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Make this 3-ingredient homemade tonic for pennies

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Move over kombucha — there’s a new health tonic in town.

And even though I’ve been a devout kombucha-drinker for years, it’s time to part ways…

It’s not because kombucha is an acquired taste… or that it isn’t phenomenally amazing — far from it!

In an average bottle of kombucha you’ll find a full laundry list of health-boosting nutrients:

  • Live probiotics
  • B-vitamins
  • Amino acids
  • Polyphenols
  • Digestive enzymes

But at $3.00 to $4.00 per bottle it’s not a cheap habit — especially if you drink it every day like I was doing.

Of course, there’s always the option to make your own — that is if you don’t mind waiting up to 30 days to enjoy the benefits of your homemade brew.

But if you want to experience the health-boosting benefits of kombucha right now without breaking the bank, there is another option…

It’s an increasingly popular health tonic that’s so easy to make, you could throw it together in your kitchen today — and drink it almost immediately. You may even already have the three simple ingredients you need in your pantry right now.

The tonic I’m talking about is switchel.  And if you’ve never heard of it, that’s because it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream yet. But my guess is… lots of kombucha drinkers will be making the switch to switchel.

Like kombucha, switchel has a long history as a healing tonic. Some say the roots of switchel go as far back as ancient Greece.

But switchel was definitely a favorite drink among American colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries… especially farmers who referred to it as Haymaker’s Punch because it was a great refresher while working in the fields.

It’s considered hydrating, energizing and will give your immune system a swift boost. All this and it’s so easy anyone can make it…

Besides water, switchel only contains three simple and inexpensive everyday ingredients… apple cider vinegar, pure maple syrup and fresh grated ginger. But all three ingredients pack a powerful punch…

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is one of those amazing natural remedies that seems to make every health ailment better — from indigestion to reducing heart disease risk and more. That’s because, like kombucha, it’s fermented and contains a healthy dose of probiotics, along with other health-boosting nutrients like amino acids, pectin (a prebiotic that supports your gut), potassium and magnesium. It also has proven antibiotic and antifungal properties and is thought to balance your body’s pH levels. But be sure to get a brand of apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother,” else you’ll miss out on the fermented benefits.
  • Pure maple syrup: Yes, it’s a sweetener. But it’s one of the few sweeteners that contains a crazy long list of vitamins and minerals, like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and B6. And besides all of these nutrients, maple syrup contains free radical-fighting antioxidants too. Some research shows maple syrup may also protect against Alzheimer’s.
  • Fresh ginger: Ginger is good for your gut. There’s no denying that. If you eat it with or after a meal, it will help balance your blood sugar levels and aid in digestion. And it’s definitely one of the best sources of relief if you’re suffering from nausea, gas, diarrhea or pretty much any other stomach ailment. But it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory that’s been shown to have anti-cancer properties to boot.

In some places you can buy bottled switchel at the store. But it’s such a simple drink you might as well make your own.

So if you’re ready to make the switch to switchel, here’s how to do it:

  1. Make sure you have apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger and pure maple syrup. You will also need a large jar and filtered or seltzer water too. Choose seltzer water if you want your drink to be effervescent like kombucha.
  1. Combine the following in your jar:
  • 4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • At least one teaspoon of grated ginger (you can add more if you like)
  • 4 cups of your water of choice
  1. Put the lid on your jar and shake until all of the ingredients are combined.
  1. Serve it over ice, or let it steep in your fridge for one to two days.
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