Barley porridge to improve urination

Urinary problems are common both in men and women. To avoid problems and infections, one can improve urination with some herbal remedies. Many natural alternative remedies are available to improve urination. One of the easy ways to improve urination is barley kanji.

Take one cup of barley rice. Soak in water overnight or for minimum 4 hours. Boil the soaked barley in water, until barley becomes very soft and mushy. Add salt and consume. Regular consumption of this barley kanji improves urination.

Barley kanji has powerful diuretic properties in it. Thus helps increase urination, soothes irritation and prevents infection.

Barley has amazing health benefits.

Barley is rich in nutrients like dietary fibre, phosphorous, copper, selenium, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc. It contains vitamins like vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and vitamin E. All these vitamins and minerals help treat number of health diseases.

Intake barley reduces urinary tract infections especially during pregnancy. Daily intake of barley during pregnancy is good for both mother and the baby.

Barley is rich in fibre, thus improves digestion, helps maintain good bowel functions, and prevents problems like constipation and haemorrhoids. Barley helps fight various bacterial infections in the intestinal tract.

As it is rich in fibre, it helps lower the cholesterol levels in the body. Thus in turn helps maintain cardiovascular health and prevents heart diseases.

The magnesium content of barley acts with various enzymes, and reduces risk of type-2 diabetes. It also helps prevent gestational diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels.

Barley kanji or barley water is best natural remedy to prevent and treat kidney stone or gallstone. It will effectively eliminate the kidney stone and nourish the kidneys.

The fibre content of barley keeps your stomach free of hunger for a longer time, which in turn helps in weight loss.

Barley is also good for coughs, cold, and other problems related to throat.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

In addition, the UA clearance value in the high-dose FBEP (Fermented Barley Extract) group was increased 2-fold compared to the control group. These results suggest that FBEP reduces serum UA by increasing urinary excretion of UA.


Hokazono, H., Omori, T., & Ono, K. (2010). Anti-hyperuricemic Effect of Fermented Barley Extract is Associated with Increased Urinary Uric Acid Excretion. Food Science and Technology Research, 295-304.

Evidence 2

The barley water helps in better urine filtration / increased kidney efficiency due to its high enzymatic constitution.


Indian Council of Agricultural Research. (2015). Vision 2050. Haryana: Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research.

Barley kanji is a best nutritional rich food, follow the below steps to make the recipe.

How to improve urination with barley – DIY

  • 1 cup Barley rice
  • 500 ml Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  1. To make the porridge use barley rice, salt and water.
  2. Take water in a bowl.
  3. Add one cup of washed barley rice.
  4. Soak for a minimum of four hours or overnight.
  5. Add 250 ml water to pan.
  6. Add soaked barley rice into it.
  7. Add one teaspoon of salt.
  8. Boil until the barley becomes very soft and mushy.
  9. Allow it to cool down and transfer to a bowl.
  10. Barley porridge is done.

Consume this porridge once daily in the morning (you can also consume it for breakfast) to improve urination.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

One reply on “How to improve urination with barley – DIY”

  • April 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I agree.During the intense heat of summer,I was consuming less water being outside most of the time.At times this was causing burning sensation while passing urine.But with the regular intake of barley water,the problem is not there.

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