We often do not realize the kind of damage we are doing to our liver with our unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles. We must understand that our good health largely depends on the health of our liver – the largest and most vital of organs in our body. Among several other functions, three of the major functions of the liver include cleansing of blood, production of bile – an essential digestive liquid – and building of proteins. So, it is imperative that we form a few good habits for a healthy liver and a healthier body.
In such cases, something as simple as drinking raisin water can do magic for our bodies! Raisins have the essential ingredients that smoothen biochemical processes, helping the liver cleanse our blood of poisonous substances. They are known to be rich in antioxidants and are also known to have natural chemicals that are good for the heart as well as the liver.
In fact, many alternate forms of medicine tend to advise the consumption of raisins for a host of benefits like lowering of bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your body. Additionally, it’s also used as an age-old remedy for a constipated or upset tummy.
The reason why the drinking of raisin water is advised is because, while it contains all the medicinal qualities of the raisin, it is also lower in sugar levels and, therefore, better than the raisin itself.
In that spirit, here are a few more benefits of raisin water!
1. It’s High In Natural Antioxidants
Since raisins are actually grapes that have been dried, it is but natural that they contain high amounts of natural antioxidants (1). Grapes are also natural sources of bioflavonoids and are therefore known to keep the body protected against sicknesses by repelling free radicals. In fact, these are the reasons why it is used in remedies for heart and liver-related ailments.
2. It’s A Good Detox
Thanks to our sedentary lifestyles and also the tendency to consume junk food, without knowing it, we are poisoning our body (the liver in particular) when we let these elements enter our bodies. Right from deep fried junk to sugary sodas, none if it is doing us any good. Not only do they clog up our arteries, they also mess up our digestive system, which, in turn, can mess up a host of other things in our body.
It has been observed that consuming of raisin water can go a long way in detoxing the body and easing the digestive system. In fact, users have claimed that they have instantly felt their digestive systems easing out when they have consumed the raisin water for four consecutive days every month.
3. It Aids In Digestion
Since consuming raisin water eases the digestive system, it is obvious that it helps in digestion as well. In case you are wondering how, it is because the raisin water helps in separating the acids of the stomach so that the food that goes into your body can be broken down more easily, and all the necessary nutrients can thus be absorbed by the body more efficiently. Users state that a couple of days is enough to see the raisin water actually making a difference in your body.
Make Your Own Raisin Water Drink!
Now that we’ve illustrated to you the benefits of raisin water, here is a simple and foolproof way of making raisin water in a way that is effective and useful for your body.
- 400ml of drinking water (this amounts to about 2 normal cups).
- 150gm of the best raisins (you can choose whichever brand you like, but we would suggest going for organic ones).
Take the raisins and wash them thoroughly so that no dirt is left behind. It is important that you clean all the dirt and impurities from it. However, if you buy packed raisins, this shouldn’t be a problem. Make sure you choose raisins that are slightly darker in color and are not too hard. Once you have washed them, add the raisins to boiling water. Once the raisins are in, let the mixture bubble for about 20 minutes before taking it off the heat. The water would have reduced a bit in quantity by now. Don’t worry. This is how it should be. Now let the raisins remain in the water for the night.
The next morning, as soon as you wake up, consume the water on an empty stomach. If you want, you can heat it up or even drink it at room temperature. Make sure to let your stomach remain empty untill about half an hour after you’ve consumed the raisin water, after which you are free to have a healthy breakfast.
So, what do you think? Would you try this to improve your digestion and protect your liver? Let us know in the comments!