This infused water is the best of all worlds – plenty of citrus, the best of antioxidant berries and a bit of sweetness from the agave or honey, without the sugar content. What more could you want! You can add or decrease the citrus or sugar content to suit your palate. (more…)
Natural coconut water (either from the coconut or bought from a supermarket or health food shop) is a fantastic way of energizing yourself, particularly if you participate in sports or high level training of some kind. With peach and orange, it is quite delectable. (more…)
This kick starts your metabolism, so is great to drink all the way through the day – take it to the office with you! Green tea has amazing nutrient rich properties, which aid weight loss, mental agility and scientists also say that it can ward off certain cancers due to its polyphenol and flavonoid contents. An all-round healthy drink to add to your daily hydration. (more…)
Very refreshing, lovely sweet mango with the slight bitterness of the passion fruit and the crisp, clean taste of mint. Try substituting basil for mint if you enjoy the flavour. Mangoes improve digestion and are beneficial to eye and skin health. If out exercising in hot weather, they do aid temperature regulation in the body. (more…)
Blueberries are superfoods and one of the best berries to include in your diet. Delicious with crunchy pomegranate seeds and some of the flesh. Pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and are now proven to be effective for healthy hearts and levelling blood pressure. Whatever happens – never throw away the seeds! They are full of nutrition, taste lovely and crunchy and can be used in salads or many other dishes. Full of fibre, they are also great for the digestive system. (more…)
This may sound odd, drinking beetroot juice, but it is incredibly healthy and thirst quenching when combined with pineapple, and a hint of citrus and mint. High in Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, and plenty of fibre for the digestive system. Science is currently proving that beetroot can also help towards lowering blood pressure. (more…)
The deliciously sweet refreshing water not only consists of Vitamin B2, C and E but is also high in potassium and fibre. A fruity reminder of the cold weather season’s best produce. This is also a lovely addition to a Sunday dinner table when served in a jug – surround it with tied up cinnamon sticks for a great presentation. (more…)
Many of you would have heard of Kombucha, and probably the same amount of you will have knowledge of Kvass or Kefir. These are all fermented probiotic drinks, with a list of health-giving properties as long as your arm.
But what about Switchel – the latest and equally as healthy drink – the difference is that Switchel is far more hydrating than the previous two mentioned. Switchel is not new as such, it has been drunk for thousands of years, but has only recently become the ‘in drink’, particularly for sports people, those who undertake intense physical work or even those working in hot and dry environments. Mixed with water, it truly is the ‘bees knees’ for hydration. So throw out any of those sugary sports drinks, Switchel is here to hydrate and boost energy levels and, even better, it is all natural and perfectly palatable.
Some say it was an invention of the Ancient Greeks, whereas others in colonial areas of the United States will claim that it was invented by farmers in the hot Mid-West, who couldn’t drink hot drinks to replenish fluids, nor alcohol as this was dehydrating! It became known as ‘Haymakers Punch’ and was consumed by workers in the fields, desirous of not only hydration, but a ‘little kick’ to boost their energy and morale – they actually thought it was the closest they could get to a swig of bourbon – without the alcohol!
So what’s in Switchel?
Very simple – water, ginger, apple cider vinegar and a sweetener such as maple syrup (keep it healthy though, raw honey is a much better idea to keep down the sugar content). Slightly sweet, slightly acidic, a warm hit from the ginger, it really is a thirst-quencher with a multitude of benefits. It is caffeine free (unlike other sports drinks) and is a high ranking source of vitamins, minerals and plenty of antioxidants to boost the immune system. This makes Switchel an ideal all year round drink to combat infection.
In a nutshell, Switchel has the following health benefits:
- Tip top hydration – replenishes depleted electrolytes
- Extensive boost to energy levels
- Fortified immune system
- Healthier digestive system
- Reduces inflammation
- Aids regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol
Just a word of warning – you really have no need to drink too much of Switchel – apple cider vinegar can be quite potent when consumed in very large quantities – it can cause a little soreness in the mouth, or even affect your teeth, but this is in extreme cases – this is no different to other health drinks affecting other parts of the body. Just be sensible, and use a lot of water each time you make up a batch. You can buy ready made Switchel in many health shops, gyms and spas, but much better and more economical to make your own and you can put your own twist on it.
Recipe for Switchel
This recipe has the best balanced quantities for an enjoyable and extremely hydrating Switchel! Use it in your Hydrate8M water bottle after exercise or workout, running or extensive physical work. Equally as good in any dehydrating atmosphere. Make a large pitcher or jug for real economy. You can also add berries, herbs such as mint or for a real ‘spicy’ hint, try adding cinnamon.
Serves: 2 full Hydrate8M bottles
4 cups fresh water (approx. 900mls)
4tsp apple cider vinegar
2tbsp raw honey (try not to use maple syrup – high sugar content)
1tsp grated or minced fresh ginger
Place all the ingredients in the jug and leave in the fridge for a day or overnight. Stir well before dispensing into your water bottles.
Before going out for a ‘heavy night’, make up your Switchel and place in the fridge. It is perfect to cure dehydration in the morning and to stop any nausea!