The cold and heavy winter season, dominated by the water element aggravates kapha in our bodies. This explains why we feel so lazy and sleepy during these cold months. Along with this, the winter season also intensifies the digestive fire, causing an increase in Pitta, making us want to eat more than we are used to.
To balance kapha & pitta, barley is the perfect choice for the winters!
Easy to digest
Rich in fiber, it satiates your hunger and controls over-eating. It is lighter to digest as compared to other whole grains. Barley works as a cure for constipation and other digestive issues.
Helpful in UTI
Barley acts as a good detoxifier and a great diuretic, making it useful as a cure for urinary tract infections. Drinking a few glasses of barley water on a daily basis helps restore the electrolyte balance during infections and is also a good remedy for kidney stones. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and flavoured with lemon or sugar.
Packed with Essential Nutrients
The minerals in barley like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc & copper, along with its phytochemicals, reduce the risk of diabetes and heart diseases. At the same time, the soluble fibers and beta-glucans in barley make it capable to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
There are a number of easy ways to add this wonder grain to your diet.
Barley flour can be used to bake breads and prepare chapatis.
For a steaming, nutritious bowl of barley soup, boil fresh winter veggies and barley together.
Barley can also be used to top your salads, in stir-fries, curries, stews or cooked into a porridge, or khichdi. Mix and match it with other grains, veggies and spice your dish with warm herbs like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, fennel, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mustard seeds and honey.