Make Your Own Sports Drink

May 4, 2004

Generic Blue Sports DrinkThis is an easy to make alternative to some of the name brand sports drinks. If you are exercising for more than 30 minutes you may benefit from a fluid-replacement sports drink.


Mix the ingredients with enough water to equal 1 gallon. Store in the fridge. If this solution is too sweet, add extra water to the solution. The salt in this drink will give the electrolytes you need for a long work out.

An even easier recipe: 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt.

General Tips: Drink 1 to 2 cups of fluid 30 minutes before you exercise and 1/2 to 1 cup of fluid every 15 minutes of exercise.

Money Saving Tip: For mild workouts or short workouts water will provide sufficient hydration and save you money. Having said that, a better tasting beverage may encourage you to drink more liquids which is important when working out for any duration.

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December 7, 2006

I am looking for a high energy drink that I can make in my blender every morning with things in my home. I know all about exercise and eating the right foods, but I need some energy to get me started.


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August 14, 2004

I am looking for a MYO recipe for something like Gatorade. It is so expensive and I would like to make my own.



By Kathy (Guest Post)
August 14, 20040 found this helpful
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Actually, if you buy it in powdered form, it's half price. Even better, I once figured out that I could buy it in powdered form at our local BJ's (like Sam's Club) and get it for 1/4 the price, but they don't have every flavor.


Or you could just drink free water. At the time, I was drinking Gatorade because I needed all the calories I could get after abdominal surgery.

By Anne H. (Guest Post)
August 15, 20040 found this helpful
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This recipe was posted a while back...

Make Your Own Sports Drink

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November 3, 2009

I believe on the Dr. Oz show today he said to make this drink use: Agave Nectar - 1 tbsp., sea salt - 1/2 tsp., a bit of baking soda - 1/4 tsp., and good water - 4 cups. Is this correct? What portions?

By Charlotte from Calgary, AB CANADA


November 4, 20090 found this helpful
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Dr Oz just put it up on his site:

Maximize your workout and prevent dehydration with this electrolyte recipe:


1 liter of water
1/2 tsp of baking soda


2 tablespoons of agave nectar
1/2 tablespoon of sea salt

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July 2, 2005

I am looking for a recipe for making a sugar-free electrolyte sports drink.


July 2, 20050 found this helpful
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You can use the sugar free Kool-Aid or Crystal Light and just add 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of salt substitute (salt has sodium and salt substitute has potassium).

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September 9, 2004

We are doing a school project and we have to make our own sports drink. Can anyone help us out? Does anyone have any recipes?

Josh & Danny


By Beth M (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

A friend took her 13 year old daughter to the Dr. for some strange symptoms she was having. The first thing he told her to do was to stop drinking sports drinks such as Gatorade, etc. It is very hard on the liver, causes abnormal blood tests & takes a long time to get out of the system.


He said the only people who need them are people who train 8 hrs per day. The average athlete just needs water & fruit juice. You might check with your Dr. about it. It looks like you're doing the right thing by looking for a recipe with natural ingredients.

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