Chaitra Navratri 2024: 7 Drinks To Stay Hydrated During Navratri
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Navratri is a nine-day celebration which is observed not only in India but around the world. During this time, people extend their devotion towards the divine feminine energy by rigorous fasting and singing a lot of bhajans. While fasting for Navratri, one is only allowed to eat specific types of food, such as fruits and dairy products. Eating any kind of grains is also not allowed during the Navratri fast. 

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Because of limiting food consumption, it is obvious that the body feels drained out without doing a lot of work. So, anyone who's observing a Navratri fast should be extremely mindful of their hydration levels. Other than drinking water, there are a lot of natural sources of hydration and drinks that can help in maintaining the optimum electrolyte balance in the body. Here are some healthy drinks that one can consume during Navratri fasts. 

* Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the best sources of hydration. It helps in restoring the electrolyte balance in the body instantly and is also very light. This is the right choice for people who do not want their beverages to be extremely flavourful. Coconut water is very much like normal water but mildly sweet. As per a report published in the Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology in 2016, coconut water has a significant amount of antioxidants and a unique composition of various micronutrients. It can also have anti-inflammatory effects on the stomach.

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* Fruit Juices

Drinking any kind of fruit juice is also allowed during Navratri. A lot of people do not like eating fruits. In this case, a great way to consume fruits is by making juice at home. One must try not to separate the pulp and also consume the pulp as it is high in fibre and can promote digestion. Fruit juices are also naturally sweet, so they can also help in restoring glucose levels in the body in a healthy way. While making fruit juice, one must avoid using any kind of flavouring ingredient that is prohibited during the Navratri fasts.

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* Lemon Water

Lemon water is probably one of the easiest drinks to make at home as it requires just a little lemon juice, water, and sugar. To make lemon water at home, one has to take some cold water, add some lemon juice, a little bit of sugar and some ice cubes. Instead of adding sugar, one can also add some honey. The drink is extremely healthy and helps restore hydration levels. Instead of using cold water, one can also go for warm water.

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* Chaach

Chaach or buttermilk is a very popular drink in India that is famous for its antibiotic properties. It is made by mixing water in curd and thinning its consistency. One can add some rock salt, coriander leaves, and mint leaves to enhance the taste of the buttermilk even further. A lot of people also like to add some roasted cumin seed powder for that extra kick. Chaach is a delicious drink that can be consumed at any point of time in the day and instantly makes one feel fresh.

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* Herbal Tea

Another great beverage that can be consumed during the Navratri fast is any kind of herbal tea. Herbal teas are available in a lot of varieties, such as green tea, mint tea, ginger tea, and many more. Herbal teas not only help to hydrate the body but also provide a boost of antioxidants. Since during the Navratri fasts, one is allowed to consume only a particular type of food, they might face nutritional deficiency. Drinking herbal tea is a great way to restore not only hydration but also vitamins and antioxidants.

* Rose Milk

To make rose milk, one has to take some fresh rose extract that can be bought from the market or even made at home. This rose extract can be added to some milk along with honey to give it a sweet touch. In the milk, one can add some ice cubes to give it a chilled taste. Adding some dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, and cashews can also be a great idea. This is a drink that people of all age groups are going to enjoy, not just in Navratri but also throughout the year.

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* Mint Water

Mint water is a great detox drink that a lot of people like to drink first thing in the morning. It is very easy to make this water as one has to simply put some mint leaves in water and leave it for half an hour. A way to elevate this drink even more is by adding some cucumber slices along with lemon slices. The drink is extremely hydrating for the body and, at the same time, instantly freshens up the mind. If any person doesn't like drinking regular water, then giving this drink a try is worth it.