A vegetable thali meal, in most parts of India, is never complete without a small glass of spiced buttermilk and that’s because the health benefits associated with it is known to people over here. Buttermilk is given a higher position than yogurt in Ayurveda because it does not cause the increase of Kapha and helps to diminish Kapha and Vata doshas. Ayurveda also says that buttermilk aids one’s body to soak up the nutrients, increases energy levels, and is good for proper digestion.
Buttermilk is rich in vitamin B12, calcium, potassium and less in fat content. The medicinal property associated with it helps to cleanse one’s intestines and to detoxify the whole body.
Buttermilk in Ayurveda
Buttermilk is used for the treatment of different ailments and for the maintenance of health, in Ayurveda. It’s a good medicine for various digestive issues, swelling, and loss of appetite and also helps to reduce bloating.
Different types of buttermilk
There are mainly four types of buttermilk: made from full cream yogurt and sugar, buttermilk with no cream, with half a portion of water, and with no fat.
Health benefits of spiced buttermilk
Good for dehydration
Filled with electrolytes buttermilk puts up a good fight against heat and water loss from the body.
Treats stomach disorders and aids digestion
The acid present in buttermilk fights the bacteria, cleanses one’s stomach and causes proper digestion.
Presence of all macronutrients
The presence of vitamins, enzymes, proteins, and carbohydrates qualifies it for a complete meal.
Oily and fatty food can be washed down
A glass of buttermilk helps to wash down the oils and fat that lines the stomach walls and reduces the feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. It’s good for rejuvenation.
Cools the digestive tract
After a spicy meal, the stomach is likely to experience a burning sensation which can be cooled down with a glass of buttermilk. It is also known to effectively reduce one’s body heat.
Improved levels of immunity
The lactic acid bacteria present in buttermilk helps to boost a person’s immune system and fights off diseases.
Detoxification of body
Lower cholesterol levels
Reduces blood pressure
Rich in calcium and vitamins
Ayurveda Acharya Bhavamishra has said that a person who takes buttermilk regularly is free of diseases and the diseases healed by buttermilk do not recur. Keeping this in mind why not make buttermilk a part of your daily diet to stay energetic and healthy all through your lives.