Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Can I drink water during confinement?

Once you delivered your baby, your body tend to be weakened. To gain back iron in your body and rebuild back your blood, it is recommended by olden Chinese to drink red dates juice instead of water. Although I do not buy into the idea of following the olden practices, I tend to believe this. After I had delivered to my first baby, my body tend to get cold easily. It is advisable to take the red dates juice for 1 month for those under went delivery and 2 weeks for those who had miscarriage.

For a delicious red dates juice, I have given two recipes.

Simple and inexpensive way :


2 cups of red dates
1/2 cup of dried longans
10 glasses of water

Method :

1) Wash the red dates and dried longan
2) Pour water into a pot and add in item (1)
3) Boil the above for 1.5 hours in a medium to low fire


Luxurious way :



2 cups of red dates
1/2 cup of dried longans
4 big size dried honey dates
1 1/2 tbps dried wolfberries
4 medium size sticks of dried codonopsis pilosula root (党参)
3 pieces of dried astragalus membranaceus root (北芪)
10 glasses of water

Method :

1) Wash all the above
2) Pour water into a pot and add all the items
3) Boil the above for 1.5 hours in a medium to low fire


Note : You may drink the juice without eating the boiled ingredients. Drink it hot or warm. You may fill the juice into a flask and drink it anytime. The above recipe may last you for 1 day for those who does not drink a lot of water.

The second recipe seems to have a smoother texture juice.

All the ingredients can be easily found in Chinese medical stores. Do make sure the dates that you buy do not use sulfur as preservatives.


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