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Save money and make your own ‘sports’ drink

Darralee Coba
Vail CO, Colorado

So you are out in search of that elusive 4-point bull elk. Up before dawn after a late night and maybe a few drinks.

You had a little coffee and a donut as you left camp. It’s 1 p.m. You have walked maybe 5 miles. It is either too hot or too cold (isn’t that always the way when you’re hunting). You feel a little dizzy, your vision might be a little blurry, your head is starting to ache. You just don’t feel too good.

You could need water and electrolytes.



Even at home or work, hydration is important. Especially out in “the wild” it can be critical and affect brain function, physical performance, hypo or hyperthermia.

Don’t forget to take water, or a “sports” drink with you.



With all the sports drinks out there today, probably everyone knows they need water and electrolytes, but maybe they don’t know why. Here’s some information from http://www.about.com:

Electrolytes have an electrical charge from molecules (ions) of some minerals. Believe it or not but our nervous system, which runs our muscles, breathing, thinking and so on, runs on electricity.

Electrolytes regulate the fluid in our body.



Minerals that are electrolyte related are potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and chloride.

We get those minerals from healthy foods; fruit, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas), nuts and meat. Table and sea salt have both sodium and chloride.

Sweating and not drinking deplete our body of important hydration.

So much for the lesson. You can create your own sports drink to suit your tastes.

Here are some recipes to make your own, less expensive “sports drink”:

Low Carb (less sugar) Sports Drink

Two tablespoons of lemon juice contains pretty much the same amount of potassium as in 8 ounces of a typical sports drink. Making your own is easy, mix together:

1 cup (8 oz) water (not carbonated)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

small pinch of salt

Flavoring and sweetener to taste

Flavoring suggestions:

Crystal Light Drink Mix

Unsweetened Kool Aid (with sugar substitute to taste)

Sugar-free Flavored Syrups such as Da Vinci or Torino

1 Quart of Basic Sports Drink

1 quart (32 oz) or 1 liter water

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon table or sea salt

Flavoring to taste – orange juice, lemon juice, etc.

Keep refrigerated.

Make-It-Yourself Powdered Sports Drink Mix

9 tablespoons sugar

3/8 teaspoon regular or sea salt

1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid or other drink mix.

Mix dry.

Portion 1/3 of the mixture into each of three zip lock bags.

To reconstitute, add contents of 1 bag to a 20-oz. sports bottle. Fill halfway with water, mix, and fill with water, mix again.


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