Winter has set in and now, it’s the time to revamp your kitchen. Just the way methi, saag, palak and gaajar have replaced the summer veggies, time to swap your refined oil with verka desi ghee.
"Ghee being a fat soluble vitamin that is rich in vitamin A, D, E, K. Ghee helps our body to absorb and make use of these vitamins. So basically it helps in digestion and enhances eyesight, keep muscles healthy and take out impurities from the body. Most importantly it has a softening effect and prevents dryness of skin which is quite common during winter season. 1/2 a tea spoon of ghee is good during morning followed by a hot beverage like green tea or regular tea / coffee." says Sandhya Gugnani, a celebrity nutritionist.
Here are some benefits of eating desi ghee every day in winters:
- Eases constipation:
Craving for fried food during winters knows no bound. Greasy foods like fries, potato chips, and hot buns are not so good for digestion. These foods are high in fat, low in fibre, and thus the water content in the stool lower downs, making it dry and harder to push out. Ghee is an effective remedy for those suffering from constipation and eating ghee during pregnancy benefits the mother as well. Having a cup of hot milk with 1 spoon full of desi ghee at bedtime can help get fresh easy in the morning and can also help boost the metabolism.
- Relieves congested nose:
As the weather changes and is in, a majority of people suffer from a cough and cold. According to Ayurveda, Nyasa treatment is a helpful remedy to soothe cold and clear the clogged nose. Just pour lukewarm desi cow ghee into the nostrils whenever you feel clogged or during the bedtime. In addition to relieving the congested nose, it also treats headaches, migraine and cervical spondylosis.
- Winter Staple to keep you warm:
When winters come, we start taking out our scarves, gloves, caps, and preparing the fireplace to keep our self warm. Apart from this, ghee should also be stocked in your kitchen & included in every dish that you prepare as it is one of the winter staples that helps you keep you warm from within.To produce heat within the body it needs to burn fat and desi ghee is the healthiest and a digestible fat. It also keeps you immune from the common winter diseases.
- Boost energy:
Here’s why use ghee to boost your energy. As the winter days are shorter and darker than other months, we spend less time outdoors and often feel lethargic. Take ghee as it contains medium and short-chain fatty acids which act a good source of energy and also acts a strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal substance.
Note: Those suffering from high cholesterol levels and obesity are recommended not to consume ghee without consulting your doctor/nutritionist.
There are several other uses of ghee other than cooking such as benefits of ghee for hair, skin and weight loss, click here to read.