1. Fiber boost:
Barley water benefits the digestive system. It is an excellent source of fiber, which helps to keep the
digestive system healthy by contributing to healthy bowel movements and helping people avoid problems such as constipation.
In addition to its high fiber content, barley also contains a mix of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
2. Lowers cholesterol:
A 2010 analysis of clinical trials found that barley may reduce the level of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
3. Helps balance gut bacteria:
The balance of natural gut bacteria plays an essential role in keeping a person healthy. Studies have shown that consuming barley-based foods leads to a reduction of gut bacteria called Bacteroides.
4. Lowers blood sugar levels:
Barley-based foods have been shown to help boost the number of beneficial bacteria prevotella in the gut. These bacteria have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels for up to 11–14 hours.
Keeping blood sugar levels in check can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can also help those who have diabetes manage their blood glucose levels.
5. Encourages weight loss
Barley water can be made with pearl barley seeds, lemons and water.
Barley water can be easily made at home
To make 8 cups of lemon barley water you will need:
¾ cup of pearl barley seeds
2 lemons (juice and peel)
8 cups of water
You can follow the steps below to make barley water:
Rinse the barley under cold water until water runs clear.
Put the barley in a saucepan, along with the lemon peel and 6 cups of water.
Bring the mixture to the boil over medium heat.
Turn down the heat and simmer for between 15 minutes.
Strain the mixture into a heatproof bowl and discard the barley.
Pour into bottles and refrigerate. Drink 1 glass early morning empty stomach for best results.
Can even make barley khichadi with moong dal and loads of vegetables, my personal favorite for dinner. Absolutely nutritious and tasty.
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