Barley water is the recipe for anemia and anemia is a condition whereby you don’t make enough red blood cells. Symptoms of anemia can be lack of energy, becoming breathless easily, pale skin. If you’re on a meatless diet, you can become anemic. Lack of vitamins B12, folic acid and the mineral iron can lead to anemia. You should be supplementing these nutrients. Heavy menstrual periods can leave women anemic; surgery or any other loss of blood can produce anemia. I had a chance to test barley water when my neighbor was going to have knee surgery. He donated his blood for the surgery, a pint a week for 3 weeks. After each donation, I made him a quart of barley water, which he drank. I watched him drink it to make sure as he was a little skeptical. After the first donation, the nurses told him his blood was very rich. After the second, they were raving about the quality of his blood; after the third, they couldn’t believe how good his blood was. I was convinced and so was my neighbor. Oh, by the way. Surgery went fine, too.
1/4 cup pearled barley*
4 cups water
Rinse barley under running water then add to a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, put a lid on, simmer until tender; about 45 minutes. At this point, you can strain and season the water and drink it, or, season the barley and water and eat as a soup.
*barley can usually be found in your grocery store either with cooked cereals or with dried beans.
Also, see Roasted Barley Tea.