Bottle Gourd Juice
Bottle gourd juice helps manage blood pressure in patients of hypertension, because of its high potassium content. It helps in losing weight quickly because it is low in fat and cholesterol but provides high dietary fibre. These natural healthy juices are good for balancing the functioning of the liver and is useful in the treatment of stomach acidity, indigestion and ulcers.
Lauki, dudhi or bottle gourd holds pride of place in the Indian Ayurvedic medical system. Here is why our ancestors included it in their regular diet, and why it still makes sense to do so.
Lauki is 96.1% water, so is light on the stomach and aids digestion. A 100 gm serving of lauki contains just twelve calories and is ideal if you are watching your weight.
Health benefits of Lauki:
- Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic. It makes you relax after eating. But don’t eat the vegetable raw as it can harm the stomach and intestines.
- Bottle gourd juice plays a very important role in treating urinary disorders. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating lauki and then mixing it with limejuice. Drink it once a day to combat the burning sensation caused by the high acidity of urine. It can be had along with sulpha drugs to treat urinary infection as it acts as an alkaline diuretic.
- Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for excessive thirst caused by diarrhea, over consumption of fatty or fried foods, and diabetes. Drink a glass of this juice with a little salt added to it to treat this condition.
- A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer.
If you are on a low calorie diet, suffering from digestive problems, are diabetic or convalescing, then lauki is must for you as it is easily digestible and low in calories
How to Include the Bottle Gourd in your Diet
There are various ways in which the bottle gourd can be included as part of your diet. Julienne the vegetable and steam it lightly. Once it is done, it can be added to a bowl of curd with a pinch of salt. The combination of the bottle gourd and the curd makes it an ideal recipe for dealing with the hot and humid weather.
Bottle gourd juice can be easily made by peeling the vegetable, chopping it into small pieces and, putting it into the juicer. You can also add a pinch of salt for taste. You can also grate the bottle gourd, put it in a clean piece of cloth and just squeeze out the juice. One glass of bottle gourd juice taken early in the morning will keep you energized and will also help you lose weight.
Of course, there are many other ways to prepare and consume this quite tasteless and bland vegetable. Although traditional healers have used the bottle gourd and its juice for treating many diseases, it is only recently that people have actually come to accept its many health benefits. So, if you are looking to add a vegetable belonging to the gourd family in your regular diet, why not choose the bottle gourd.