Headaches and Heat

Sports Drinks

So, it’s likely not as hot in my home as it is in yours, but Seattle is a fairly temperate place all of the time and we’ve been having a “heat wave”, for us, anyway. My house is still 74 degrees and it’s 6 AM. I know, most of you are likely laughing right now but our day-time highs have been near to or dipping into the low 90’s here, and as a population, we generally start to “feel the heat” by 80 degrees. Why? Part of it is that we just don’t get many days over 80 degrees and when they’re strung together without any cloud layer, well, it can cause some mild dehydration and anxiety. Also, very few people have air conditioning here – I don’t.

Last night, I started with a headache and not feeling well. I didn’t think much about it. We’ve been pretty busy this summer but when I woke up this morning, I realized – I’m likely a bit dehydrated. Rather than grabbing some more water which I’ve been drinking religiously – that’s basically all I drink; I made something to replace my electrolytes which may have dipped a bit low with all of the sweating. I found this recipe online at Mother Nature Network in an article written by Kimi Harris entitled “A Simple Homemade Electrolyte Drink” and this is my fist time using it but I’m already feeling a little better. I am planning to serve some to my kids for breakfast today as well.

Super Simple Electrolyte Drink
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups of filtered water
2 – 4 tablespoons raw honey, to taste
1/8 teaspoon unrefined salt (to taste)

In a blender, blend all of the ingredients together until the honey or sugar is dissolved. Taste test and adjust as needed. Enjoy.

If you are struggling with the heat or perhaps an extra-strenuous workout, give it a try. I promise it’s much better for your body than the commercially produced sports drinks on the market. You know who I’m talking about. 🙂

Share your comments if you give it a try. I would love to hear from you!