Barley water: benefits and properties
If we talk about natural healing drinks, which are useful and that help from a natural point of view when it comes to treating or alleviating different health problems and conditions, it is quite likely that it comes to your mind. rice water. Indeed, it is a natural option useful when it comes to soothing digestive discomfort and cutting diarrhea, helping to normalize intestinal transit.
Deepening a little more, we can find other lesser known vegetable drinks, but equally beneficial to our health. This is the case of barley water, which is obtained directly from the grains of barley, a very nutritious cereal that becomes an excellent alternative for those who suffer from gluten intolerance. In addition, it is very rich in fiber, helps reduce cholesterol and relieves constipation problems.
Benefits of barley water
It helps us to relax
Barley water is especially useful to help us to better combat situations of stress and anxiety, thanks to the fact that barley is especially rich in essential nutrients such as minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium) and vitamins, which provide an alkalizing and remineralizing effect.
In fact, it can be taken as an infusion when it is still hot (although it is usual to drink it very cold), so simply doing so will help us to relax in the same way that it relaxes us taking any other tea or tea. In short, it becomes a moment of calm and enjoyment, ideal to be with ourselves.
Helps to detoxify the kidneys and spleen
As we have already commented on other occasions, every so often it is highly advisable to opt for the natural cleansing of our organs and our body in general, especially the liver and kidneys.
In this sense, barley water becomes a very good option when it comes to purifying the kidneys, and its use for the detoxification of the spleen is also interesting.
Good against cardiovascular diseases
While barley helps in controlling cholesterol (so it is an interesting natural remedy when you have to lower high cholesterol), barley water is also useful in case of heart disease and cardiovascular disease, thanks to its content in essential fatty acids.
Beneficial in pregnancy and lactation
It is a very beneficial drink for both pregnancy and breastfeeding. In the case of pregnancy is very beneficial not only for the future mother (for its nutritional and relaxing qualities, ideal when you are very nervous in the first months of pregnancy, which in fact is quite common), but also for the fetus.
During the lactation stage, it stands out for its nutritional wealth, by providing proteins, minerals and vitamins, which are extremely beneficial for the production of breast milk.
If you want to learn how to make delicious drinks with barley, discover our article in which we explain how to make barley milk.
How to make barley water?
The process is really very simple, as we indicated below:
What do you need?
- 100 gr. of barley grains
- 1 l. of water
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 slice of lemon
- To sweeten: honey, brown sugar or whole cane sugar
- Put the barley grains in a colander and wash them under the water tap.
- Put the liter of water in a saucepan along with the barley grains, and bring to a boil.
- Once it begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer until the grains are tender.
- Finally strain the water, sweeten to taste, add cinnamon and lemon and drink when cold.
How to take barley water?
The most usual thing is to drink the barley water when the drink is cold, and aromatize it with a pinch of cinnamon and some lemon. It can also be sweetened to taste, either with honey, with panela or with whole cane sugar (it is not advisable to sweeten with white sugar).
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