Apple Lemon Electrolyte Drink, SCD scope prep

Apple Lemon Electrolyte Drink, Scd Scope Prep

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For those with IBD on the SCD who have to do scope procedures, you know why having a “clear/see through liquid” Gatorade alternative (that’s not red), is so important. This has been helpful when asked to use the prep method where you mix a bottle of MiraLAX with 64 oz of Gatorade! Filtered chicken broth and this (also made into gelatin “gummies,” jello & popsicles), have been our go-to.


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15 Min
5 Min
No-Cook or Other


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    1 cup minus 1 tbsp. and 1 tsp. water
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    1 tbsp + 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
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    1 cup martinelli’s apple juice (not sparkling or unfiltered)
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    scant 1/4 tsp. himalayan pink salt

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    sliced, peeled fresh ginger
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    cinnamon stick (ceylon cinnamon preferred)
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    allspice berries
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    few drops rosewater

How to Make Apple Lemon Electrolyte Drink, SCD scope prep


  1. Always verify ingredients & brands are (still) SCD legal.

    4 recipes of this makes 64 fl oz., with similar amounts of sugar as Gatorade.

    The lemon juice provides potassium.

    The pink salt provides extra minerals for electrolytes. If you only have sea salt, use that. Table salt can still be used, though it won’t have as wide a range of electrolyte minerals. However, the salt itself is the most important electrolyte.
  2. If you want extra flavoring, boil the water with your choice of: a slice of peeled ginger (leave out ginger if later using the drink to make jello or gummies), cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice berries. Let steep for awhile to intensify flavors. Strain/filter the water afterwards, to ensure all sediment is removed. An unbleached coffee filter is good for this, especially if using the drink for scope prep.
  3. Once water is cooled, measure out the required amount, adding more water if necessary to make up for any evaporated off.

    If using the drink for scope prep, filter the lemon juice through an unbleached coffee filter, to remove any pulp and sediment.

    Mix all the ingredients together.

    If people like the flavor, a couple drops of rosewater may be added.

    Store refrigerated up to 48 hours, or freeze until use.
  4. May be made into popsicles, jello, or gelatin “gummies,” for variety, on scope prep day. See my gelatin gummy recipes.

    It can be used in place of Gatorade.

    Of the homemade electrolyte drink options that work for scope prep, this is most preferred by my kid.

    Lemon Recharge by Knudsen company is a commercial option that seems closer to SCD than Gatorade. My kid likes the flavor.

    If you want a low sugar recipe based off ratios of WHO oral rehydration solution recipes, see my LemonHoney Electrolyte drink recipe. LemonHoney Electrolyte drink, low sugar, SCD

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