DIY Electrolyte Drink

DIY Electrolyte Drink. backpacking food ideas, keto backpacking

During long, intensive hikes, we lose a lot of water and essential electrolytes due to increased body temperature and sweating. Electrolytes play an important role in the functioning of our bodies, for example, they participate in muscular contractions and fluid exchange and regulate our heartbeat. The main electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

The deficit of electrolytes can lead to such unpleasant consequences as headaches, weakness, nausea, dizziness, and muscle cramps. To feel good again, it’s necessary to refill the supply of necessary micronutrients in the body. There are a few ways to do it:

  • Start taking supplementary potassium, calcium, and magnesium. However, it’s always best to consult a doctor and conduct necessary medical tests first. The thing is, an excess of minerals is as dangerous as their deficit. Besides, not all the supplements featuring magnesium, potassium, and calcium are ingested well.
  • Adding ready-made electrolyte powder mixes to water and sports drinks. Unfortunately, this is not the best option either. First of all, they are rather expensive. Second of all, they contain a lot of sugar or, what’s worse, artificial sweeteners such as maltodextrin, dextrose, or aspartame.
  • Finally, the easiest and the cheapest way to maintain the balance of salt and minerals is drinking enough water and eating food rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It is also possible to make your own electrolyte drink, which is rather easy.

To make an electrolyte drink on the trail, you will need a few simple and affordable ingredients, such as sea salt or Himalayan salt, lemon juice or citric acid, sweetener, and essential mineral-rich fruit or vegetable powder (spinach, kale, strawberry, beets or celery).

I prefer spinach powder because of its rich green colour and the highest content of the minerals we are looking for. One litre of a Spinach Electrolyte Drink contains 68% of the recommended daily intake of potassium, 52% of the daily intake of magnesium, and 48% of the daily intake of iron. By the way, it’s also rather delicious and can compete with the store-bought products.

DIY Electrolyte Drink (1 litre)

You’ll need:
4 tbsp spinach powder
1 tsp Himalayan salt
3 tsp erythritol or sweetener you like
1/4 tsp citric acid

At home:
Combine all the ingredients in a small zip-lock bag.

On the trail:
Pour the dry electrolyte drink mix into a bottle. Add 1 litre of drinking water. Close the bottle and shake it well until all the ingredients are fully dispersed.

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6 Comments

  1. Kyle on August 9, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Great idea, definitely gonna experiment with making my own electrolyte mixes now!

    Isn’t that too much salt though? For that measurement on my salt container, that would be 2400mg. Maybe you have a different salt brand, but from my research and comparison to other brands, I’m going to aim for 1000mg which is just under 1/2 tsp (2.5g on my scale).

    • Tanya Krezevska on August 10, 2023 at 10:41 am

      Sure! You can use 1/2 tsp per 1L.

  2. Anonymous on March 4, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Is that recipe for 1 day?

    • Tanya Krezevska on March 4, 2023 at 12:27 pm

      This is for 1 litre of water

  3. Anonymous on January 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    I have a year to plan for a hike.
    My main concern is I have battled with severe food and chemical allergies and am going to have to make my own trail mixes and foods.
    Thanks for the ideas.

    • Tanya Krezevska on January 5, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      You are always welcome!

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