Digestive Wonders of Barley

It’s one of the most ancient of cultivated grains.  It has been found in tombs of Asia Minor. It was eaten by Greek athletes, Roman Gladiators, and highly promoted by Hippocrates.  Barley is woven in the fabric of our history and we shouldn’t forget how great it is. But, among its many attributes, let’s just focus on how Barley helps digestion.

  • Its fiber promotes regularity.
  • It promotes overall intestinal protection.
  • It assists the body in dealing with diarrhea, gastritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Its dietary fiber helps provide food for the “friendly” bacteria in the large intestine and, in turn, helps maintain a healthy colon.
  • While it helps eliminate, it also helps the body build: its many nutrients are easily assimilated and help increase strength and stamina.

One way to incorporate Barley into your diet is instead of the usual oatmeal, make some Barley cereal.  It does take longer to cook, but you may see, it will be worth your while:

  • Boil 3 cups of water for every one cup of uncooked barley
  • Add barley to the saucepan once the water is boiling
  • Return the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to “low”
  • Cover the pan and cook until the barley is tender (about 45 minutes for pearl barley, 55 minutes for whole grain barley)
  • Sweeten and flavor however you like it (cinnamon, berries, honey, etc…)

We’ve shared one aspect of the many beneficial properties of Barley, but consider this– when something is good for your digestion, it may also be good for your energy levels, your mood, even your skin.  Everybody is different, so results, of course, vary. But give it a shot. Eat Barley for a week and see how you feel!