Home Brewed Hydration
Well, Fall is here and temperatures are dropping – for most of us. It's easy to forget to stay hydrated when we don't feel hot while running outdoors.
This simple, inexpensive and quick recipe for a home brewed electrolyte hydration beverage was sent to the runners by the loveliest nutritionist, who I met at the expo at the Anchorage Runfest in August.
Marie Sternquist is an experienced nutritionist who believes that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves, if we take care to put the right natural foods into them. I can roll with that!
To get right to the instructions and ingredients, scroll to the bottom and click the link.
With a history of GI issues with endurance running, I don't trust anything except water and my tried and trusted electrolyte capsules on the course. And beer. Beer doesn't upset me for some reason. But I don't have a recipe for that.
I always take some herbal tea with me when I travel so I already had those in my hotel room.
Quick, Easy and Inexpensive
You can brew this with any tea of your choice and I was able to do this in my hotel room with a few small purchases.
I learned a couple of things.
- Produce is expensive in Anchorage. Fortunately all I needed was a couple of limes, a lemon and some maple syrup. I nicked a few packets of salt from the breakfast room at the hotel (shhhh!)
- It's not that hard to make a decent beverage in your hotel room if you can boil water, run down the hall for ice and depending where you are staying, don't mind drinking from a paper cup.
You can also cut this quantity in half for a quick fix in a pinch.
I like to start hydrating the couple of days before a long race so I drank this the day before and the morning of my ultra. I was not prepared to carry water with me (I am lazy like that) but you could easily pour this into a sports bottle.
No added junk! No GI distress.
You just need
2 cups of freshly brewed herbal tea of your choice, lemon and lime juice, maple syrup and a dash of salt.
I am posting a link to the original recipe and instructions, rather than copying them out here. This is not my recipe and I don't want anyone quoting it as mine so you do have to click on the link HERE. Don't worry, it's quick and easy and the few ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive. If you're in a hurry, add more ice and less water.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite tea is in this mix.
And remember: Be awesome today. It's your job!