Bottle Gourd (Upo) Juice: A Natural Drink To Start Your Day

Do you have the habit of drinking instant coffee in the morning? If you’re not a fan of coffee, there are other alternatives as well. You can start your day with a healthy bottle gourd juice. It can work wonders for our health. It can give us a radiant and energetic life and it also helps in cleaning our system.

Bottle gourds are one of the most nutritious vegetables you can add into your diet. It is also known as calabash, bottle gourd, white-flowered gourd, long melon, and Lauki.  It is loaded with water and minerals that can boost our vitality and health.

Dr. Anju Sood, a Bangalore-based Nutritionist, says that:

“Bottle gourd is a vegetable high on water and is a rich source of vitamin C, K, and calcium. It helps in maintaining a healthy heart and brings down bad cholesterol levels. The juice is also beneficial for diabetic patients as it stabilizes the blood sugar level and maintains blood pressure. The best time to have it is in the morning. A small glass would just be perfect. Also, one needs to consume the juice immediately as it oxidizes quite fast.”

How Can Bottle Gourd Juice Be Good For You?

Bottle gourd juice would make a valuable addition to our diet. Here’s the reason why it is good for our body.

Cure Tummy Troubles

The water and fiber content of gourd juice is great for digestion. It helps in cleaning our digestive tract, thereby curing constipation, allowing easy bowel movement and helping treat diarrhea
For diarrhea treatment, we need to drink bottle gourd juice with a pinch of salt. This remedy will help maintain the electrolyte balance of the body.

Promotes Heart Health

According to studies, bottle gourd juice is a heart friendly. Consumption of this along with its fiber for 90 days was found to lower total serum cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure levels, and promotes overall cardiovascular health.

Helps Deal With UTI

Experiencing pain or burning sensation while urinating? This might be a symptom of urinary tract infection. Bottle gourd juice can provide relief. It is a powerful diuretic agent, exerts a cooling effect on the body, and is alkaline in nature, thus relieving the burning sensation.

May Aid Diabetes Treatment

Traditional healers believed that drinking a bottle of gourd juice can help control diabetes. However, patients should first ask a doctor’s advice before doing so.

Helps Deal With Hair Loss

Having a hard time looking for hair loss remedy? Well, simply use gourd juice. It is known to be loaded with nutrients that benefit the hair. It also prevents premature hair graying.

For hair loss and baldness treatment, we need to combine gourd juice with sesame oil. Apply the mixture on the scalp regularly.

May Aid Weight Loss

Gourd juice (no added sugar) can be an effective drink to lose weight. It is low in calories and fats and is rich in fiber that keeps us full, thereby helping achieve our weight loss goals.

How To Prepare Bottle Gourd Juice

Wash fresh gourd and peel the skin. Cut into medium sized pieces and blend. Don’t add water. For additional taste, you can add a pinch of salt, some fresh lemon juice, a handful of fresh mint leaves, and black pepper and blend again. Strain the juice and drink it every morning before the meal.