Switchel – a drink that helps with many ailments

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Swizzy, punch or water ginger under such names you can meet a drink that has many valuable properties. It stimulates, warms up, speeds up metabolism, provides electrolytes and is recommended for people with gastric problems. Find out what switchel is and why you should include it in your diet!

Although switchel seems to be a novelty, its recipe was developed in the 17th century. Its benefits were used mainly by the Caribbean people, but also by American farmers. Switchel provided them with potassium and electrolytes, so it quenched their thirst quickly and hydrated them better than water. What is more, it gave farmers working in the field a boost of energy.

Only later it was discovered that this precious drink has many other properties. Switchel stimulates metabolism and has a detoxifying effect, thanks to which it is often used by ladies wishing to lose a few extra pounds. Moreover, it alleviates unpleasant stomach and intestinal disorders, and strengthens immunity.

How to prepare switchel?

  • two cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Grate the ginger, then add all the ingredients to the warm water. Stir and set aside for 12 hours. After this time you can drink the finished drink. If you do not have maple syrup, it is worth using honey, which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The drink can be stored for 2 weeks.

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