To birch or not to birch ?
Naturally hydrating and low in sugar (with 4 times less than coconut water) tree water, rising in popularity since 2015, is the latest beverage craze with hippies, celebrities and general well-being gurus everywhere!
So what is it?
Beautifully crisp and ever-so-slightly sweet, water can be tapped from birch, maple and bamboo trees in early spring – producing a thin liquid high in macronutrients, electrolytes and potassium. Enjoyed ice-cold it’s a wonderfully refreshing and healthy beverage.
Birch water is what the birch tree uses to feed itself, so naturally, it’s as efficient a source of hydration as there is. Don’t worry, brands like Sibberi only take enough water to fill their bottles, and the tree isn’t harmed.
The process is very simple. Growers attach a tap to the side of the birch tree, and when the tree is ready to start drawing water up through its roots, some of it is siphoned off for bottling along the way.
May reduce cellulite
There is some evidence to suggest that by removing harmful toxins from the body, birch water may reduce the appearance of cellulite, a condition which causes the skin to appear bumpy and pitted like the skin of an orange.
Great for your skin
Birch water is hydrating and full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which makes it great for your skin.
And that secret ingredient?
Xylitol for healthy teeth
That’s right, the stuff that’s in your toothpaste and chewing gum, that keeps your teeth healthy and cavity-free, is a naturally-occurring component of birch water.
Have you tried it yet ? What do you think - will it be something that you'll be adding to your beauty routine ?
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!