Homemade Sports Drinks with Coconut Water

CoCos_464x467pxRecently we’ve become aware of the dangers of many popular sports drinks. Here are these drinks promising good health and rejuvenation from workouts and races. First, there are the artificial colors, guaranteed to be bad for you and maybe even cancer-causing. One of the top brands still contains BVO (brominated vegetable oil) which is patented as a flame retardant. Then there is the sugar, disguised by various names. Is it needed to replenish your body? While sugar gives you quick energy during exercise, it doesn’t help replenish after you are finished. Unsweetened coconut water, full of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes (potassium and sodium) is definitely superior.

Homemade Sports Drinks Are Easy to Make

Making your own tasty sports drinks is easier than you might think. Just mix, pour into a portable bottle, cool in the frig and you’re ready to go. Below are some great recipes, adapted from Heather from her blog, Mommypotamus.com to include coconut water.

1.Orange Twist Sports Drink

  • 3-4 cups coconut water (depending on the concentration you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2-3 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt or real salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • a few drops of Concentrace minerals drops (optional)

It’s best to have freshly squeezed juice but frozen juice can be substituted. If you make the drink in batches it should keep in the frig for a week.  Heather says we are all deficient in trace minerals so she adds them to all unheated food and drinks.

2. Lemon Sports Drink

3. Herbal Cooler

We would love to hear from others who make their own sports drinks. Please let us know and we will be sure to share with other readers.

Benefits of Coconut Water for Sports

p1120526We know coconut water is chock full of vitamins and minerals, but did you know how beneficial it is for extreme exercise such as the top athletes practice? Here is a testimonial of a sports figure who swears by coconut water to not only get him through the most grueling workouts but also for recovery after sports matches.

What exactly is coconut water?  It is the juice from a young green coconut.  If you were to open this type of coconut you would find it full of liquid.  You could also spoon out the coconut pulp which will soon turn into the coconut meat.  It’s the consistency of pudding and just as delicious.  The clear coconut water should not be confused with coconut meat or coconut oil.  It has more potassium than 3 bananas, low in calories, fat and cholesterol.

Here’s what tennis star, John Isner had to say about using coconut water after his 11-hour marathon Wimbledon win.  “It is super hydrating and has kept me going in long matches and prevented me from cramping even in the hottest and most humid conditions,” Isner says.  He mixed it with protein powder for his post-match recovery.

A number of studies have found that while coconut water is adequate for recreational athletes, professional athletes and those who sweat excessively need still more carbohydrates and sodium, and it is necessary for these athletes to supplement coconut water by adding more salt and eating snacks such as raisins or pretzels.  Even John Isner drank coconut water with added salt the night before his matches.

Another benefit of coconut water is that it causes less nausea, bloating or stomach upsets for athletes who are under extreme pressure to preform.  It is easier to digest than the usual sports drinks. I can attest to this remedy as I once found myself suffering from stomach upset in a third world country without good medical care nearby. Coconut water was what got me through it.

Remember that not all brands of coconut water are created equal.  Be sure to find one that is processed with little or no heat and does not contain additives or sugar.  Also, coconut trees can be sprayed just as any other crop, so search for one that is organic.  CocosPure meets all of these criteria, so why not try it today and taste the difference?  Better yet, take some with you next time you hit the gym or the trail.