Intense workouts take their toll; during exercise you lose a lot of vitamins and electrolytes through sweat, and burn a lot of your body's natural fuel- carbohydrates.
One of the easiest ways to help your body's recovery during or after a workout is to drink a sports drink. "The help with hydration and fueling, hydration because they have sodium and some potassium in them," says Dr. Jackie Buell, sports dietitian at Ohio State University. "Fueling because they have carbs in them."
However, many popular sports drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes that can turn the all-natural health conscious away.
If you're looking to toss the synthetics aside, then here are a few alternatives suggested by Dr. Buell that will help your body recover from a grueling workout routine.