Fennel is a superfood that belongs to the celery family. It’s native to the Mediterranean and is widely cultivated for its aromatic herb that taste similar to anise. The bulb can be utilized different ways in cooking. Fennel is also one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there, and this is why it’s called a superfood. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C. Fennel is also high in fiber and is often used to boost weight loss.
Apart from being highly nutritious, fennel seeds and fennel bulbs are prized for their health benefits. Regular consumption of fennel helps prevent anemia and indigestion, boosts blood circulation, and even cuts the risk of heart disease and cancer. Perhaps one of the most popular ways of taking fennel for weight loss is by drinking fennel seed water.
What is Fennel Seed Water?
Fennel seed water is nothing more than water infused with fennel seeds. With a handful of fennel seeds, you drop it in a glass of hot water. Leave the solution to steep overnight. Once it steeps, the water turns to light golden and it’s ready to drink.
Fennel seed water has a refreshing, licorice-like taste. It leaves a sweet-ish aftertaste and does double duty as a breath freshener too!
Water infusion has become quite trendy these days but this concept goes way back in history. Fennel seed water, in particular, is an old remedy in Ayurvedic medicine. Water infused with fennel seeds not only helps purify the body by flushing out toxin build up in the colon, it also boosts the metabolism and prevents obesity.
Health Benefits of Fennel Seed Water
Boosts Metabolic Rate
Fennel seed water kick-starts the body to using up energy from the food we eat. As we burn off more fat, our energy level increases as stored fat decreases.
Love snacking and can’t let go? Drink plenty of fennel seed water. This water infusion helps suppress the appetite and curbs cravings so you don’t overeat!
Purifies the Blood
Afflicted by common aches and joint pains? This is caused by high level of uric acid in the blood stream. Drinking fennel seed water helps flush out excessive uric acid in the blood and breaks down bile to prevent fatty liver.
Detoxifies the Kidneys
The kidneys help filter toxins from the blood. With the kind of food we eat these days, you can imagine the toxic buildup in our kidneys. Water infused with fennel seeds helps detoxify the kidneys and expels them naturally as waste.
How to Make Your Own Water Infusion
You will need:
One liter or four cups of distilled water
A handful of fennel seeds
Although you can use regular water, we recommend distilled water because it’s the cleanest and purest form of water. Lightly roast the fennel seeds on a hot pan for 20 seconds or until you achieved a sweet, toasty aroma. Boil the water. Just as the water starts bubbling, add the toasted fennel seeds. Turn off the heat and cover the infusion. Leave the infusion to steep overnight. Once the infusion is steeped, transfer the liquid to a pitcher and it’s ready to drink!