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When it’s hot out, when we work out, work hard, have fun being active, we sweat. When we sweat we expel toxins through our skin, this is an important metabolic process and should be a part of everyday life. Breaking a sweat is sufficient in opening internal pathways that allow for proper metabolic function and detoxification. An Ayurvedic Electrolyte Drink is one way to rehydrate!
If you are an active person, like to play hard, exercise, do team sports or spend hours in the gym or train for a specific sports event, you may be pushing past the point of breaking a sweat. This is when you have to be sure to stay properly hydrated.
While breaking a sweat on a daily basis is healthy and beneficial, prolonged sweating can drain us of electrolytes and important minerals.
You may also lose valuable minerals through your sweat that need to be replenished.
There are many electrolyte drinks, tabs and supplements on the market that all act to replenish minerals and often have sugar, artificial colouring and artificial sweeteners in them.
You shouldn’t have to trade your healthy nutrition to keep your cells hydrated. Here is a recipe for an electrolyte drink that is good for you, refreshing and tastes delicious.
Holy Basil Ayurvedic Electrolyte Drink
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
Strong tea made with Tulsi leaves (alternatively Basil)
Raw cane sugar, Maple Syrup or Raw Honey (Chose the sweetener right for your Dosha)
Small pinch finely ground black pepper
How to make:
Use the Tulsi leaves to make a strong tea. Let it cool to room temperature or put in fridge to cool it down faster. Add the lime, salt, sweetener of choice, and a small pinch of black pepper. If you like you can steep a few peppermint leaves with the Tulsi tea for an extra fresh tang.
What’s with the weird ingredients?
Tulsi is a herb often used in Ayurvedic medicine for it’s adaptogenic properties. What is an Adaptogen you ask?
Let Wiki answer this for you: “Adaptogens or adaptogenic substances, compounds, herbs or practices refer to the pharmacological concept whereby administration results in stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis, for example decreased cellular sensitivity to stress.”
In other words, Tulsi can help your body get back to homeostasis, your body’s natural ability to deal with internal and external stress factors. This can include increased ability to deal with physical and mental stressors, improved sleep, normalized adrenal function, and an increased ability for your body to find and maintain a healthy weight.
Tulsi is a good thing!
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), also called Holy Basil, is in the Basil family and tastes quite similar to our culinary Basil (Ocimum basilicum). In a pinch you can use it in your favourite dishes that call for culinary basil, such as salads, pasta sauces, dips and spreads, and whatever else comes to mind.
In this electrolyte drink we use Tulsi specifically for it’s adaptogenic properties. It will help your body hydrate more efficiently and adapt to the stresses put on our system through strenuous exercise or spending time in hot conditions that make us leak minerals through our sweat.
Little tricks like this can make all the difference, and why not use age old, tried tested and true methods in our everyday life?
I hope you enjoyed this post and give Tulsi a shot next time you hit the trail and are looking for just the right refreshment!
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