During the dog days of summer, it can be tough to stay hydrated. You might be thinking, just drink more water! But it’s not that simple. Drinking plain water when you’re out in the sun, heat and humidity often isn’t enough to replace the precious electrolytes lost through sweat. To maintain adequate hydration, we need the right balance and levels of electrolytes. And when you’re already running low, water alone can flush out those precious electrolytes and make dehydration even worse.
How? Some of us are salty sweaters, meaning we lose salt easily through our—you guessed it, sweat—so we need to replenish that salt along with potassium and the other electrolytes.
How to know if this is you? Do you feel worse after drinking plain water? Do you feel terrible after being out in the heat or sun for hours? Do you notice you get a headache after being out in the heat or after exercising? These are signs that you may be struggling with low electrolyte levels or just inadequate hydration status.
This drink will help with all that. Low in sugar but high in electrolytes, this refreshing drink will help to hydrate the body. And unlike commercial sports drinks, which are full of food coloring and sugar (dehydrating you even more), this drink is full of natural electrolytes and naturally hydrating.
The sea salt is for the sodium needed in your cells to bring water into the cells and maintain proper hydration, and the cream of tartar is a great sugar-free source of potassium. Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium which is why you often find it in homemade electrolyte recipes. Grapefruit is also rich in potassium along with vitamin C and other nutrients.
Give it a try the next time you need to hydrate and let us know how it goes. This drink is also a great option for a “mocktail” if you’re participating in Dry January, or abstaining from alcohol at any time of year. During winter, I like to add a sprig of rosemary for a seasonal touch.
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 3 cups sparkling water
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Fresh grapefruit slices for garnish (optional)
- Combine the apple cider vinegar (ACV), fresh grapefruit juice, sparkling water, raw honey, cream of tartar, sea salt, and vanilla extract in a large jug. Mix well to combine.
- Divide the ACV tonic evenly between 4 glasses and garnish with fresh grapefruit slices if desired.
This product has a delicious natural lemon-orange flavor, is sugar-free, and gets its sweetness from small amounts of the natural herb stevia (which you won’t even taste, I can attest to that as someone who doesn’t like stevia).
Can all these herbs be simply grown at home
How long will this last – only one person drinking it? Can it be saved in fridge?
I found the apple cider vinegar to be too much. What does the apple cider contribute to this drink?
I detest Apple cider vinegar. What do you subject as a substitute?
Wow, the apple cider vinegar punishes a person for becoming dehydrated. Recipe needs some adjustment. What is the purpose of ACV in this recipe? There can be significant difference in brands of ACV. What brand was used to develop this recipe? I did appreciate the education about dehydration and finally learning why I feel nauseated if drinking plain water after a workout or in the heat too long. Thanks for that.
I was wondering about the amount of ACV in this recipe also. I can barely tolerate a tablespoon in a full glass of water using Bragg’s. So, a cup (or 1/4 cup p/serving) seems like an awful lot to me.
Can I substitute orange juice for grapefruit juice? Will it be as effective rehydrating me?
What does the cream of tartar do for this drink?
The article states: “the cream of tartar is a great sugar-free source of potassium. “
raw honey – isn’t that a sugar?
raw honey – isn’t that a sugar?
Hi Annabel, raw honey does contain sugar in the form of fructose. Which is naturally occurring and present in fruits. Although it is a form of sugar, it includes mineral benefits and has a lower glycemic load that won’t impact blood sugar as much. Which is why it’s a better option to use for some sweetness in recipes. Thank you! ~HB Support