Magical Summer Juice In Summers For Weight Loss

Summers drinks are essential for optimum hydration along with good health. Let’s talk about one magical drink or juice which you can include in your diet in summers to lose weight and stay healthy. This drink is one of the best drinks for summer as it has dramatic cooling properties. This drink is highly nutrituous, low in calories, high in fibre and water content. It’s also great for energy and detoxification. We are talking about ash gourd or safed petha juice. Ash gourd is considered as food with maximum life giving properties, which help in energising the body and rejuvenate it.

Some basics

  • In ayurveda, this drink is worth it’s weight in gold
  • Ash gourd is known by many names such as winter melon, wax gourd, green pumpkin, petha etc
  • It contains 96 % water
  • It is very low in calories and rich in fibre
  • Ash gourd is essentially a vegetable rich in several nutrients and plant compounds

Nutrition (100 grams raw ash gourd)

  • Calories        :        13
  • Protein         :        0.2 grams
  • Carbs           :        2.8 grams (all fibre)’
  • Fat               :        0.1 grams
  • Calcium        :        30 mg
  • Phosphorus   :        20 mg
  • Contains manganese, selenium, sodium
  • Perfect for electrolyte balance
  • It also two important antioxidants flavanoids and carotenoids to prevent cell damage

Ayurvedic properties of ash gourd

  • Taste            :        Sweet
  • Properties     :        Light, Oily
  • Potency        :        Cold
  • Dosha          :        Balances vaat and pitta
  • May increase kapha
  • Cooked and ripe ash gourd balances all dosha (it doesn’t remain that cold)

Health benefits of ash gourd

  • Helps improve digestion
  • Assists in weight loss as it is high in fibre and water content
  • Low in calories and carbs
  • Is a very good source of soluble fibre (makes you feel full)
  • Helps boost your metabolism
  • Contains laxative properties
  • Has diuretic properties which helps in UTI
  • Is very good for thyroid
  • Prevents ulcers and peptides
  • Helps reduce inflammation and boosts energy levels
  • Supports the central nervous system
  • Good for heart and kidney health
  • Boosts immunity in summers (provides vitamin C and zinc)
  • Promotes hair growth and provides healthy skin
  • Increases fertility in both men and women
  • Has cooling effect in summers
  • Helps boost vision and improves cognitive functioning
  • Increases the digestive fire in the body
  • Is great for kids

Other ways to consume it

  • Is consumed as petha
  • Ash gourd halwa
  • While making juice, add herbs like black pepper and honey to help kapha body type

Side effects if consumed in excess

  • Avoid it during night and winters
  • May lead to toxicity if consumed in large amounts
  • Look out for allergies
  • Pregnant women can consume in very small quantity

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