Drinking plenty of plain water when you’re feeling under the weather is the most basic thing you can do to keep your system in balance. But there are also a number of Asian health drinks that can also ward away sickness, indigestion and aid in your general well-being. They’re easily available and inexpensive – all you have to do is probably just walk over to your kitchen to find these drinks! So,the next time you’re ill, consider these drinks in your road to wellness.
1. Ginger tea
According to a research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids as well as a trace of elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium and phosphorus. Drinking ginger tea can help to relieve cold and flu, bring instant relief from nausea and indigestion and cure vomiting related to chemotherapy and pregnancy. If you don’t like the taste of the ginger alone, try having it with green tea or lemon, or maybe a spoon of honey.
The old-age Punjabi drink, Lassi or yoghurt drink is more than just another refreshing summer drink. It has calcium, protein, carbohydrates, vitamin and riboflavin. Lassi is good for your digestion and stomach problem – it soothes the digestive tract, promotes digestive enzymes, aids in digestion, eases bloating and prevents constipation. Since lassi contains probiotics, it influences the growth of healthy bacteria while reducing the development of the bad ones. Aside from that, drinking a glass of lassi can help you keep up your energy level and to cool down when the heat is too much.
3. Coconut water
It’s no doubt that this is the ultimate thirst quencher. Often becoming an alternative to water, coconut drink is packed with nutrients and an array of health benefits. Coconut water aids the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux, boosts hydration, reduce blood pressure, promotes regularity of bowel movements and can be consumed as a stand-alone beverage or combined with other liquid product.
4. Chrysanthemum tea
Acts as a natural coolant, chrysanthemum tea have been around for more than thousands of years and believed to have originated in Song Dynasty in China. When infused in hot water, the flowers release a variety of antioxidants, organic compounds, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and the soothing mix is also delicious. Chrysanthemum tea is helpful in treating skin problems, increasing immunity, eases heaviness in the head during cold and provides relief from sinusitis discomfort.
5. Oolong tea
Oolong, a Chinese name for “black dragon,” is a light, floral tea that, like green tea, is also packed with catechins, which help to promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize lipids (fat). A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost six pounds over the course of the six-week time period. That’s a pound a week! It also has a calming effect. Drink a cup if you’re a nervous flyer, or to calm yourself after a hard day’s work.