Happy last day of February, everyone! I don’t know about you, but for me, this month flew by. Since the 28th landed on a Wednesday, I’ll be sharing my most used items of the month with you Friday instead of today, because Daniela’s got a great concoction for you this week!
First, let’s take a step back and welcome my sister back to New York. Since she’s back, she’s diving head-first into her to-do list, and while a website is on the way (yay!) one of the top things was her final research presentation on Whole Foods for the Type 1 Diabetic Athlete. I wish I could share a PowerPoint here because it is so good. Importantly, her research relates to everyone, not just those effected with T1. While this sports drink recipe will truly benefit those consciously monitoring their glucose and blood sugar levels, it is very beneficial to you too. If you like things like Gatorade or PowerAde, or if you work out intensely, bookmark this drink as your new post-workout go-to.
Even more to note, this recipe – and everything she’s presented – is approved by the DCN (Doctor of Clinical Nutrition). If you’d like to see the presentation or speak more about your nutritional needs pre-, during and post-workout, don’t hesitate to reach out (to her, not me).
Okay! So here we go. Recipe from Daniela:
2 cups Filtered Water
1 Fresh Squeezed Lemon (1/4 cup)
1.5 Fresh Squeezed Oranges (1/3 cup)
1 tsp Organic Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
Mix all ingredients together and chill to your liking.
Sports drinks like Gatorade contain multiple refined sugars, “natural” flavors, and stabilizers (which are more or less present for a longer shelf life, not necessarily to support human functioning). We do need sugar (glucose) and sodium (salt) as we work out, and depending on the type of activity, how much we exert, and length of time participating, what we need will differ. Additionally, every human body is different and complex, and things that also play a role in what we’ll need for recovery include height, weight, and sweat loss during exercise.
I worked on this glucose solution while writing a research paper on whole food nutrition for the type I diabetic athlete. The research is broken down and also goes over the importance of exercise in those without type I diabetes or insulin dysregulation, and the importance of consuming sugar and salt while exercising and afterwards. This solution contains sugar from fresh organic fruit and from pure organic maple syrup, which does not spike blood sugar levels as rapidly as refined sugars. Adding sea salt aides in restoring the concentration of blood sodium levels after sweating. – DS