What Are Some Drinks That Replace Electrolytes?

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade and Powerade, are formulated to replace some of the electrolytes lost during exercise. It's also possible to replace electrolytes with coconut water or with homemade sports drinks.

Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade include ingredients that replace electrolytes. They also help athletes retain fluid when exercising to prevent dehydration and the further loss of electrolytes.

Pure coconut water naturally contains potassium and five other essential electrolytes. Unlike sports drinks, pure coconut water doesn't contain added sugar and fat.

Drinking natural fruit juices is another method for replenishing lost electrolytes. Apple and orange juice are especially beneficial, as is lemon juice mixed in water.

Emergen-C is a powdered dietary supplement designed to replenish vitamins. However, the resultant drink also includes electrolytes. Emergen-C also makes an Electro Mix with more electrolytes and that's free of sugar.

There are different recipes for making an electrolyte-replenishing drink at home. One calls for mixing 4 cups water with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup each honey and lemon juice and 1/2 cup each dark cherry juice and orange juice. The water needs boiling to dissolve the honey and sugar.

Another recipe calls for dissolving 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 7 cups of water before adding 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/4 cup honey.