Natural Alternatives to Sports Drinks

Quench your post-yoga thirst with one of these natural alternatives to sports drinks!

After breaking a sweat in your favorite yoga class it’s essential to replenish not only the water lost, but also electrolytes like sodium and potassium. But with artificial sweeteners and food coloring, regular sports drinks aren’t appealing to most yogis. Thankfully, these 100% natural alternatives are available at any grocery store. Quench your post-yoga thirst with one of these natural alternatives to sports drinks:

Cuckoo for coconut water

For the uninitiated into the coconut water craze, it is the clear juice stored inside young coconuts. It is fat- and cholesterol-free and low in calories. It’s also naturally rich in electrolytes like sodium and potassium. If the taste of plain coconut water isn’t your favorite, many brands offer naturally flavored options like acai or peach-mango.

(Chocolate) milk does a body good

The protein from the milk helps to rebuild muscle while the carbohydrates from the chocolate refuels the glycogen (sugar) stores used for energy. Milk has the added benefit of calcium to help strengthen bones. Make sure to stick to the low-fat varieties to keep the drink figure-friendly. 

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Bananas

While not a liquid, this power fruit has three types of natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) to give you sustained energy. Plus, research has proven that two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout (perfect for your average yoga class!). Compared to an apple it has four times the protein, twice the carbs and the high potassium content will help ward off post-workout muscle cramps.

 

This article was provided by alignyo.com, an online community connecting you to yoga. Our mission is to make yoga fun and accessible for everyone. We provide advice and recipes to fuel your practice, the latest yoga product reviews, curated at-home videos and local class suggestions. Everything you need to get on your mat. All rights reserved.

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