Homemade Electrolyte Water!

Yesterday, my little angel came down with a bug.  She’s approaching 11 months and to date, had not been sick.  I was very startled when she began what would be an entire day of vomiting.  I called my husband who calmed me, and the pediatrician who gave me more of a fright.  What I realized in that moment was that I was officially a mother, and even more of a revelation, completely equipped and capable of nurturing my daughter.  I needn’t fear anything because I had all the tools I needed: my instinct, the internet, my kitchen, and modern medicine if I ABSOLUTELY needed it!

NoPedialyteWhat I remember most about throwing up when I was a kid, was just how dehydrated you become.  My instinct (and past experience) was telling me that my daughter was losing so many nutrients from her body, and I would need to help her replenish safely and quickly.  I immediately thought, “Pedialyte!”  But cringed at the thought of giving my daughter a drink doused in chemical food coloring and artificial flavoring.  It was in that instance that I remembered that natural mamas  heal naturally!  I ran to the internet to research a homemade version of the stuff, which is essentially electrolyte water. Electrolyte water basically replenishes the body of the nutrients and minerals lost after exercising, vomiting, and in general, dehydration.  So anyone, babies, children, and adults can all benefit from drinking it!

I was so happy with all the information available on Google.  There were several versions of the stuff, and I had exactly what I needed in my kitchen to make it happen.

Here is my Electrolyte Water recipe:

1 quart of water

2 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar (for it’s nutrient content and low glycemic index)

1/2 teaspoon of pink himalayan salt (because it’s totally unrefined)

Some recipes called for baking soda, sea salt, lemon, agave, and even juice.  I chose the combination I did because I felt these ingredients were the most natural and what I had on hand at the time.  You could get extremely creative with your recipe (especially if you are keen on taste or dealing with a picky child) by making an electrolyte juice or even freeze pops!  And, if you’re not allergic to tree nuts (including coconut), then coconut water is also a perfect option!

Needless to say, the electrolyte water I made for my daughter was not the best tasting creation, but she did manage to drink it and it did exactly what it was supposed to!  I would definitely recommend talking to your child’s pediatrician before giving her anything she wouldn’t normally eat/drink, but don’t be afraid to arm yourself with natural alternatives to modern medicine!  Often times, it is totally unnecessary and even harmful to spend the extra bucks on artificial/commercial products when you have all you need right in your own kitchen!

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