An increasing amount of parents are turning to homemade pediatric electrolyte drinks for their children, primarily for the benefits of staying hydrated and restoring energy levels by replacing electrolyte loss. It also works to treat diarrhea and vomiting, which is common for children when temperatures rise.
Although popular sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade and even VitaminWater contain electrolytes, they often are mixed with harmful chemicals, refined sugar, and dyes for an unhealthy drink that is disguised behind a large amount of electrolytes they contain. When temperatures rise during the summer months, it can be more crucial than ever to properly hydrate children when water will not suffice. Fortunately, there are several homemade recipes that taste just as good, if not better, than store-bought sports drinks and replace electrolytes at a higher rate.
Orange Electrolytes Drink
– 2 cups orange juice
– 1/2 cup lemon juice
– 1 cup coconut sugar
– 3/4 teapsoon salt
– 1 gallon tap water
Combine the orange juice, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and salt, concluding with the water and allowing the sugar and salt to dissolve. Serve chilled. The citrus juice contains ions and potassium, while the salt works to replace sodium that is lost throughout the day. Distilled, filtered water does not contain electrolytes, making it important to use tap water for a higher amount. Although many people may want to skip the added coconut sugar, it not only helps the taste of the recipe, but works to prevent sweating and dehydration.
For a fruity pediatric electrolytes drink that the kids will love, try mixing in natural fruits for a blended drink that is equally healthy as it is tasty.
Fruity Electrolytes Drink
– 2 peeled bananas
– 2 cups watermelon or strawberries
– 1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
– 1 cup water and ice
– 1 tsp sea salt
Mix in blender and serve immediately for a thick and creamy beverage than restores hydration and will boost energy with natural ingredients.
Although doctors recommend drinking an average of eight glasses of water each day, it simply is not enough to stay hydrated on days where scorching temperatures can reach 100 degrees. To stay healthy and prevent heat stroke, make it a habit to make these easy and simple recipes all summer long that your kids will love and prefer over sugary sodas and juice.