Refuel with Homemade Electrolyte Drinks

Do you remember the first time you drank Gatorade?

I do! I was at a track and field meet. After the race, my coach passed me a bottle of Gatorade and told me to drink it to avoid feeling sick.

The neon color should have been enough to raise a red flag, but I drank it anyway. 5 minutes later I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. Sugar overload! I could feel the food coloring coursing through my veins.

Fast forward 13 years and I’ve been hitting a wall on my long runs which would generally require Gatorade. What is a girl to do?

Make her own electrolyte drink, yaaaaay!

My go to electrolyte drink has:

  • Ultima replenisher
    • Loaded with all 8 electrolytes, not just salt like Gatorade [check out their comparison chart]!
    • 0 sugar, so you wont get cramping or sugar spikes
    • Vegan + gluten free
  • Coconut water
    • Has the same electrolyte balance as human blood
    • Naturally packed with more potassium than a banana
    • I carry the packets with me when I’m on the go, but you can also crack open your own coconut and use fresh water!

I combine 1/4 teaspoon of each powder in my two 10oz. running bottles and I’m set.

I can’t believe what a difference electrolytes can do for my running pace!

If you can’t find Ultima replenisher at your local health food store or, want to try making your electrolyte drink from 100% whole foods, try some of these combos:

Plain and Simple

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt

Veggie Power

  • 1 cup vegetable juice
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
  • pinch stevia

Lemonade Twist

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt

For more information on Himalayan rock salt and why it’s far superior to table and sea salts; especially in an electrolyte drink, check out this post.

Happy running… and other things that make you sweat!

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  1. Yum! I make a similar homemade electrolyte drink with orange and lemon juice. It’s so simple and way better than conventional electrolyte drinks.

  2. I’ve sworn by Ultima since high school track almost 10 years ago, but I’ve always kept it pretty plain. I really like the addition of the coconut water powder and it’s something I’ll definitely be on the lookout for.


  3. I definitely plan on trying this stuff. I refuse to drink gatorade or put anything with artificial colors in my body, so far I’ve been using coconut water alone. Cant’ wait to try!

  4. I buy the blue monkey coconut water in small containers at Planet Organic but they’re so expensive! Thanks for sharing this….I can’t wait to try the powdered form.

    • The powder works out to be under $1 for the equivalent of a can, or a bit more in fact. I believe each packet makes 2 cups of coconut water! Enjoy :)

  5. Love this idea! How does it taste? I am picky about flavor when I am running. I can’t drink Gatorade even if I wanted to – too sweet and just makes me feel sick after 1 sip. need a very watered down drink!

    • The ultima stuff is amazing. I love the taste! Lemonade is my favorite flavor by far. It’s nothing at all like gatorade. It’s not overly sweet or fake tasting.

  6. Hey! got your comment about UDI’s .. no, I haven’t tried their bagels yet, but now that you said something, I am going to have to! :)

    p.s. that drink sounds great, bc Gatorade makes my stomach hurt…

    • I hope you love them as much as we do! I shed a tear the first time I tried them.

  7. I can’t get over the powdered coconut water! Where do you buy that? Great recipes, btw :)

  8. When i play tennis, I need something on the court with me during matches and tournaments. I always bring a coconut water and I found great electrolyte drops. They are so easy to use-just drop ’em in the water! I also take himalayan salt…only I take it in capsule form…I don’t really like salt water…