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Home made sports drink

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by GrandpasArms, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. GrandpasArms

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    Yeah, it's hot outside. I've been using this simple formula to quench my thirst and ease the symptoms of dehydration.

    My recipe for a homemade sports drink: 1 to 2 tablespoons of local honey, an ounce of lemon or lime juice, half teaspoon of sea salt. Mix and add water/ice to make one quart (or a liter). Tastes fine, works well , and it is very affordable - compared to the commercial alternatives.

    Larry
     
  2. Leo

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    Do you have to mix it hot to make the honey mix in properly?
     
  3. sliverbulletexpress

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    What kind of honey, clover or comb? I only eat comb honey myself, also most honey you buy in stores is not real if you read the label.
     
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    I add the honey and lemon juice to a one liter bottle. Add a cup or so of tepid/warm water and swish to mix. I add the salt and fill the bottle with ice and water. After capping, normal agitation dissolves everything. Actually, honey is soluble or miscible with water. It takes longer when the water is ice cold.

    I use local honey, from my own bees - when possible. I also buy from farms who have their own hives. There is one that grows large amounts of flowers. They have numerous hives and their honey is excellent. I think the key is using something from local hives. I would not used any processed or pasteurized honey. Filtered is fine for me.

    Use a good sea salt, too. It contains multiple minerals, not just NaCl.
     
  5. cubancigar2000

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    I add Himalayian sea salt to my gator ade to re hydrate when out on fires. I love the Himalayian pink sea salt and it will absolutely bring a steak alive
     
  6. Mark425

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    What our guys fighting in the desert mix is:

    10-20% regular V-8 with 80-90% water. Supposed to be the best thing to keep you going in the heat. Our military says that while sweet stuff (sugar, fake sugar, etc.) tastes good, its the last thing you need. Reduces your water absorption.

    Your recipe sounds darn tasty though.
     
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    I like a homemade vanilla shake made with good ice cream and real vanilla. And a little wheat germ and a raw egg and then a shot of Scotch to spice it up. After lunch I'm ready for a little sport.
     
  8. Unknown1

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    Sports drinks are intended for people who are exercising VIGOROUSLY and not for people who are merely sweating. The sugar in a sports drink improves the taste and acts a fuel during VIGOROUS EXERCISE but...

    In people who are not burning lots of calories quickly, the sugar simply metabolizes and produces body heat. Body heat induces sweating.

    The body cools itself by having the sweat evaporate from the skin surface. Sweat that remains on the skin or drips off does not cool you; it merely carries away the electrolytes you need for your body to absorb and process water (hydrate) in the first place.

    A trap shooter who is burning very few calories but who is standing in the sun is better served by drinking water and replacing electrolytes... Low-Sodium V-8 cut 4-1 with water does that very well as mentioned above. (5 oz = 90 mg. sodium) Cut the "regular sodium" V-8 (5 oz = 350 mg sodium) 5-1 or 6-1. The body functions quite well on 250-400 mg. sodium intake/day; the average American takes in 10-15 TIMES that much.

    There are also electrolyte powders available than can be mixed with water but they're aimed at people who are losing massive amounts of water due to illness; they can be easily over-used and they taste like g├╝bre.

    If you feel you MUST have a sports drink, make a sugarless one from a pint of water, 3 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh is better than the pasteurized bottled stuff) and a pinch of salt. Flavor it with a little sugarless drink powder.

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  9. senior smoke

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    Larry:
    Here is my thirst quencher in hot weather. A glass of gin, ice, and three olives.
    Steve Balistreri
     
  10. cubancigar2000

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    Thats a good drink steve as long as it is Bombay Saphire
     
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    Ginger Water - Hay Makers Brew - ETC-
    Back in days gone by down on the farm when the weather was hot and the hay had to be brought in this was the drink we all drank.

    3/4 Tablespoon ground ginger; 7 oz sugar; 3 oz cider vineger; 7 1/2 cups water.

    ctreay
     
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    cubancigar2000:
    I never tasted Bombay Saphire, I will look for it next time I am at the beer depot.
    Steve
     
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    Why not just buy Gatorade or the low cal version G-2?
     
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    Steve, Your going to have to look on the other side of the tracks to find that stuff from CC2000!!! LOL. Break-em all. Jeff
     
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    <blockquote>"Why not just buy Gatorade or the low cal version G-2?"</blockquote>...and spend that much for slightly salty artificially-flavored water dosed with sugar or chemical sweeteners?

    MK
     
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    "...and spend that much for slightly salty artificially-flavored water dosed with sugar or chemical sweeteners?"

    .88 cents??? That's what the 32 ounce Gatorades and Powerades cost at Wal Mart. You probably have more than that in ingredients for the whole made stuff. Just say'n....................
     
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    Or you could try this, buy it in the powder form and mix it up.
     
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    <blockquote>".88 cents??? ...You probably have more than that in ingredients for the whole made stuff. "</blockquote>It doesn't... it costs about 1/3 the price of a quart of Gator-Ade, but that's not my point.

    But hey... if you like the stuff, buy it. At least the royalty money from the purchase goes to a good American college that makes good use of it.

    MK
     
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    I prefer a twist of lemon with my Bombay rather than olives.
     
  20. W.P.T.

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    I buy Gatorade when its on sale, 20 for $10 or $.50 a piece (32 Oz.) at the local food stores or Wally World ... I usually cut them in half because I don't want all of the sugar, freeze one of the halfs then top it off with water when going out to a shoot or what ever and it will stay nice and cold for a long time ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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