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    Anyone have an electrolyte drink recipe?

    Anyone have a favorite, homemade electrolyte drink recipe? I think I need a bit more sodium than normal; my skin is pretty salty after longer rides, and I tend to cramp up, even though my conditioning is pretty decent. I don't have much access to commercial products besides Gatorade. Any help is appreciated, thanks!! .

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    One small scoop of frozen OJ for taste
    A half teaspoon of baking soda
    A few pinches of salt
    A B12 vitamin tab (I'm vegetarian)
    A Magnesium tab
    Add fructose to taste

    Leave it sit over night. Eat a banana before riding. Shake well

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    Here's a recipe for homemade sports drink from the www.roadbikerider.com web site:

    "You won't believe how close this sports drink recipe is to a commercial product. It has 110 mg of sodium and 38 mg of potassium per 8-oz. serving. Cost is only about 30 cents per half gallon. Compare that to $3 for Gatorade! You can adjust the sweetness to taste. -- John R.

    ► 1 packet any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar product for making 2 quarts
    ► 8 tablespoons sugar
    ► 3/8 teaspoon of salt
    ► 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute that contains potassium chloride
    ► 2 quarts of water"
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    A variety of homemade foods/drinks...

    http://www.cptips.com/hmdesnk.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Losligato
    One small scoop of frozen OJ for taste
    A half teaspoon of baking soda
    A few pinches of salt
    A B12 vitamin tab (I'm vegetarian)
    A Magnesium tab
    Add fructose to taste

    Leave it sit over night. Eat a banana before riding. Shake well
    Great ideas Losligato, SSP (John R.), and fujibike! I think I'll try them all, or maybe a combination with varying amounts. Quick question Losligato (or whoever else might know), what's the baking soda for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjtokyo
    Quick question Losligato (or whoever else might know), what's the baking soda for?

    - RJ
    Not sure. I believe it has something to do with stomach ph and absorption of salty/sweet nutrients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjtokyo
    what's the baking soda for?
    I've seen recommendations for eating baking soda, I think the reasoning was something like it helped reduce lactic acid by neutralizing the acid. I've also read that it's pretty much a debunked myth. Whether that's the intent of it's inclusion in the recipe, I dunno.

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    Just wondering if anyone here has tried the RBR recipe? I'm thinking about mixing up a couple of quarts, but would like to get y'alls opinion first. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthSideRider
    Just wondering if anyone here has tried the RBR recipe? I'm thinking about mixing up a couple of quarts, but would like to get y'alls opinion first. Thanks
    I've tried it several time, including earlier this week when I ran out of regular powdered Gatorade. It's not quite the same as regular Gatorade, but it's pretty darned close. The color depends on which KoolAid you use...the color is usually a little too "vivid" compared to Gatorade, and can look weird in a water bottle (think, fluorscent green). But, otherwise, it's OK.
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    thanks for the info. i was thinking of using the berry blue flavor, so it should be a interesting shade of bright blue when all is said and done.

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    Anyone ever try grinding up a multi-vitamin for the nutrients? I noticed that Accelerade, Enervit G, and Ultima all list potassium and magnesium as major ingredients besides sodium. My One-A-Days (from Wal-Mart) list 100mg of potassium (from potassium chloride), 120mg of magnesium (from magnesium oxide), 18mcg of B12, and 3mg of B6, along with a bunch of other stuff. How do you think this will work to fill the mineral portions of some of the recipes above?

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