Workout Water

Workout Water

Does drinking water ever make you feel nauseous?

I first experienced this during summer tryouts for my college soccer team. We were running in the Ohio heat (stressed, nervous, sweaty) and during breaks we were allowed a swig of water.

The team provided the bottles, so I'm not sure I can completely blame the water, it’s possible the warm BPA laced plastic was an equal offender. Either way, the water provided zero relief. In fact, it made me want to gag.

So I came up with a solution: energy drinks. Which back in those days meant, Gatorade, Snapple or maybe even an Arizona Iced Tea!

Loaded with sugar and ingredients I couldn't pronounce, they solved the nausea, but they were making me sick in a different sort of way. Electrolytes don't do much good when they ride in on chemicals!

Flash forward 25 years, and I stumbled on a solution: Workout Water.

The thing is when you are working out, or just hanging out in the heat perspiring, (read: beach beverage!) your body is expending more than just water. You need sodium, potassium and electrolytes to remain at peek condition.

The base of this beverage is Coconut Water (long known as a great source of electrolytes) and Orange Juice (great for potassium and vitamin C).

Adding Rhizome Tart Cherry Tonic, gives you the added benefit of Organic Ginger (great for nausea and digestion), Turmeric (great for minimizing inflammation), and Tart Cherry Juice (great for muscle rehabilitation). This stuff will do everything you want it to and more.

Bonus, it tastes amazing!


    • 3 cups water
    • 1/2 cup Rhizome Tart Cherry Tonic
    • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    • 3 cups coconut water
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Put all ingredients into a pitcher and stir. Drink immediately with a friend or two. If there is any leftover (doubtful), refrigerate in a container with a lid and it will last at least a week.

Makes 8 servings


Illustrations by Sami Gaston



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  • Ann Hassett

    Workout water sounds great. Could I make it without orange juice?

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