of good ways to hydrate.  We often make an electrolyte beverage for my daughter who dances: filtered water, Celtic sea salt, fresh minced ginger and apple cider vinegar- easy and helpful.

Here’s the link to my Beet Kvass recipe.

Here’s our Electrolyte Drink recipe:

  1. Place the following ingredients into a water bottle:
    • 3 cups filtered water, preferably warm or room temperature
    • 1-2 T. local raw honey, to taste, preferably warm or room temperature, or 10 drops NuNaturals brand stevia
    • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp. Celtic sea salt
  2. Put the lid on and shake it vigorously to dissolve the honey.
  3. Add the following optional ingredients, as desired:
    • 1 T. chia seeds (shake immediately if you use these, to prevent clumping)
    • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne (I like it this way; but it’s too spicy for most kids)

why to salt your water

Or if you’d like a quick and easy solution, these liquid minerals are excellent. Often as we’re headed out the door to my son’s soccer or basketball practice we put a generous squirt into his water bottle.

  • emilysv

    That makes a lot of sense. I’m going to start making sure my husband gets some in his water when he’s working out.

  • This is great – i definitely feel the need to replenish like this after strenuous work.

  • Yay, great. 🙂

  • Me too, I needed this reminder myself. 🙂

  • I have beet kvass in the fridge. You’ve inspired me to drink more of it!

  • How We Flourish

    Makes sense. I know I don’t get enough salt/electrolytes in my diet. Thanks for sharing!

  • Interesting! Well, I’ll give it a shot!

  • Raine Saunders

    Great recipe Megan, looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing! I love homemade electrolyte drinks!

    One of the things I do daily now, as recommended by the practitioner I’m consulting with for the iodine protocol I’m using is to take salt in capsules daily. She believes that we absorb the minerals more effectively in capsules than any other form of salt consumption. One thing I will say about this is that if you haven’t ever done it, starting out very slow is key. The first few times I did this I felt very sick to my stomach. Apparently, the way to go is to put a small amount of salt in a capsule, such as about 1/4 full, and work your way up. My practitioner says that if you feel ill when taking salt, working up slowly is important and that we all need those minerals in the salt for detox, and usually more than we think we do.

    For halide detox, Himalayan salt is very important. I am now on a regular dose of 3 capsules of salt on an empty stomach in the a.m. and when I remember to take it at night before bed, 3 more. I took a break on my iodine protocol when we went on our family vacation recently, so I’m getting back to that this week! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Wow, Raine! Thank you for sharing!! I haven’t heard of this! I’m glad you’ve connected with such a helpful practitioner!

  • Allie

    Thank you for this! So timely, as I have recently started working out a lot more regularly since I now have my energy back thanks to iodine! This is perfect!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay for iodine and for you having your energy back! 🙂 You’re welcome. 🙂