Switchel is an old-fashioned and all-round drink which is thirst-quenching, healthy, refreshing and can be used as a substitute for many contemporary beverages such as energy drinks, sodas, vitamin water, etc.
And now it seems that switchel may be making a remarkable comeback into the spotlight.
The Benefits of Drinking Switchel:
While the early Americans who discovered switchel may not have known just how wholesome this drink was, or why, the advancement of modern science and our better understanding of human biology have made all that possible.
1. It Restores Electrolytes
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that can be found in bodily fluids like urine and blood.
Humans need these positively or negatively charged ions in as they transmit the voltage required for a number of physiological functions like nerve signaling and muscle contractions.
We mostly lose electrolytes when we are dehydrated, sweat, go to the bathroom, during a strenuous physical exercise, or while we’re sick, and the common symptoms of a loss of electrolytes are muscle pain, headaches, stomach cramps, headaches, exhaustion, and lightheadedness.
Electrolytes, however, can be easily restored by consuming things packed with electrically-charged minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and chloride, and since switchel contains apple cider vinegar and pure maple syrup – which are rich in potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium – and it will help you a great deal replenishing your lost electrolytes.
2. It Helps Ease Pain & Inflammation
It’s no wonder that farmers toiling all day turned to switchel as their refreshment of choice: it combats pain and inflammation, allowing them to work just as hard the following day.
As we said, switchel is an amazing beverage for after a rigorous physical activity. Ginger, its key ingredient, relieves inflammation and pain that can follow after a difficult physical activity, but also help with other things like acne, arthritis, eczema, depression, etc.
Fresh ginger contains the active compound gingerol which is a potent pain-reliever with no unfavorable side-effects that common pharmaceuticals can cause.
3. Get Your Daily Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition to replenishing electrolytes, there’s a lot of good reasons to imbibe apple cider vinegar!
It helps balance the body’s pH levels, keeps blood sugar levels balanced, aids in digestion by fostering the growth of healthy gut bacteria, protects the heart, and promotes healthy weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar is not only good for restoring electrolytes, it also helps your body stabilize its pH and blood sugar levels, stimulates the development of healthy gut bacteria which in turn enhances digestion, lowers the risk of heart diseases, and can help you lose some weight in a healthy way.
When you think about it, getting your required dose of ACV is much better and tastier when consumed through switchel rather than mixing it with a cup of water.
4. Enjoy the Beneficial Effects of Ginger
Since it is almost unlikely that you regularly include ginger in your diet, switchel offers you a tasty and refreshing way of consuming this wholesome plant.
Ginger has plenty of medicinal properties such as helping reduce cholesterol, enhance blood circulation, lower blood sugar levels, and relieve nausea, bloating, and heartburn caused by indigestion.
Moreover, the gingerol’s antioxidant properties enhance cognitive functions, attention span, memory, mental processing…
5. The Hidden Wonders of Pure Maple Syrup
Switchel can be made sweeter with raw honey or, the more traditional way, with pure maple syrup, which is a healthier option than artificial and refined sugars.
Maple syrup is made of tree sap, ergo making it nutritious and rich in calcium, manganese, riboflavin, zinc, and potassium.
How to Make Traditional Switchel:
Below are all the natural ingredients you’ll need to make switchel at your home.
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 6 ounces of fresh ginger root
- 4 cups of water or club soda
Mix the minced ginger with the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and water in big container and stir it till the maple syrup dissolves. It’s alright if there are small chunks of ginger at the bottom of the container.
Just add some ice in it and drink it straight away or put the jug in the fridge for the next 24 hours. Stir it before drinking.