Tight on cash, but still want to replenish more efficiently after exercise? There is a simple alternative to the expensive sports drinks on the market today. Read the ingredients on any sports drink and what you will always tend to find in common on the list is salt and sugar. To make a basic electrolyte beverage you only need two ingredients: orange juice and salt. Oranges supply a good amount of potassium and combined with a small pinch of salt, all of the electrolyte functions in a sport drink are now met at a much lower cost.
Drinks such as Gatorade can be high in sugar and low in any other nutritional value. B vitamins are often added to these drinks, but the levels can be so low that you would be better off by simply consuming a daily multivitamin. Sports drinks can also be expensive and if you are on a budget, they are a good item to avoid.
Another alternative recipe requires mixing water, table sugar, and a pinch of salt. If desired, lemon juice can be added to the mix as well. Levels of sugar can be modified to your desire or left out entirely.