This summer has been hot, with temperatures across the globe breaking records. It’s the perfect time to talk about staying well-hydrated while you’re outdoors!

“Staying hydrated is more than just drinking water,” says Darryl Bosshardt, Real Salt’s fitness guru and salt expert. “We need to keep our bodies mineralized with electrolytes and trace minerals.” 

When we’re working in the heat, we can lose up to a gram of salt and other minerals every hour. If we don’t replenish those minerals and electrolytes, dehydration triggers headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, or worse.

Hydrate Without Sugary Drinks

If the heat has you thinking about colorful brand-name sports drinks, there’s still time to make a healthier choice. If you care about good health, you probably don’t want the sugar or dyes — and it gets expensive in a hurry.

Here’s a perfect alternative to sugary sports drinks: a Real Salt sports drink you can make at home with the world’s richest source of electrolyte and trace minerals: unrefined sea salt.

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This recipe contains the sodium and potassium you’ll find in expensive store brands, plus dozens of other electrolytes and trace minerals like chloride, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, carbon, cesium — all shown in studies to have positive health benefits. 

If you experiment with the flavor, let us know how it works! Maybe the only mistake you can make here would be using refined table salt — virtually all the minerals have been stripped away.