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Health Drink

This is a simple and fantastic Health Drink which cleanses the body system and keeps your body refreshing and healthy. This simple and nourishing health drink is made with the concentrate extracts of bitter-gourd pieces, black pepper powder, crystal sugar or kalkandam or misri, dry ginger powder, ginger that is mixed with honey and had early in the morning. Honey is nature’s energy booster having great natural sweetness.

Honey has immense health benefits that go beyond its fantastic taste. It is a natural source of carbohydrates that provide strength and energy to our body. Honey is widely used in Ayurveda medicines and is a great immunity system builder and has a natural remedy to cure many ailments. Its natural fruit sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise.

The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant. Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and keeps you stay healthy and fight diseases.

Honey and lemon juice mixed in warm water and taken early morning in an excellent cleansing tonic and helps in weight loss! Honey also possesses carcinogen preventing and anti-tumor properties. Honey can be used as home remedies with other ingredients to cure many ailments such as: The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used in oriental medicine for centuries and people have claimed that the mixture is a formula for many health benefits and a cure for many ailments including hair loss and bad breath.

Adding honey to diary products such as sour milk and yoghurts can improve your digestion and bowel movements. The antioxidants in honey are a cholesterol fighter and have the potential to protect against heart disease! Bitter gourd or Karela is a tropical vegetable which is used in various forms like as vegetable or juice to treat various ailments like diabetes, colic, sores, fungal infections etc.

Bitter gourd is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2 and C and contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper and potassium. It aids in purifying blood tissue, enhances digestion, and stimulates the liver. Since ancient days, the extracts of Bitter gourd have been used in natural medicine. Bitter gourd is a blood purifier, activates spleen and liver. It is a purgative, appetizer and digestive.

The seeds, leaves and vines of this plant are used for medicinal purposes. Like most bitter fruits and vegetables it promotes digestion. Asians have been using bitter gourd to treat malaria since long. It is also said to have positive effect in controlling blood sugar level.

The three active constituents in bitter melon know as steroidal saponins (charntin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids) are believed to be responsible for the blood-sugar lowering. Rich in iron, bitter melon has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas. It’s used to treat blood disorders like blood boils, scabies, ring worm etc.

Bitter gourd is seldom mixed with other vegetables due to its strong bitter flavor. This vegetable is used in making stir fry dishes and soup in Chinese cuisine. Karela Fry – Bitter Gourd Fry, Stuffed Bitter Gourd with Sweet Potato (This is a stuffed bitter gourd recipe which combines the bitter taste of the gourd with the sweetness of sweet potato to make it a good tasty dish) and Bitter Gourd Gojju (KARELA SWEET AND SOUR CURRY) (This dish is made with bitter gourd, tamarind, jaggery and rasam powder which gives a nice taste to the vegetable and doesn't taste very bitter), Stuffed Karela Fry and Karela Pakodi Fry (Crispy Karela Chips) etc are few of the popular dishes prepared in most of the Indian homes.

Bitter Gourd also known as Bitter Melon has tremendous health benefits. It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, beta-carotene, potassium and manganese. Ginger is another common and popular herb used as a spice in many cuisines world wide. In many countries, the ginger had also been used as a medicinal ingredient.

Ginger has a strong distinct flavor that can increase the production of saliva. Ginger root is traditionally used with sweet foods in Western cuisine being included in popular recipes such as ginger ale, gingerbread, ginger biscuits and ginger cake. Ginger tea is a popular beverage prepared in many Indian houses as it is said that ginger help in curing diabetes, head aches, colds, fatigue, nausea and the flu when used in tea or food. The health benefits of honey and ginger in treating respiratory problems are unmatched by any other concoction.

Ginger has a list of medicinal properties that is well known such as: it is anti-nausea, anti-clotting agent, antispasmodic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, carminative and so on….Ginger is used in many home remedies to cure persistent cough, sore throat etc. Take a half teaspoonful of ginger powder, a pinch of clove with a pinch of cinnamon powder and honey in a cup of boiled water and drink it as tea which reduces the persistent cough.

Crystal sugar or misri or kalakandam is an excellent natural sweetener for making tea or coffee and simply looks pretty on the table. This rock candy makes a good substitute for dessert after meals. It is extensively used in India with aniseed (commonly known as Saunf in Hindi) as mouth freshener especially eaten after meals. You would find this combo offered along with the check or bill at most Indian restaurants.

To prepare this luscious Health Drink, firstly take 300 ml of water in a saucepan or vessel and add all the ingredients into the water except honey. Boil the water until the quantity is reduced to half.

Filter and add honey to the filtrate extract and mix well and drink this early in the morning, preferably after exercise. This wonderful Health drink keeps your body refreshing, cooling, cleanses the system and an energy drink.

Do try this simple and yummy health and keep yourself and your kids fit.

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