BM #69 Week 3 Day 1 -
This week it is all about 4 ingredient recipes which make life easy and interesting. For today check out this nutritional powerhouse, Barley, in a beverage form.
Ayurveda claims that barley water is a magical beverage to maintain good health. It is an excellent diuretic, recommended for treatment of Urinary Tract Infections and also keeps the body cool during summers.
Apart from the above mentioned popular uses, here is what I compiled from various sources on the web.
Aids in Detoxification
Barley Water helps flush out the toxins from our body and the intestines through the urinary tract.
Helps in Digestion
Since it is a light beverage, it is easy on the stomach and the presence of some minerals aids in digestion. It stimulates the metabolism of fats.
Promotes Weight Loss
Barley is an excellent source of fiber and therefore aids in weight loss. It tends to fill you up for a longer time thereby cutting down food intake.
Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The presence of fiber and beta-glucans, inhibits the absorption of LDL and triglycerides from food and keeps a check on blood sugar as well. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in keeping the body cool and protecting the heart as well.
Barley water is packed with B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium. They boost your immunity. the beta-glucans help activate the immunity as well.
Prevents Gallstone formation
The insoluble fiber in barely water can act against gallstone formation.
The phosphorus and copper content in barley grass guarantees overall good health of bones. The phosphorous content in barley effectively cures bone and tooth ailments. If you have osteoporosis, it can be your natural remedy. Barley grass juice is known to have 11 times greater calcium content than milk.
Flushes out Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of lemon barley water has been recommended while flushing kidney stones. Barley is rich in magnesium, which may help to prevent kidney stones from occurring in the first place, as well as aids in flushing out toxins.
Improves Skin Health
Since barley water is a detoxification agent, it helps you maintain clear and glowing skin. Barley also contains a compound called azelaic acid that is used to treat mild to moderate acne. It also helps reduce inflammation associated with skin breakouts and prevents clogged pores.
The antioxidants present in barley water help fight free radicals, helping to reduce the signs of aging and maintain younger-looking skin.
Recipe Source MIL
Pearl Barley 2 Tbsp
Water 3 cups
Lime/Lemon Juice as needed
Method Of Preparation -
Soak the barley preferably for over 4 hours. [Optionally coarse grind barley and proceed].
Pressure cook the soaked / coarsely ground barley with 3 cups of water, for about 6-7 hisses. It can also be cooked in a pan on the stove top for about 30-40 minutes or until the barley grains are thoroughly cooked through.
Strain and drink it warm with a splash of lime juice.
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Preparation Time 40 minutes