Winter is a wonderful time of year, bringing with it white snow, frosty mornings, hot mugs of steaming favorite drinks (the boys love our GAPS hot chocolate; I love anything that comes in a mug!), sledding, and rosy cheeks. Unfortunately, winter also brings with it crowded stores filled with sick shoppers coughing on cart handles, germs being passed around in schools and brought home … it’s cold and flu season.
At this time of year, I like to build up my family’s defenses with lots of natural remedies, such as warm chicken soup, elderberry syrup, extra vitamin C and D, and essential oils. (See my article: Stay Healthy This Flu Season – Naturally as well as our Natural Medicine Cabinet) However, sometimes even with the best preparation, one or all of us come down sick. This happens much less frequently than it used to, but I still like to be prepared in case we need extra support.
One recipe I like to have handy is this Electrolyte Drink. It can be very useful in cases of vomiting or diarrhea, where electrolytes are imbalanced and need to be replenished. And unlike the electrolyte drinks you can buy in the store, it does not contain any harmful chemicals, dyes, refined sugar, or ingredients which can otherwise hinder your healing. It is also helpful in cases of colitis where diarrhea is severe. It is SCD, GAPS, and Paleo legal.
1 quart boiled water
2 Tbs. raw honey
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
Boil the water. Allow to cool slightly, and then pour into a quart glass jar and add the honey, sea salt, and baking soda. Stir to mix. This can be consumed immediately for a soothing warm beverage or can be refrigerated. As warm beverages are often gentler on an inflamed digestive system, it can be gently reheated as needed.
It is good stored in the fridge with a tight lid for 24 hours.
Best wishes for a quick recovery!