DIY Sports DrinkPosted on July 19th, 2012 No comments
Thanks to Bryan Wells for the lovely graphic
As spoken prior:
Three days of 95+ heat, three days of 8-12 hours working with no AC in a small windowless room. I am close to collapse from the heat, and all my joints and muscles are giving me cramps. I know I need food, it is so hot, but I really want something other than cold soups, cold cuts, and ice cream.
When working in this type of environment hydration therapy is KEY to avoiding heat related illness, but as a former boss of mine discovered, water does NOT contain all the necessary items to avoid these illnesses. Various companies have made large amounts of money in providing garishly colored drinks that provide some salt and a hideous amount of sugar. Perhaps we can do a little better than that.
Quan Meas Ingredient Comment 1/4 Cup Sugar Brown or turbino 1/4 Cup Orange Juice Fresh Squeezed 1/4 Cup Hot water Hot enough to melt the sugar 1/4 TSP Salt Basic Table Salt 2 TSP Lemon Juice Again, Fresh Squeezed 1 TSP Food Coloring Optional
- Dissolve the salt and sugar in the hot water
- Move to a quart container and add the citrus juices
- Add cold water to make one quart (~ 3 cups)
- Lid up and shake to combine
I have make this with honey rather than brown sugar for a more natural sweet.. And for those who just do not fell right without consuming things of an unnatural hue, one can add food coloring to make the glowing shade desired.