This homemade pedialyte recipe is the perfect natural rehydration drink for kids and adults. With orange juice plus added electrolytes, this easy-to-make drink will keep you hydrated during physical activity, illness, or stress.
Why are electrolyte drinks beneficial?
When you’re dealing with sickness, stress, or high levels of physical activity, staying hydrated is key. But sometimes plain water isn’t enough.
Being dehydrated can throw off your electrolyte balance, leaving you even more exhausted and at risk for complications.
All of your cells and organs depend on electrolytes to function properly, which is why balanced hydration is so critical during times of illness.
Electrolyte drinks (homemade or storebought) are meant to replace sodium, potassium, and other minerals that may be lost during bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating. They also contain simple sugars that provide the body with easy-to-digest energy.
When you’re ill or if you’ve done some heavy exercise or physical work, an electrolyte drink gives you balanced hydration and some energy to help you recover.
Why orange juice?
I use orange juice in this recipe because it’s tasty, refreshing, and contains magnesium and potassium to help balance out the electrolyte profile of this natural drink.
Why baking soda and sea salt?
While you don’t want too much salt, it’s critical to replace some of the salt lost through sweating or illness. Your body works best with a Goldilocks-level of sodium – not too much and not too little.
This recipe uses small amounts of salt and baking soda to add the perfect amount of sodium to this rehydration drink.
Is homemade pedialyte safe?
DIY electrolyte drinks are a safe way to hydrate if the ingredients are balanced properly. I used the formula on this site as a guide for this recipe: http://rehydrate.org/solutions/homemade.htm
But it’s wise to take extra precautions in cases of illness and for particularly vulnerable people, like toddlers or the elderly. This is a simple rehydration drink, and can’t replace medical care.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:
If you have had persistent diarrhea or vomiting for more than 2-3 days, or if you are feeling weak or dizzy, please see a health professional right away.
For babies, toddlers, young children and the elderly, it’s even more important to go see a doctor when they experience vomiting or diarrhea because of the increased risk of dehydration and serious complications.
Why not storebought pedialyte drinks?
Let’s face it: sometimes we get sick when the stores aren’t open. The fastest way to hydrate properly is to go homemade.
Not to mention, storebought electrolyte drinks can be super pricey, but learning how to make your own pedialyte at home is easy and very economical.
Last, storebought drinks contain ingredients many of us are trying to avoid, like:
- artificial flavors
- food dyes
- other artificial sweeteners and preservatives
- added sugars
By making your own DIY natural pedialyte, you can skip the unnecessary ingredients and expenses – but you still get a delicious, refreshing rehydration drink.
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Easy Homemade Pedialyte Electrolyte Drink
- Stir baking soda and salt into water until dissolved.
- Add orange juice and stir gently to mix. The mixture may foam slightly.
- Pour into a glass or sippy cup to serve.
- Sip slowly to rehydrate.
- It is fine to dilute this electrolyte drink more if desired.
- Do not add more salt or baking soda than specified in this recipe, as too much sodium is dangerous during dehydration.
- You can substitute coconut water or other natural fruit juices for the orange juice.
- Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze for two hours to make your own electrolyte popsicles! These popsicles can make rehydrating more enjoyable, and they can also soothe a sore throat. Kids absolutely love them. 😉
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