Most “Sports Drinks” on the market are loaded with sugar, dyes & preservatives. It is an excellent idea to replenish your electrolytes and other minerals to neutralize the lactic and other acids and toxins that will be released during strenuous exercise. However, you don’t want to undo all the good of your workout with overloading your body with crap afterwards!
Here is my recipe for an awesome all natural after workout sports drink with stuff you mostly have on hand already.
2 – 4 oz Concord Grape Juice (If you suffer with High Blood Sugar stick to 2 ounces if like me you are prone to low blood sugar go with 4)
2 – 4 oz Pure Water (If you are prone to high blood sugar go with 4 ounces and 2 ounces if low blood sugar)
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 – 2 Teaspoon of Chlorophyll (2 if you have high blood sugar and 1 if you have low)
Don’t get legalistic about your natural sports drink! Here are some things to keep in mind about what is in it and why.
If you don’t happen to have the Chlorophyll on hand (at least not yet) you can do without it. The chlorophyll is about helping you detoxify and cleanse the toxins thrown off by exercising. It also is excellent for circulation and cardiovascular health. Not to mention it is almost chemically identical to your body’s blood except it has magnesium at its center instead of iron.
You can alternate any other fruit juice with any other fairly sweet juice you have on hand. No matter what you use… Try to make it is clean & natural as possible. It is about replenishing your body with natural sugars following your workout. The concord grape is my preferred because it is also very nourishing for the blood. If fact, Dr. Bernard Jensen one of the world’s most pronounced Naturopaths said in one of his books… “Drinking concord grape juice and raw egg is the closest thing to a nutritional blood transfusion as one can get”.
Now here’s the deal about the blood sugar issue. Both water & green drinks of any kind will make the body flush sugars naturally. In fact this is why the body will naturally be thirsty all of the time when someone has diabetes. It is the body’s innate wisdom to try and correct itself. Obviously when someone is prone to high blood sugars they should limit the amount of sugars they take in but not ALL SUGARS are created equally. You will often hear me say when working with anyone with high sugars… You DID NOT get diabetes from eating too many carrots, apples or beets!