Last updated: September 04, 2022, 18:14 IST
If you cringe at the thought of fermented foods, you may want to keep reading this article. One of the most popular health and beauty trends to emerge in recent years is the use of rice water – either consumed or applied topically for skin and hair health.
Fermented rice water was one of the most popular ingredients in ancient Chinese medicine and is also used as a key ingredient in many modern Korean beauty products.
However, what is the correct way to determine if you should use rice water? Are there any health benefits associated with it?
Research suggests that fermented rice water contains a high amount of probiotics that have been linked to a wide variety of health benefits, including significantly improved digestion and immunity.
A study published in the National Library of Medicine defined fermentation as the “chemical breakdown process of a substance by yeasts, bacteria or other microorganisms.” The study also explained how fermented rice drinks — which are alcoholic in nature — are one of the most common drinks consumed in northeast India.
View some benefits here
- Fermented rice water is not only a great addition to your daily diet, but can also be used as a hair care treatment. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. Keep it in a spray bottle and use it to refresh your hair.
- Rice water also has a low pH level, making it an excellent conditioner for the hair. It also contains proteins that help develop strong hair shafts and fill in the cracks.
- Rice water also contains allantoin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Regular use on an irritated scalp or skin will be very beneficial.
- Fermented rice water is also said to reduce friction and increase the elasticity of the hair shafts; leading to better scalp health and less hair loss.