Even as parts of the country get the first rains, here are a few recipes to stave off the scorching heat
Summer brings with it a lot of skin, digestive and other problems. With the increase in temperature and heat waves across India, it is natural for our body to have a digestive imbalance. Dr Smita Naram, co-founder of Ayushakti, has some quick Ayurvedic recipes to keep yourself hydrated this summer. Follow them to beat the heat.
CCF Tea is nothing but a nutritious beverage made out of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. You might be aware of these spices for seasoning your food. If you have been working to take care of your eating patterns because of your busy schedule, sipping on CCF Tea can benefit you significantly. It’s excellent for your digestive system, eradicates waste, and manages vital body functioning.
The collective health benefits of CCF Tea include improving the digestive fire (without being overly heating), aiding in weight loss, boosting the absorption of nutrients, detoxifying the entire system, relaxing the nervous system, and working towards balancing all the doshas.
¼ tbsp fennel seeds
¼ tbsp coriander seeds
¼ tbsp cumin seeds or less depending on your taste
1 glass chilled or room temperature water
- Powder together the fennel, coriander and cumin seeds.
- Mix into the glass of water and drink.
Tip: You can also make the powder in larger proportions and store in an airtight container for quick use.
Sweet Sattu Drink
Sattu sherbat is a refreshing drink that will help you beat the heat. Sattu is flour made from gram and other pulses with high protein, and is also known as an energy powerhouse. It is a staple food in North India. During heat waves, it helps to reduce restlessness, tiredness and fatigue. The sattu drink can be both sweet and savoury. Having this drink daily will help in improving digestion, detoxify the body, and improve appetite.
Jaggery or sugar
1 glass chilled water
Mix the sattu flour and jaggery or sugar into the chilled water. Stir well.
Bael or Bilva Sharbat
Wood apple (bael) is also known as bilva in Sanskrit. It is a rich source of vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin B that helps fight common diseases. Other than its medicinal properties, bael is a tasty cooler in high temperatures. Having this drink daily will help one stay cool from the inside.
1 medium bael
1 cup water
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
Black salt, to taste
- Scoop out the flesh of the bael fruit and mix it with water.
- Add the cumin powder and salt and stir well.
Dr Smita Naram is an well-accomplished Ayurvedic physician, pharmaceutical herbalist and nutritionist, who has been bringing ancient health solutions to individuals since 1987.
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