Why can’t we just mix some extra salt with a bottle of water so we can increase our electrolyte intake?

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Why can’t we just mix some extra salt with a bottle of water so we can increase our electrolyte intake?

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You totally can. Sports drinks are just , salt, sugar, flavoring, and a ton of marketing.

Just try not to put too much salt in.

It’s going to taste bad though.
[So there’s many many people who add stuff and make their own sports drink.](http://www.5-a-side.com/nutrition/how-to-make-your-own-isotonic-sports-drink/)
You also might want to go with a kosher salt, a lot of table salt comes mixed with iodine to prevent iodine deficency.

Salt, or as it’s more accurately referred to, table salt, is NaCl. It contains sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl). It’s a specific salt.

Electrolytes are many different salts, including sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. So while you can do this, you’d need to include all of them.

you can buy electrolyte salts in tablet form from many sources if you want to get the whole range needed.