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Ayurveda wants you to beat the heat with bael juice and we’re here to help with this easy recipe

Updated on:26 June 2020, 11:30am IST
Is the summer heat getting to you? Well, stay cool with bael fruit juice courtesy this easy recipe that you can whip up in a jiffy.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Bael fruit is truly a wonder food. Image courtesy Shutterstock

What comes to your mind when you hear the word superfood? We are sure that things like chia, quinoa, flax seeds and so on must top your charts. Isn’t it? But what about desi superfoods suggested by Ayurveda that have been aiding good health since forever? 

Sadly, we have made them the Ayurvedic foods third-grade citizens in our diet because they don’t sound as “lit” as many others. But this is the biggest mistake you could possibly be making. And if you’re guilty of this sin, then we must draw your attention to one such desi superfood that can rescue you from this heat: bael fruit.

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Also known as bel, this fruit is a summer splendour that you might remember from trips to your nani or dadi’s house. Known for its cooling effect on the body, the juice of this fruit can help prevent dehydration and help you brave the summer. 

So let’s knock on nostalgia’s door with this home-made bael juice recipe that you are going to want more of.  

Ingredient
1 bael fruit
250 ml water
Rock salt to taste
Chat masala to taste
1 lemon
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cumin powder
2-3 ice cubes
3-4 mint leaves for garnish

Preparation

  1. Remove the peel of the bael fruit and scoop the pulp in a bowl. Now add water and let the fruit soak for half an hour.
  2. Using your hands crush this pulp in the water until it reaches the desired consistency. You can add more water if you find the mixture to be too dense.
  3. When water and pulp are mixed thoroughly, add honey, salt, chat masala, cumin powder, and lemon juice. Mix it well.
  4. Now put ice cubes in a glass and pour the juice over them. Garnish it with mint leaves and enjoy this summer slush. 

Here are four benefits of drinking bael juice this summer
Bael fruit is a rich source of vitamins C and A, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, fibre, vitamin B1, B6, and B12. Due to this, this fruit is laden with multiple benefits like: 

1. It can help relieve constipation
Bowel movement becomes a major concern in the summer, but thankfully bael fruit can help you with that. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this fruit helps in easing bowel movements thanks to the fibre in it.

bael juice
Want to keep your diabetes in check? Try Bael juice. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. It also controls diabetes
If someone in your family is finding it hard to control their blood sugar levels then a glass of beal juice can be a lifesaver. According to a study published in the Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, consuming bael fruit juice twice daily for a period of 30 days can result in a significant decrease in blood glucose levels.

3. It heals skin rashes
This fruit is rich in antioxidants and acts as a natural coolant for the body, therefore healing skin rashes.

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Have a skin rash? Bael juice can help cool it down internally,ladies! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Bael fruit helps in controlling cholesterol
A study published in Lipids in Health and Disease says that bael juice and the extracts from its leaves, both have amazing effects on cholesterol levels–thus keeping them in check.
 
So, don’t take this summer fruit for granted and have yourself a healthy season with a chilled glass of bael juice. 

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.