AYURVEDIC HOME-MADE SPORTS DRINK
Water is a hot topic at present between the drought and the ice bucket challenge.
Our bodies respond similarly when lacking hydration: our tissues, especially our internal “skin” of our digestive tract and our outer skin, quickly show the effects of dehydration. Dehydration can result in aging skin with tendencies towards wrinkling and a dry colon that can create gas and constipation: how unpleasant! So hydrating, especially when you’re sweating regularly, is well placed high on the priority list.
Across wellness fields from eastern to western we all agree that the body hydrates and recuperates best with water combined with a little salt to retain the water and a little sweet to help electrolyte balance and give you an energy boost.
The readily available options on this theme of sweet and a little salty range from great to wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Take the following examples of some common sports drinks:
● Coconut Water: Great! While natural, it’s very cooling to the body and in excess can weaken digestion.
● Vitamin Water: Better than gatorade, but you’d do almost just as well to stir refined sugar into water.
● Gatorade: Sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) AND High Fructose Corn Syrup! Talk about crazy refined unnatural sweeteners.
Scott Blossom said so eloquently in this article:
“When you eat a candy bar or drink a soda [or a gatorade], you’re getting a super-concentrated hit-it gets you high. If you get used to the sledgehammer of sweet taste, you become numbed to the subtle sweetness in natural foods and in your life.”
This recipe you find below is especially good for hydrating as we transition from summer to fall.
Pomegranates are a fall fruit packed with B vitamins (which your body burns through when stressed), iron (especially good for the ladies), and antioxidants. In Ayurveda, pomegranates are seen to have a cooling effect on the body and relieve Pitta dosha or systemic inflammation that can cause skin irritations, dry itchy eyes, loose stools, irritability, and some headaches. A little goes a long way with pomegranate juice, so you don’t need to drink a lot at a time, but always buying organic ensures you’ll get the most health benefits per drink.
Limes are also an end of summer superfood. Lemon water, which I’m sure you’re all drinking upon waking each morning for a health boost, has similar properties but limes are considered more cooling and therefore more summer-friendly.
While pomegranates are a bit sweet they are also quite astringent and a little bitter, so the sweetener in this recipe makes it more palette friendly.
Enjoy quenching your thirst and be sure to drink your fluids after class rather than in class for optimal hydration!
Ayurvedic Home-Made Sports Drink
¼ c organic pomegranate juice
juice of ½ a lime
1 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
dash sea salt
room temperature or *warm water
Combine all but water in a pint glass and stir to combine. Top with warm or room temperature water, stir, and enjoy!
*Warm water is best for optimal hydration as cold water can impeded digestion, circulation, and promote stiffness.
About the Author: Kate Schwabacher teaches Hatha Flow Yoga and practices Ayurveda, the holistic medicine classically aligned with yoga. She approaches yoga as medicine for body, mind, and spirit after being introduced to the practice to balance the scoliosis curve in her back. Kate practices Shadow Yoga, a dynamic style of Hatha Yoga with her teacher Scott Blossom. Her practice influences her teachings, and in her class you’ll find a strong emphasis on the breath, core engagement, squatting and hip opening. This emphasis created a foundation that is grounding, centering, and improves one’s circulation and overall health.
Kate’s classes change with the seasons to offer students a practice that is attuned to the rhythms of nature and awareness of the doshas, or ayurvedic biological humors. You’ll leave her classes feeling supported, challenged, nurtured and inspired. Explore Kate’s yoga & ayurveda blog at kateschwabacher.com/blog. View her full class schedule at Yoga Tree Telegraph.