How do i make my own energy drink?

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How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263766 southeast-isher
Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:44 pm

I want to include yerba mate in it but what else should i add? Thanks.

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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

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Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:39 am

Coffee?
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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263786 Davie Crockett
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:01 am

Most energy drinks are Isotonic, (in laymans terms they are the same tension as blood) for example water is hypotonic (Thinner), Treacle is hypertonic (Thicker). I'm sure MKG can give a specific answer in respect of the chemistry.

Fluids are absorbed better if they are Isotonic because it's easier for the body to equalise fluids across cell walls if they are dehydrated.
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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263788 sarahkeast
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:40 am

I have just started reading the Scott Jurek book, think it is called Eat and Run. Very good so far and lots of recipes, worth a look in that and will share any if I remember

Guess it depends what you want it for, think about requirements, caloric, electrolyte, short/longer term carbs, how easily you digest stuff, how long you need it to work for, what you can stomach and what you fancy. I am a sometime long distance runner/mtbiker and so have dealt with a lot of these issues, manufactured products are good, but I always come back to real food.

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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263805 southeast-isher
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:23 pm

I do drink coffee... which i enjoy. But there are other things in some energy drinks that do different things eg. yerba mate can act like coffee without the jitters and restlessness so you don't feel 'wired'. And i find it regulates my sleep.

I drink yerba mate tea because i like the subtle effects i don't however enjoy the taste too much and prefer to wait for the drink to cool down then mix it with fruit juice... it is good but tastes not so great... it could do with some other things added i think.

My espresso machine is up the spout and i'm waiting on a new part so i decided to buy an energy drink in the larg cans that was juice based... it had been a while since i'd had these drinks and i enjoyed it i must admit. It had things like guarana, taurine, caffeine, and ginseng in it.

When going back the next day to the supermarket get another i saw a yerba mate based energy drink with gotu kola and other (probably) more healthier than the usual energy drink suspects. But it was expensive... and seeing as yerba mate tea costs about 20p i just wondered if anyone was successful in coming up with a good recipe for something similar.
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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263806 southeast-isher
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:24 pm

Davie Crockett wrote:Most energy drinks are Isotonic, (in laymans terms they are the same tension as blood) for example water is hypotonic (Thinner), Treacle is hypertonic (Thicker). I'm sure MKG can give a specific answer in respect of the chemistry.

Fluids are absorbed better if they are Isotonic because it's easier for the body to equalise fluids across cell walls if they are dehydrated.


That's interesting. Thank you Davie.

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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263814 contadina
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:37 am

I've a Argentinian neighbour who always starts the day with the sun salutation and a tankard of yerba mate. Having enjoyed many brews round his, I'd say that you need to add honey to sweeten the drink and make sure that you drink it through a bombilla (metal straw with a filter, which doesn't move off the base of cup).

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Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Post: #263961 southeast-isher
Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:26 am

Yes... yerba mate in a gourd with a bombilla is the way to drink it properly. I have just been using the tea bags in a cup. Adding honey would be a good idea.


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