Health Benefits Of Drinking Buttermilk In Summer

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Summer is just round the corner! Everything cool is so soulful. Be it a sudden breeze or the shadow of a tree or a bowl full of summer fruits. I am sure you agree to what I've just stated.

I could actually swap anything for a bowl of ice cream or a glass of chilled buttermilk on a sweaty summer day.

Well, I have taken a health resolution this year, so I have promised myself to cut on all aerated cold drinks. I am going to pick a natural drink every time I need one.

Even you can get a wide range of options like fresh fruit juices, lassi, cold coffee, nimbu pani, coconut water, buttermilk, etc, the choice is just unlimited.

Did you know that buttermilk has been categorised as a sattvic food in Ayurveda? It is a curd and water-based drink made with the addition of some spices such as salt, black salt, asafoetida, jeera powder (cumin), chaat masala and garnished by some finely chopped coriander leaves, ginger, chillies and curry leaves.

Buttermilk is known by many different names in different parts of India such as Chaas, Chaach, Takramrut, Mattha, etc. Even the process of preparing buttermilk varies in all parts of India; however, the goodness remains the same.

Hence, read on to know more about some amazing health benefits of buttermilk and remember to pick a chilled glass of it to quickly cool down your system in summers.

 

Cools Down Your Body Temperature

Buttermilk is an instant natural refresher drink that you can have especially in summers.

It quickly cools down your body temperature.

Drinking buttermilk also relieves women from hot flushes that occur in the pre- and post-menopausal stages.

 

Aids In Digestion

Buttermilk is a curd-based drink and curd is loaded with probiotics.

This increases the growth of healthy gut flora in your body.

The added spices prevent indigestion further and cause excessive burping and thereby help in soothing down your digestive tract.

 

Buttermilk Soothes Your Stomach After A Spicy Meal

Buttermilk helps you combat the after-effects of a spicy indulgence.

Milk and milk-based products contain proteins that are known to neutralise the spice and help in cooling your system.

Buttermilk also helps you fight acidity.

 

Buttermilk Washes Down Fats After Your Meal

You feel like literally you're in food coma after having that plate full of biryani, right?

Drinking buttermilk will bring you back to reality.

Gulping down a glass of buttermilk, just after a rich meal, will help in washing down the oil and spices that coat your stomach lining, giving you an instant relief.

 

Fulfils Calcium Deficiency In Lactose Intolerant People

We require a daily intake of about 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium to maintain our bone health.

Drinking buttermilk helps the lactose-intolerant people to fulfill that calcium deficiency, since they have to avoid milk.

 

Buttermilk Is A Store-house Of Nutrients

Other than calcium, buttermilk is a rich source of proteins, vitamin B and potassium.

All of these minerals and vitamins work wonders for your overall health.

Buttermilk is also a great source of lactic acid that helps fight harmful pathogens and bacteria, thereby boostsboosting your immune system.

 

Buttermilk Helps In Preventing Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol And Blood Pressure

Regular consumption of buttermilk can help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

It contains bio-active protein that lowers the cholesterol level and help you in reducing blood pressure significantly.

Bio-active protein in buttermilk also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-carcinogenic properties.

 

It Has Amazing Benefits On The Skin

The lactic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) content in buttermilk help soften and brighten the skin.

They also act as a good anti-ageing compound for the skin and help in removing dark spots, skin tan and sunburn.

 

Makes Your Hair Healthy And Beautiful

Washing dry and damaged hair with buttermilk in summers can make your hair appear soft and shiny.

Buttermilk is an excellent conditioner and heals the damaged hair, leaving it unbelievably soft and shiny.

 

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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