To celebrate the month of Ramadan, Egyptians prepare various drinks which boast a range of health benefits from cleaning the digestive system to boosting the immune system.
Licorice-derived beverages contain antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system. Other advantages include soothing sore throats, increasing protective mucous linings in the stomach wall and lowering acidic secretions.
However, licorice drinks are not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure.
Drinks derived Roselle stimulate the digestive system and clean the intestines. Care must be taken in storing it, as prepared Roselle over 24 hours old can form oxalate salts which are harmful to the kidneys.
People with low blood pressure are advised to steer clear of Roselle drinks.
Tamarind drinks are used to lower extra acidity and detoxify the body. This refreshing drink is also known to lower blood pressure and can remove excess stomach gas.
Carob beverages are rich in calcium, vegetable fibers vitamin A and antioxidants. With its high sugar concentration, this drink is known for its sweet taste and has been used as a natural laxative.
Those prone to vomiting and diarrhea can mix carrots with the drink to find relief.
An apricot-derived juice locally known as Qamar al-Din is known for a myriad of health benefits, such as strengthening the nerves, helping bowel movements, boosting the immune system and cleansing the intestines.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm