After I read this, I decided that I am off sports drinks. I thought that little gnomes were putting extra special stuff in these drinks to make me run faster and jump higher. If I knew it was this easy, then I would have been doing it on my own!
What next? Coca Cola's secret formula is really muddy water?
Make Your Own Sports Drink
By Jason Fitzpatrick, 4:00 PM on Sun Mar 15 2009, 34,181 views
Sports drinks are an easy way to replace fluid and electrolytes lost exercise, but what if Brawndo isn't what you crave? Ditch the dyes and high fructose corn syrup by making your own.
Photo by zzeller.
At the medical blog WebMD, they have a DIY formula for making a rehydration drink to administer to a person sick with the flu or other dehydrating illness. The formula is roughly the same as any sports drink however, the goal is to get fluid, glucose, and electrolytes into your system.
Measure all ingredients precisely. Small variations can make the drink less effective or even harmful. Mix the following:
* 1 quart (950 mL) water
* ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
* ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) table salt
* ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) salt substitute (potassium-based), such as Lite Salt or Morton Salt Substitute
* 2 tablespoons (30 g) sugar
You can tweak the amount of sugar you want to include and add your own flavors, avoiding artificial dyes and preservatives in the process. If you have your own sport-related hacks, sounds off in the comments below. Thanks Oranges w/Cheese!
Rehydration Drinks [WebMD]