One of the best ways to pamper yourself on a crazy hot summer noon is to indulge in buttermilk, chaach or chaas. And if you thought this was just about quenching your thirst or refreshing you, think again. Being a dairy product, buttermilk also comes loaded with some wonderful health and beauty benefits that are too good to be ignored. But, just in case you are one of those who are not too fond of the sour taste or the smell of buttermilk, then give this a good read.
Soothes the stomach after a spicy meal
Spicy food irritates the stomach lining, but chaas can help soothe it. Milk and milk-based products are actually the best remedies for spice – they contain proteins that neutralise the spice and cool off your system.
The spices in chaas are excellent digestive aids that prevent indigestion and excessive burping. Yoghurt is loaded with probiotics, which encourage the growth of healthy gut flora. This will improve everything from your digestion to your immunity.
Boosts your calcium intake
Adults require 1,000 – 1,200 mg of calcium per day, to maintain healthy bones and teeth. 1 cup of milk contains about 300 mg, while 1 cup of yoghurt contains about 420 mg of calcium. Adding just 1 glass of chaas to your daily diet can boost your calcium intake by 350 mg.
Washes down fats
Do you know that feeling, when you’ve eaten so much that you think you’re in a food coma? Drinking chaas after your meal will make you feel better, since it washes down the oil, butter and ghee that coat your oesophagus and stomach, making you feel much lighter.
Contains several other nutrients, apart from calcium
Chaas is a good source of proteins, potassium and B vitamins. Each of the ingredients in chaas is extremely healthy, with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients boost immunity, improve sleep, enable hormone synthesis and much more.
Keeps body heat under check
This has been one of the favourite reasons to drink buttermilk for ages. Buttermilk helps cool down your body temperature and can be used as a natural refresher in summers. This is also useful for pre- and post-menopausal women as it provides temporary relief from the hot flushes.
A buttermilk hair mask for great hair
Having extremely dry, brittle, badly damaged hair in the hot summers is very common; especially, if you have been washing your hair too regularly. A buttermilk mask acts as a deep conditioner to soften your hair, no matter how damaged it is. Simply mix a banana and 2 tsp of honey in a cup of buttermilk. Apply this mixture as a mask on your scalp and hair, and leave it for 45 minutes before washing it off. You will be left with unbelievably soft and shiny hair!