5 drinks to beat the summer heat

With temperatures skyrocketing during summer, it’s no surprise if you crave for beverages to cool yourself. Your first choice may be refrigerated water, juices, soft drinks or ice cream. But these would do more harm than good to your body.  However, that does not mean water at room temperature is the only option left to keep yourself hydrated!

Well, water is a must-have during summer. But you can also try out the summer drinks that Ayurveda recommends. 

Here are five traditional Ayurvedic drinks that can help you keep your body cool and hydrated during the hot summer months: 


Barley water 

Barley water is a traditional Ayurvedic drink that is consumed during the summer months. To make barley water, take one cup of barley and two cups of water in a pan. Boil the mixture for ten minutes with a lid on, strain it, and drink the water.  


This drink is an excellent way to keep your body hydrated and prevent urinary tract infections. Barley water is also good for the liver and kidneys and can help flush out toxins from the body.  


Sugarcane Juice 

Sugarcane juice is another popular drink in Ayurveda, especially during the summer months. It is recommended to drink not more than 50 ml of sugarcane juice per day.  


Sugarcane juice can help lower body heat and reduce the Pitta Dosha in the body. It is rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, making it an excellent drink for rehydration.  


Coriander seeds water 

Coriander seeds water is a traditional Ayurvedic drink that is made by soaking coriander seeds in water overnight. Drinking this water can help reduce Pitta Dosha in the body and keep your body cool.  


Coriander seeds are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent various health problems.  


Ash gourd Juice 

Ash gourd juice is a traditional Ayurvedic drink that can help cool down the body and mind. It is recommended to drink not more than 50 ml of ash gourd juice per day. 


To make ash gourd juice, blend the ash gourd and strain the juice. Drink it as a shot with rock sugar. Drinking too much ash gourd juice can be Vata aggravating.  


Tender coconut water 

Tender coconut water is a natural coolant and is the perfect drink for summer.  It can aid in rehydrating the body because it is a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 


Summer can be a challenging season with the temperatures soaring high. While the sun can be harsh on the skin and body, Ayurveda has many traditional remedies to beat the heat and stay cool. You can combat the summer heat and keep your body cool and hydrated by drinking the above-mentioned Ayurvedic summer drinks.  

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