Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Home Made Electrolyte Drink

We are back in the hospital with my dad.  Last week was a very long week.  It started out with my husband.  He began having symptoms of the stomach flu a week ago.  He was miserable and didn't feel better for four days.  Just as he was getting better, my dad came down with it.  He was quite sick last Tuesday, but seemed better the next day.  I was relieved.  Then Thursday he got sick again.  I didn't feel well that day either but I wasn't as bad as the other two.  Our house was quite the infirmary.  I got better, my husband was better but dad had his ups and downs.  By Saturday he seemed to be on the mend.  Then Sunday morning he took a big turn for the worse.  He was nauseated again but also had a 101.8 fever and a racing pulse.  We quickly made the decision to take him into the ER.  We are very glad we did.  One month ago he had a gangrenous gall bladder.  I don't know exactly what happened, but it appears that fluid accumulated in that area and it became infected.  His white blood count was very high.  They ended up doing another surgery to drain the area.  Today we sit in the hospital with him, but things are much better.  After a course of strong antibiotics, his numbers are looking better.  Whether the flu caused it to happen or if it would have happened anyway, we have no way of knowing.

I think the reason I came out of this so well, is that I drank Peppermint water from the beginning and later drank the electrolyte drink I made from scratch.  It worked so well.  It was better than Gatorade to regulate my electrolytes.  There are some warnings with this recipe.  I don't think it is good for little kids who can't have honey or adults who are allergic to unfiltered raw honey.  My sister can't tolerate all the pollen contained in unfiltered honey.  Just be aware and use some other sweetener if needed.

All you need is:

Juice of 2 or 3 lemons (or in a pinch ⅓ cup of bottled lemon juice)
½ teaspoon sea salt (sea salt contains necessary minerals)
⅓ cup raw unfiltered honey
1 quart of water

In a quart jar, dissolve sea salt and honey in a little warm water.  Stir until completely dissolved.  Add the lemon juice and water.

There are many different recipes for home made electrolyte drinks.  I read that using Coconut water adds many beneficial minerals.   This one works very well to replace minerals and salts lost through illness or exercise.

It looks like lemonade but has it's own unique taste.

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