June 26, 2019
Rice water and milk formula should be drank separately
“My baby just turned one and is quite skinny. He is always at the bottom of the weight percentile. Would he grow better if I used rice water to make his milk?”
CheckCheckCin: From Chinese medicine perspective, young children’s organs have not fully developed and they cannot properly absorb all the nutrients consumed because of their asthenic spleen and stomach. Therefore, they tend to grow slower. Some people say it is better to use rice water to make formula milk to help them gain weight and even clear heat. However, we do not recommend that. You should follow the preparation instructions to mix the powder with regular water, and drink rice water separately.
Rice water is made by boiling red rice, white rice and coix seeds. The recipe is mild in nature, and suitable for the entire family. It is suitable for children 1 year old or above. Start by having 60ml of rice water per day. It can nourish qi and strengthen spleen and stomach, improve nutrient absorption, and also relieve the symptoms of vomiting, indigestion and even diarrhea.
Rice water to strengthen spleen and stomach
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons red rice, half tablespoon of white rice, half tablespoon of coix seeds
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Combine all ingredients with 800-1000ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
*Rice water should be made fresh daily and should not be stored overnight as it may spoil easily.
*for pregnant ladies, omit coix seeds