Birch, bamboo and aloe vera water: here’s what you need to know

The health benefits of drinking these waters...

It’s 2016, if you’re not drinking water sourced from a plant or a tree you’re doing it all wrong.

Heralded as natural youth elixirs, birch, bamboo and aloe vera are the waters you want to be necking back right now.

The thing is, we’re all a sucker for a zen-inducing buzzword but what are the REAL benefits to these trendy answers to tap water?

Birch water
The birch tree, often called ‘the tree of life’, has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries throughout Europe and China, and is claimed to treat everything from flu, headaches and dandruff, to eczema, cellulite and liver disease.

Birch sap contains electrolytes such as potassium that help with hydration and flavonoids that are rich in antioxidant properties. But be warned – birch also contains sugars and may contain even higher amounts in commercial usage.

Which brand to try? Tapped Trees.

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Tapped Organic Birch Water

Bamboo water

Like coconut water, bamboo is naturally hydrating. It’s sugar-free and contains only five calories per 100ml. Bamboo boosts natural collagen production, helping to inhibit the ageing process and is one of the strongest natural sources of silica – the mineral which helps support healthy skin, hair and nails.

Bonus: bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet, making this drink more environmentally-friendly than other tree waters.

Which brand to try? Sibberi.

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Sibberi Bamboo Water

Aloe water

Aloe Vera water is credited to helping the immune system, encouraging normal blood sugar, reducing redness and swelling, aiding digestion and even improving your mood. Best of all it’s natural and totally safe. Surprised? Don’t be. Aloe vera contains a wealth of nutrients, like vitamins A, C, E, and B12, as well as minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium.

Want to know more about the health benefits of aloe vera? Check out this article on Health Ambition.

Which brand to try? Simplee Aloe.

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Simplee Aloe Water

Maple water
As the name suggests, this liquid is the substance collected from maple trees as one of the first steps in making maple syrup. Surprisingly touted as a lower-sugar alternative to coconut water, one of the most interesting components of maple water is abscisic acid (ABA), a compound used by plants to aid in their adaptations to stress. In humans, it helps shuttle sugar out of the blood stream and can also stimulate immune function.

Which brand to try? DRINKmaple.

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DRINKMaple Water

Watermelon water

High in potassium and beta-carotene, watermelon water packs the most concentrated nutrition of any of the waters listed. Watermelon rinds are also rich in citrulline, a precursor to the amino acid, arginine, which aids in blood vessel health.

What brand to try? Mello.

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Mello Watermelon Water

Cactus water
Unlike the other waters, cactus water requires a little more processing. It is made from prickly pear concentrate, water, natural flavours and prickly pear extract. While antioxidants are an important, cactus water has an edge over coconut water because it’s packed with betalains, which have anti-inflammatory properties and help fight cell damage, helping keep your skin looking young.

What brand to try? True Nopal.

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True Nopal Cactus Water

Coconut Water
Low in calories, low in fat and high in important vitamins and minerals, some have gone as far as to tout coconut water as an alternative to water altogether, on account of its rehydrating properties.

Dubbed “nature’s Gatorade”, coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that provides many of the same benefits as a sports drink – including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium in their natural form. But while it’s relatively low in calories, most of them can be accounted to sugars…

What brand to try? Vita Coco.

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Vita Coco Coconut Water

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