Good with: Before, during or after a workout!
Other Flavors: None.
Why We Love It: Hailed as the “next coconut water”, birch water is quickly gaining popularity as the next natural super drink. Made with pure sap harvested from birch trees, birch tree water has been a traditional beverage enjoyed for thousands of years in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and other northern countries, and is now making its way to the US. With as much electrolytes as coconut water, this slightly sweet sap is not only hydrating and energizing, it carries with it a long list of other health benefits, including boosting immunity, fighting fatigue, treating arthritis and joint pain, lowering cholesterol, detoxifying the liver and kidneys, and rejuvenating skin. It is also antimicrobial properties and is a natural source of xylitol, which helps fight tooth decay. The flavor and mouth feel is very similar to water with just a tiny bit of sweetness, which is super refreshing (especially if drank cold) after a workout!
Meet the Makers: Byarozavik hand-harvests their birch water once a year in the Spring, from the forests of forests Eastern and Central Europe, particularly in Belarus. They harvest similarly to how maple syrup is harvested, tapping the trees to extract the liquid that has been filtered through the tree’s cellular structure (Hunger Games-style) but without the boiling or heat, so as to preserve maximal nutritional value. Their water is non-GMO and organic, with a tiny bit of added organic cane sugar to preserve the water beyond its natural 2-day shelf life without altering the water’s nutritional qualities. www.byarozavik.com
Fun Fact: The name Byarozavik is pronounced “b-yeah,” “rose,” “a,” “Vic”, with the accent on the middle syllable (“rosa”). It means birch tree water in Slavic!