We are in the health-conscious era. There are hundreds of types of exercises from yoga, tai chi to Gym and Martial Arts etc. Similarly for weight loss there different diets being mad popular like Protein diet, Atkins Diet, Vegan Diet, Dukan Diet, Paleo Diet. Again there are so many methods of treatment from Allopathy to Naturopathy to Homeopathy.
There are some people who are so obsessed about their health and fitness that don’t mind trying even unproven or disputed theories about health benefits as they are desperate to somehow be fit and healthy. The wisdom lies in staying with a philosophy of natural health and healing that combines a sound understanding of science with the understanding of natural functioning of body and the Mother Nature.
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I once watched a video of a mystic and yogi – Sadguru where he said that the body knows how to take care of itself, as a next stage he recommended the herbs which can be used to regain health. One of the points made by him was that herbs and home remedies are any day better compared to chemical products – the other name for medicines.
The modern generation believes in bottled beverages which are quick to use – just pull the can or bottle or the tetra pack from the refrigerator and start drinking. The drinks come in the form of aerated sugar flavored water, sweetened juices and many other types of concoction. Not necessarily they are healthy but it is fashionable to drink them as they are addictive in taste and the manufacturers spend millions of dollars on the advertising and other means of promotion.
In the overcrowded swarm of modern drinks, somewhere we seem to have forgotten the beneficial and healthy drinks such as Buttermilk, Lemonade, Sharbats etc. which have existed since our ancestor’s times. It is in this context that this article wants to remind the readers once again about one such health drink – Barley Water.
The moment you mention barley, the first thing that comes to the mind of anyone is Beer.
Barley is a cereal grain and a member of the grass family. Barley is an easily available cereal. It is very cheap also. It has many uses such as animal food, in making of beer and as an also ingredient in many health foods.
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Barley Water One Drink Many Benefits
The almost unnoticeable (innocuous looking) barley seeds are full of health benefits. The water made after boiling barley seeds is supposed to be beneficial in many ways.
Urinary Tract Infection
Barley water is excellent for giving you a relief if you have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) also known as Cystitis. Just like when you consume beer it makes you visit the toilet more than your usual frequency, drinking barley water also induces increased urination and works to flush out the toxins in the body.
Cystitis also known as a urinary tract infection (UTI), is quite common in women and young girls. It is caused by a bacterial infection. The infection inflames the lining of the bladder and urethra (the tube that takes urine from the bladder to the outside world).
Kidney and Urine Issues
- Barley water is a helpful drink for any kind of kidney issues. It helps to clean the bowels by flushing out the impurities from the system. Regular consumption of barley water is said to be helpful cleaning the kidneys and keeping them free of toxins and for preventing kidney stones from forming.
- Barley water also prevents urine from giving a stinking smell. It works in case of pregnant women or patients who are on hormone tablets.
Barley water also helps reduce burning sensation in the stomach as it is a cooling agent. Consume a glass of barley water daily for better digestion and control constipation.
Detox and Healthy Drink
Barley water works as an excellent drink to quench your thirst. It also brings down the heat content in the body. In some countries, people consume barley rice during summer for its cooling properties. Hence next time you think of reach out for an aerated drink, think of barley water instead
Since it is a natural drink, Barley water is a good cleanser. It flushes out the toxins effectively, especially drinking lemon barley water increases immunity.
- A study conducted by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that the fiber that comes from barley water lowers cholesterol. Hence, this is a good drink to keep you healthy and also for fitness freaks.
- Drinking barley water regularly and applying on the acne affected area (a thicker concentrate) reduces the inflammation and has a soothing effect.
- The insoluble fiber is also known to help women prevent formation of gallstones.
- Barley water also cuts risk of Type-2 diabetes.
- The antioxidants in barley water prevent cancerous growths.
- Regular consumption of barley water keeps a person satiated for a long time, making it perfect for including it in weight loss plan. Hence it is helpful for weight loss too.
With its many benefits, barley water is definitely the best beverage. The next time you reach for a bottle of aerated drink, you know what’s more healthier.
Method to prepare Barley Water
Boil a handful of barley seeds in a liter of water. Let is simmer and bring down the quantity to half. Strain it. Drink when the liquid has cooled and keep consuming barley water frequently during the day.
If you don’t enjoy the bland taste, then you could add a dash of lemon to the drink.
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Caution and Disclaimer:
There is no strong scientific evidence that barley water can cure a urinary tract infection. One of the best things you can do to help combat an infection is to drink a lot of water to flush your system and try to remove the bacteria. However, barley has many health benefits that go far beyond its possible ability to fight infection. It is a safe, cheap and healthy option to use to help clean your urinary track when there is a slight infection. However, chronic and serious infections should be treated by a doctor or health care professional.
Please use home remedies after proper research and guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.