According to the Äyur-veda, drinking enough liquid to fill a fourth of the
stomach during a meal aids digestion. Between meals, drinking can serve
not only to quench thirst but also to cool the body when it’s hot, or warm
it when cool.
Drinks made from yogurt, such as lassi, cool the body. So enjoy them
during the summer, but avoid them before retiring or when the body is
cool, especially in winter. Lemon can be useful any time of year. Ginger
tea with lemon and a little honey fortifies the body against colds in the
winter. And lemon drinks such as nimbu pani and jeera pani are refreshing
in the summer. When you plan to serve a sweet drink on a hot day, make the
drink in advance and use some of the drink to make ice cubes to serve with
it. If you are in a hurry, superfine granulated sugar dissolves in just a
The best drink for warming the body is piping-hot cow’s milk. The
Äyur-veda says that milk also nourishes the cerebral tissues—but you have
to drink it hot for the digestive system to extract its subtle properties.
Therefore, always boil milk before serving it, unless it’s to be drunk as
soon as it comes from the cow.
The Vedas say that a comfortable seat, a beverage, and some friendly words
are the least one should offer any guest, be he friend or foe. No prepared
beverages on hand? Then serve a glass of water to your guest.
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