Today, I am here to share with you a total lifesaver of a recipe. Pardon the over-information, but earlier this week my body was attacked and fell victim to a vicious stomach virus. After the worst was over, I was pretty intensely dehydrated and everything from my mother's wisdom to the health gods of Pinterest told me I needed to replenish my electrolytes.
But I was alone in my house, snow was still on the ground outside, and I could barely stand for more than a few minutes at a time, so there was no chance of me leaving the house for fancy electrolyte water. And quite frankly many electrolyte beverages are packed with sugar and chemicals, which was not going to do my poor tum any favors.
I did however have some citrus, Icelandic Sea Salt, and honey on hand, so I (very slowly) whipped up my own homemade, healthy electrolyte beverage.
The first time around I used what I had on hand: limes, honey, and Icelandic Sea Salt. But you can use any citrus you want, forego the honey, and use Himalayan or Sea Salt instead of Icelandic. Just make sure you use one of those salts and not an iodized table salt. The Himalayan, Sea, and Icelandic salts are much richer in nutrients your body needs when it's in a state of dehydration.
Since I'm still on the mend, I'm making another batch today with lemon and ginger, so here is what you will need for the Lemon Gingerade version:
6 cups water
Fresh Ginger Root (as much or as little as you want)
1/4 Teaspoon Icelandic Sea Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Honey (Optional, I left it out of this round)
First, get your water boiling.
While that's going, rinse your lemons and ginger.
Yep, I took the same picture twice.
Slice your lemons.
Remove the seeds.
Slice up your ginger. You can peel the ginger if you can be bothered, I obviously, could not.
Once your water is boiling, squeeze your lemon slices into the boiling water and drop the slices into the bubbling cauldron.
Dump in your ginger as well. Give it a stir and let it brew for up to 30 mins.
After 30 mins, remove from heat and stir in your Icelandic Sea Salt and honey. Mix it in until the honey is dissolved completely and the sea salt is mostly dissolved.
Icelandic Sea Salt is often black because the whole island is essentially a volcano. So if you drink this, you are basically The Mother of Dragons.
Let it sit until you can safely ladle/pour the hole brew (lemons and ginger too) into a glass container and stick it into the fridge and cool completely.
Once your beverage is nice and cold, pour yourself a glass and sip away!
Whether you're recovering from a nasty stomach bug or you've just sweat it out in the gym, this healthy electrolyte pack Lemon Gingerade will keep your body in balance and put you back on the path to hydration without loading you down with sugar and chemical nonsense without all that sugary nonsense.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rehydrate.