BUTTERMILK FOR BETTER HEALTH

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buttermilkThere are several foods which have special health benefits according to Ayurveda. One such healthy food is buttermilk. It is called “Takra” in Spanish and has a great impact on one’s physical well-being. Buttermilk is known for its ability to ensure proper circulation of nutrients throughout the human system and that they are absorbed effectively by tissues. This results in a strong immune system, which is absolutely essential especially now,given that we are in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Buttermilk also boosts digestion, promotes complexion, and provides feelings of contentment to the consumer.

The benefits of buttermilk are not only highlighted in Ayurveda; modern medicine also acknowledges the versatile and beneficial nature of this cooling drink. Rich in potassium, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B12, it is important to include this in your regular diet. It is also rich in probiotics which enhances gut health, improving overall digestion process. This makes it the ideal drink for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), indigestion, constipation and more.

Though buttermilk is available in a prepackaged form in stores, it is better to make it at home. Homemade buttermilk is far more effective in pacifying body heat, and can even help tackle anemia, liver disease, hemorrhoids and even anorexia. Use fresh natural yoghurt and use the following recipes to make pure, delicious buttermilk. This is slightly different from what is typically used as buttermilk in the western world.

SWEET BUTTERMILK

INGREDIENTS

1 part fresh yoghurt

4 parts water

1/2 tsp jaggery

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of cardamom powder

1 tsp rosewater

METHOD

  • Mix the yoghurt and water to achieve a good consistency.
  • Add the jaggery to taste.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients for a sweet yet refreshing drink.

SAVORY BUTTERMILK

INGREDIENTS

1 part yoghurt

4 parts water

1/4 cucumber

1tbsp mint

A pinch of salt

A pinch of cumin powder

METHOD

  • Mix the yoghurt and water to achieve a good consistency.
  • Add salt as required. But do not overdo this.
  • Mix in the other ingredients and enjoy.

SIMPLE BUTTERMILK

1 part yoghurt

4 parts water

A pinch of salt

A few curry leaves

A small piece of ginger

A pinch of turmeric powder

METHOD

  • Blend the yoghurt, ginger, salt, curry leaves, turmericpowder and water together. Strain into a glass and enjoy.

Always avoid adding fruit to your buttermilk as this is an incompatible combination which complicates digestion.

Add buttermilk to your diet to experience overall improvement in digestion and activity levels. Ayurvedic diet is comprehensive and consists of numerous elements, all of which work together for holistic health. Buttermilk is one such element, and can be a great accompaniment, especially during hot summer months.

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