Barley water is no less than an elixir for UTIs and weight loss! But only little do we know about its wonderful benefits. Here this article will help you uncover them!
According to Ayurveda, it is an excellent diuretic, which cures urinary tract infections (UTI) and also helps the body to keep cool during the summers.
Barley water is a traditional drink consumed in various parts of the world. It is made by boiling barley grains in water, then (usually) straining to remove the grains, and possibly adding other ingredients, for example, sugar.
Barley water ranks high in the category of healthy beverages because it is loaded with essential nutrients. Since barley is a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins, essential minerals (calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and copper), anti-oxidants and phytochemicals which are believed to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, barley water too draws out these benefits to make itself a health booster.
Regular usage of barley water helps flush out toxins from the body and the intestines through the urinary tract.
Since barley water acts as a diuretic, in many households in India, it is considered to be a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, and children or adults are often recommended a few glasses of barley water on a daily basis till the infection subsides. It is also said to be a good remedy for kidney stones or cysts.
In Ayurveda, barley water is considered a digestive tonic that helps in facilitating the process of digestion, especially for those who have low ‘Agni’. It is often recommended to those suffering from constipation or diarrhea, and it also helps restore the electrolyte balance during infections.
Since barley is an excellent source of fiber, barley water too retains this characteristic in some measure. It, therefore, proves to be a great option for those seeking to lose weight as it tends to fill you up for a longer time, thus cutting down on your food intake.
Being a good source of fiber and beta-glucans, barley water also works towards keeping a check on blood cholesterol (by inhibiting the absorption of LDL and triglycerides from food) and blood sugar (by improving insulin resistance).
Barley water has anti-inflammatory properties which not only help in cooling the body but in protecting the heart as well.
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which the thickening of arterial walls obstructs blood flow and increases the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Barley water can also help lower high blood pressure, another contributing factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Loaded with nutrients, barley water is recommended as a health drink for pregnant women. It’s ideal as it promotes digestion, prevents constipation, and eases morning sickness. Its diuretic nature helps treat water retention during pregnancy.
The presence of a compound called azelaic acid helps treat mild to moderate acne. The antioxidants help fight free radicals and reduce the signs of aging.
In addition to the free-radical fighting properties of barley and the vitamins and minerals in barley, barley water can support your immune system in another important way.
Now tell me, aren’t we missing out on something very much next to elixir?
Homemade barley water will be much better than the bottled ones available in the stores.
You can use hulled barley or pearl barley to make the drink. Ensure that you cook the grains well to extract the most nutrients from them.
Too much of anything is bad for health. The same goes for barley water too.