Anyone else who suffers from frequent sinus infections like I do knows you will do anything to make the pain and congestion stop. I’ve tried antibiotics, but at this point I’m worried they won’t be effective after taking it so many times. I’m also always scared to take them ever since dealing with a bout of C. diff after a long course of antibiotics I had to take for my lyme disease. Not fun! My doctor isn’t really sure why I get so many sinus infections. I’ve had an MRI of my sinuses which didn’t show anything abnormal. It’s a mystery! I’ve recently started getting acupuncture which has seemed to help reduce how many I get. It’s been pretty frustrating but all I can do is try to keep my immune system up and reduce the duration of them when they do occur.
One of the latest natural remedies I’ve added to my list of what to when I get a sinus infection has been to make this All-Natural Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink, AKA homemade Gatorade. The actual sports drink, Gatorade, is great for restoring electrolytes so your body can stay hydrated and function properly, aiding with recovery. However, it also contains high fructose corn syrup and artificial additives and colors, something I don’t want in my body, especially when I’m trying to get over a sinus infection.
Luckily, this All-Natural Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink is very easy to make and contains electrolytes as well as other vitamins and minerals your body needs, especially when trying to recover from sickness or activity. The only ingredients are fresh squeezed lemons and oranges, pure coconut water, pure honey, and salt. I used Pink Himalayan Sea Salt because some people think that it has added restorative properties, but this is debated. I figured it couldn’t hurt, but you could also just use sea salt. Either way, this great tasting drink is a welcome addition to my natural remedies list 🙂
All-Natural Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink
adapted from: Don’t Mess with Mama
– 2 fresh squeezed oranges
– 2 fresh squeezed lemons
– 2 cups pure coconut water (you can substitute filtered water)
– 2 tbsp pure or raw honey
– 1/8 tsp sea salt or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Serve cold or over ice.