For years, my partner, a former pro hockey player and later a tennis coach, lamented about the lack of a natural electrolyte replacement drinks that he truly enjoyed.
He abhorred the commercially made offerings, too sweet and what was with those dyes? We found some at health food stores…but the price!
My own adventures in long distance walks (200 miles in 10 days, that’s far, right?) were full of days where water was just not enough to replenish what I had lost in tissue salts while slogging up and down hillsides in nasty weather.
Eight hours, four liters of water, clothes soaked with sweat…imagine the electrolytes lost!
We were looking for a drink that not only quenched our immediate thirst, but that also provided food for our cells. We wanted to push the water molecules we took in passed the tightly stretched, dehydrated barrier of the cell wall. Sometimes you can drink a river without actually hydrating. We wanted to make our own.
What are electrolytes anyway?