It's that time of the year again; the onset of summers - the days are warmer, longer and brighter and we are loving every bit of the pleasant change in the weather. However, transition of weather is not always the most pleasant event for all. This particular phase is often saddled with seasonal infections, our immunities take a dip and we must take all precautions we can to keep the risk of flu and cold at bay. Thankfully, our kitchens would be stocked with all things seasonal and fresh soon. One of the summer staples that we are particularly looking forward to is mint or pudina.
Pudina is one of our most prized herbs; it has a significant role in Ayurvedic medicines too.According to Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND, pudina has powerful antioxidant properties. It is excellent to manage blood sugar levels and treat skin conditions. In summers, especially, it is a very good idea to add mint to one's diet. Mint is very cooling and aids in digestion and alleviates breathing disorders too.
Teeming with a wide range of health benefits, mint could be considered as one of the inexpensive home remedies for stronger immunity and healthy weight-management.
Mint For Weight-Loss:
Mint could do wonders for your digestive health and a good digestion is crucial for sustainable weight-loss. According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, menthol, which is the active oil in the mint, helps prevent indigestion. It stimulates digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food, thereby aiding weight-management; it is low in calories and also very good for your metabolism. A faster metabolism may help you shed those kilos faster.
Mint For Strong Immunity:
Mint is packed with a varied range of antioxidants that help prevent free radical activity. Free radical activity could take a toll on your immunity. Mint is also enriched with anti-inflammatory properties that help ease discomfort and pain that is often tied with cold and flu.
How To Make Mint Water
It is fairly easy to make mint water at home. It can serve as a good means to detox your body and also do wonders for your skin.
Take a few mint leaves and dunk it in a tumbler full of water, you can add a dash of lemon juice too. Keep it overnight. Consume the infused water first thing in the morning. You can also carry it to your work and keep sipping into it.
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