A Slovakian proverb goes like this: Water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. Very aptly said, water indeed is the essence of life on earth. There is no such thing as ‘let’s switch from water to something else.’ Isn’t it?
While it is convenient for us to intermittently choose, completely give up or alternate between a variety of foods available on the planet, switching from H2O (be it in plain form or infusion based), to something else, is not a leverage nature has provided us with.
While plain water is a sure shot winner and the need to drink water to stay hydrated has been reiterated umpteen times, there are certain age-old infused water remedies that can benefit our health to a great extent. Nothing can beat the power of a nice herb concocted water with a dash of honey. Make it a part of your summer refreshment schedule and you are all set to combat all trivial or crucial ailments hot weather arrives with.
All it takes is mixing a simple ingredient into a cup of cold or hot water and sip on. However, not forgetting the regular six to eight glasses of water a day rule, the infusions should merely be added to your water regime.
This summer season, try these effective water home remedies for different ailments. These water concoctions are easy to make and easier to digest. If taken in moderation, they do not have any side effects and are stomach friendly too.
Ginger is a potential stomach soother. Loaded with digestive properties, no one says no to a cup of ginger tea or ‘Adrak chai’. Consume boiled and cooled ginger water every morning to keep the blood sugar levels balanced.
Mint water is an excellent way to fully reap the digestive benefits of the herb. Laden with menthol, mint has ample digestive properties. Simmer a few mint leaves in boiling water and allow it to seep for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for one hour before consuming.
Lemon is highly alkaline and diuretic in nature. These properties are beneficial to combat many ailments by encouraging the elimination of water via urine. Squeeze lemon juice into a cup of warm water with a dash of honey and have it first thing in the morning to aid weight loss, regulate pH levels and support good kidney health.
Known as the golden spice, turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that is very effective at reducing inflammation. Drinking turmeric water combats Alzheimer's and flushes out bacteria from the body. A pinch of turmeric in warm water is good to go.
The beta-glucans present in barley water help clean the system, besides keeping our cholesterol levels in check. It also contains ample fibre. Boil water adding a pinch of black salt, allow it to cool before consumption.
Cucumber is loaded with Vitamin B and is rich in potassium and magnesium. It lowers blood pressure, aids weight loss and promotes hydration. Sink some cucumber slices into your water, leave for one hour and your cucumber water is ready.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, balances blood sugar, helps cut the risk of diabetes and prevents hunger pangs. Soak one small spoon of cinnamon in a cup of water overnight. Boil and wait for it to cool down and then have it the next morning.
Jeera is rich in iron, which increases blood. It has anti-congestive properties that can help stimulate the production of enzymes and boost metabolism. Boil a handful of cumin seeds and consume water upon cooling.
Coriander has myriad benefits. They help balance the hormones, enhance digestion, help in losing weight and provide relief for thyroid patients. This water is beneficial to relieve arthritis too. Soak one spoon of coriander seeds overnight in potable water. Strain the seeds in the morning and drink the water on an empty stomach.