By now we’re sure you’ve heard of kombucha, the fermented, fizzy hipster drink that’s on tap at Whole Foods. For years it’s been touted as the ultimate healthy probiotic drink.

But there may be a new player in the “good-for-you” drink game — switchel. Well, it’s not actually new; It’s been around since the 1700s. In fact, farmers used to drink switchel to boost energy, stay hydrated and cool down in the heat.

But recently, switchel has been making a comeback in the health food blogosphere, and for good reason; It’s packed with health benefits.

Best of all? You can make it at home, because switchel only requires a few nutrient-rich ingredients: apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, real maple syrup and water or seltzer.

Each one of these simple, yet powerful ingredients can help with an array of health concerns…

  • Ginger truly is a super food, and switchel packs a potent dosage of it. It’s been shown to be a fantastic digestive aid, has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts your immune system, helps relieve nausea and even reduce cholesterol.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a potent, natural remedy and detoxifier due to the high concentrated amounts of potassium, magnesium and probiotics. For centuries, it was used by doctors to treat wounds. But today, we know it could be used for so much more, like for a sore throat, to improve digestion, help with weight management, clear up acne and boost energy.
  • Real maple syrup is one of the top sweetener alternatives, because when used in moderation, it won’t spike your blood sugar levels like regular sugar does. Also, it has antioxidants and minerals that regular sugar doesn’t. Just make sure it’s real maple syrup, and not the stuff you can get at the grocery store (like Aunt Jemima), because those products are full of unhealthy ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.

Now, those are just the main ingredients — you can switch it up and add some things like citrus or mint to your switchel. But just don’t forget to add water or seltzer water, because switchel can have a potent, overpowering taste.

So put down the kombucha, and mix up some switchel — you may even like it better.

Stay healthy,

New For You Editors


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