Maple water…you may have heard of it. It’s starting to become all the rage – perhaps it will even be the next billion dollar sports drink on the market. I tried a sample recently at my local Whole Foods and it was so tasty but way too pricey. I was also quite impressed with the manganese content (a mineral I happen to know that most people are deficient in). It got me to thinking about how I could make my own version, but better and more affordable.
Since I’m the ‘Mineral Queen,’ or rather it’s my job to know about all things minerals since I work with clients through the use of hair tissue mineral analysis to re-mineralize the body, my mind went wild with the possibilities of maple water recipes.
The first thing you should know is that your body tissues are about 72% water and 28% trace minerals. Therefore, the two most important things you can consume daily are water and minerals.
The best source of all trace minerals is good quality sea salt. The most ionic way to get that into the body is through the use of a simple recipe called sole. I’ve come to see over the past couple years that a large percentage of people are actually sodium deficient (as well as low in many other macro and micro minerals). Salt provides all 76 ionizing minerals we need for life and function.
So, here’s where I’m going with this…maple syrup is actually an excellent way to get some minerals into the body (read more here and here). My thought in light of this was, why not make an electrolyte drink that is both salty and sweet that anyone could make easily at home instead of those crappy electrolyte sports drinks loaded with garbage ingredients and food dyes?
The thing to know about maple syrup is that unfortunately, it can contain glyphosate, a toxic herbicide, therefore, sourcing your maple syrup is important. I now buy mine when it’s on sale at Tropical Traditions because they make the effort to test for glyphosate.
Maple syrup is also a good source of monosaccharide the simplest form of easy to absorb carbohydrate. It is carried quickly to the blood stream where it can be used immediately for energy or stored. Typically speaking, when someone needs a hydrating electrolyte drink, it’s because they need to replace lost energy (minerals/sugars).
So, I created a super simple electrolyte-rich drink to stay hydrated this summer – this is also a great replacement for store-bought drinks as they are typically full of artificial ingredients. I hope you will give my natural version a try instead.
- 1½ cups spring water
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. organic dark maple syrup
- 2 tsp. sole, or ½ tsp. of Himalayan pink or Celtic sea salt
- ¼ tsp. (or less) powdered ginger or grated fresh ginger with the juice pressed out
- ¼ tsp. Camu Camu powder
- Mix all the ingredients with a spoon in a tall glass until combined. Add ice cubes, if desired. Makes two small servings. I usually always make a quadruple batch in a 2-quart mason jar.
This electrolyte drink is also great for anyone suffering from adrenal exhaustion, which usually indicates that an individual has low sodium and potassium levels. Consuming adequate sodium and potassium through food will be important since when the adrenals are weak the body has a harder time holding on to these two minerals.
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