Rice water has become very popular lately since it’s not only good for your hair and skin but also possesses other health benefits. Rich in vitamins and minerals, rice water is recommended if you’re suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, as well as to stimulate the production of breast milk.
In Asia, rice water is one of the best kept beauty secrets for the amounts of vitamins and nutrients it has that benefit the skin and hair. Do you need more reasons to hold onto your rice water now?
Rice water for health
Rich in the vitamin B complex, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, rice water gains its properties during the cooking process of rice. White rice is ideal, since during the cooking process it loses more properties than whole-wheat rice. Among its biggest benefits are:
- Natural energy.
- For gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
- Prevents gastroenteritis.
- Helps regulate body temperature.
- Recommended for pregnant women to induce breast milk production.
- For relieving skin irritation.
- Prevents and cures constipation.
Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals present in rice water do wonders for skin. It can help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, combat inflammation and irritation and prevent premature aging.
One of its most impressive components is inositol, a complex element that promotes the growth of cells and stimulates blood flow which can help prevent the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of pores. You’ll find the following benefits are most present:
- Smooth and even skin.
- An excellent natural tonic.
- Opens clogged pores.
- Adds a protective layer to skin.
- For shiny and soft hair apply to your hair and scalp.
Ways to prepare rice water
Many think that rice water is what’s left over after you cook rice, but they’d be mistaken. You can use that water but it doesn’t contain the same benefits as true rice water which is what’s left over after boiling.
- 1/2 cup of white rice
- 4 cups of water
- In a pot, bring the water to a boil. Add rice and let boil for 20 minutes.
- Once done, strain the rice and place the water in a glass container. If you want to apply it to the skin, cool it in the refrigerator and apply with a cotton ball.
Pregnant women are recommended to drink 8 to 10 cups of cooled water per day.
In countries such as Mexico, it’s traditional to sweeten the water with sugar and flavor it with cinnamon. It can be served with dairy or dried fruit, although for treatment of diarrhea you should consume it without adding anything.