Last week we looked at the caffeine levels in the popular drinks, both coffee, tea and energy drinks, today we are going to look at alternatives that are likely cheaper and better for you.

I know that I don’t want to put overly sugared, chemical drinks into my body, who knows the damage they could be doing to your cells on the inside.
We spend so much money on looking good, make up, nice clothes, hair, nails, etc, so why do we skimp on the stuff we put inside. Its so much more important to start by putting the best stuff in, so you can get the best out of your body, treat it well and it will last.
I am not talking about quick fixes, diet pills, or other fast but fake solutions, I am talking real food, water, the bodies basic survival requirements.

Water
At least 60% of the human body is made up of water and every living cell needs it to keep functioning. So drink some plain old water, it will keep you alive. The exact amount of time you can survive varies depending on conditions, however in moderate temperatures most people would survive for 3 or 4 days. So why do people drink so little of it. Remember by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. 8-10 large glasses a day is required for an average adult.

Kids will need less but let them drink water at school, during break and lunch, especially if its hot outside; let them have ice pops, you can make these easily with diluting squash and a mold; frozen pieces of fruit in a glass of water are fantastic.

Now back to Energy drinks
If your kids are extremely active, are outside sweating, or are doing prolonged activity then they may need a little extra. This will come in the form of electrolytes, as your body sweats it loses, salt and other minerals through the skin, these need to be replaced. This helps the fluid in the body stay in balance and keeps the muscles working correctly. You need Potassium, Sodium & Magnesium.
Here are a recipe ideas to keep them performing at their best!

Apple Rehydrating drink
3 parts coconut water (a great hydrator on its own)
1 part apple juice
Ice( if desired)
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
1 Tbsp Honey (if you need it sweeter)
Give it a whizz in a blender, and store in an air tight container in the fridge, it should last 5 days,

You could sub the coconut water for a herbal tea, or 2 freshly squeezed oranges too.

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