The drinks which are consumed after food or after medications are known as “anupana” in ayurveda. These drinks help in healthy digestion of food and also enhance the therapeutic value of medications. Ayurveda acharyas describe the qualities of anupana or after food drink as
This means an ideal after food drink must have opposite properties of the food consumed and also it must be compatible with the food or medication.
List of healthy after drinks
Warm water – When foods are loaded with carbohydrates, starch, cream, etc, this drink is ideal.
Buttermilk – When lots of vegetables and pulses are present in food, butter milk is an ideal after drink.
Beer – Beer made from barley helps lean persons to gain weight.
Honey and water – Honey and water is the best after food drink for those who want to lose weight.
Meat soup – this drink is ultimate for persons who have lost weight due to diseases and for people who have poor digestion.
Milk – This is the best after food drink for those who are emaciated, walk long distances and sing or speak for long hours. It is like nectar for those who are recovering from diseases. Milk provides full nourishment for children and aged. Acharyas recommend consumption of milk after sexual activities.