You would have to be blind not to notice with a wave of kombucha drinks at our disposal. This fermented tea has been a wholesome staple for the health-conscious, thanks to its healing ability, including, calming tummy upsets, preventing gallstones and circulation issues, menopausal symptoms, digestion and liver problems it has even proved to thicken thinning hair. But it's the fermented beverage made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that when added to brewed black tea has celebs such as Gwenyth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Halle Berry hooked. And now there is a slew of new beauty products touting its healing abilities. The list of skin loving accolades for kombucha includes skin hydrating, brightening and firming. The best on offer include, Juara Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer, to those that flaunt its anti-ageing properties emerginC peptide booster serum.
But the new buzz in organic goodness is Switchel, a drink that has brilliant anti-ageing benefits not to mention the way it can beat the bloat. According to nutritionist Brooke Alpert, the drink has similar health benefits to kombucha. It's tart, gingery taste takes a bit of getting used to, but it can be sweetened with honey or maple syrup. "Apple cider vinegar helps ease inflammation and aid a healthy gut bacteria while ginger helps with bloating and boosts immunity," she says. US based companies such as Cide Road, and Up Mountain make the best brews, however it's easy to make at home.
To make Switchel add:
Two tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
Two teaspoons maple syrup or honey
One teaspoon fresh ginger grated
1 cup of water
Combine all ingredients in a jar or glass. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours and up to 24 hours.
Strain through a fine sieve to remove ginger taste to adjust sweetness.
Pour over ice and serve.