Top 9 Reasons To Drink Buttermilk This Summer
Americans consume over 200 calories each day from sugary drinks. This has contributed to the epidemics of obesity and diabetes in their country.
Not to forget that sugary drinks are also responsible for the increased risk of heart disease, which is considered to be the number one killer of men and women in the US.
This disturbing trend has now spread to India with a 2015 study holding sugary drinks responsible for everyone in 200 deaths.
It’s high time all of us considered a healthier, safer option to quench our thirst.
Buttermilk is one of them. A fermented dairy product, buttermilk is produced from cow’s or buffalo’s milk and has a sour taste caused by lactic acid bacteria.
Here are a few reasons why you need to reach for that glass of buttermilk this summer!
Enhance digestion with probiotics - Buttermilk is rich in healthy bacteria called probiotics, which break down food and help the body in absorbing nutrients. In fact, it’s extensively used in Ayurveda to treat several diseases.
Ease acidity and constipation - If you consume less fibre or suffer from stomach reflux, drink buttermilk to soothe the stomach lining as well as to regulate your bowel movements.
Hydrate your body - Buttermilk has over 90% water, so it helps maintain the water balance of your body. It comes in especially handy after a spicy or heavy meal.
Beat the summer heat - The summer heat saps your body of electrolytes and water. Drink a glass of buttermilk to recharge these essential nutrients, reduce prickly heat and overcome general uneasiness.
Gain calcium without calories - If you’re lactose-intolerant, then buttermilk is your answer as the healthy bacteria present in it transform lactose into lactic acid and provide calcium without the calories present in milk.
Build your immunity - Buttermilk contains Vitamin B complex and Vitamin D. The latter helps strengthen your immune system. With just one serving of buttermilk, you can meet 21 percent of the daily suggested vitamin D intake!
Detoxify - Buttermilk contains riboflavin, which converts food to energy. Your body uses riboflavin to activate enzymes in each cell. In turn, it also aids the liver and helps your body detoxify.
Lower your cholesterol - Buttermilk has bioactive proteins that help lower cholesterol as well as your blood pressure.
Fight those ulcers - Buttermilk has a cooling effect—it coats the stomach lining, prevents heartburn and keeps acids from moving up the oesophagus.