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3 Simple, Nourishing Drinks

3 Simple, Nourishing Drinks

1. Honey-lemon Water

This simple drink is quite magical, because the warm water stimulates a sluggish kapha dosha, kickstarts your digestive machinery and encourages peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. The lemons are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

Squeeze a little ginger juice into this water for even more healing benefits. (Read my post of the incredible goodness of ginger to understand what this wonder root can do for you.)

2.  Tender Coconut Water

This is 90 to 95 percent water, billed ‘Earth’s purest soft drink.’  Tender coconut water has excellent cooling properties that pacify pitta, the heat element in you. It unclogs the body’s channels, and  lubricates the dryness caused by residual digestive wastes. It repairs the gastro-intestinal tract, and its snigdha or sweet quality gives it a pranaropana: life-restoring quality.

Tender coconut is generally available at oriental grocery stores. All you have to do is lop off the top, put in a straw, and sip in a world of healing goodness!

3. Date Milk Shake
An Ayurveda-recommended remedy for settling an agitated digestive system and soothing the nerves. And yummy to boot! Dates truly are nuggets of good health—rich in minerals, easy to digest, a great source of energy, and have a balancing effect on the fiery pitta dosha.

People say milk doesn’t agree with them, but that’s usually because the milk they consume is cold, straight out of the fridge. Try this: boil milk with a pinch of turmeric and cinnamon. Let it cool, and then drink it. The infusion of heat into the milk introduces ‘agni’ the element responsible for digestion, and makes the milk lighter and easier to digest.

4-5 whole dates

1 cup whole milk

A pinch of cinnamon powder (dalchini)

Boil the milk with cinnamon until it rises to a foam once. Cool it and blend with dates in a good blender. The dates should be finely ground. Serve warm in winter and at room temperature in summer.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:40AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Dates are extremely unhealthy! They're packed with tropical parasites!

2:13PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thank you!

5:50PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


5:26PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012 favourite is #1 and #2 is good too...I've never had #3, wonder how that tastes like...

10:11AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

sounds good, thanks

4:05AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Looks very healthy

10:43AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

the date shake I will definitely try!

12:15AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Thank you! Honey-lemon Water seems tasty. I also like ginger-honey tea.

10:18PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure on the shake. Love dates, I don't drink much milk but I don't like warm milk. Happy with my water

8:31PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Is canned coconut milk the same thing?

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