The Way To Detox
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The Way To Detox

Mehvish Hamdare profile Authored by Mehvish Hamdare on 25 Sep 2014 - 16:59.

The festive season is around the corner and you might be looking to de-clutter not just your room and cupboards but also your mind and body, to stay healthy and look your best.

Detoxification diet is all about getting rid of the accumulated toxins and waste products from the body by giving it a short vacation from digesting heavy toxic foods, that we load our system, without our knowledge.

Feeling stressed or lethargic? Struggling with skin and acne problems? Putting on weight? Then this article is right for you, because if you love your body, its time you learn to listen to it and go on a detox diet.

So what is detoxification?

Detoxification is the natural process of filtering wastes from the cells, organs and bloodstream. Detoxification diets, or detox diet is all about removing and eliminating toxic materials from the body (cleansing) and giving the body rest. By eating healthy foods of nutritional value, you get rejuvenated so that you feel energised and improve your immune system.

Our human body is naturally equipped with an ability to detoxify the body with the help of certain vital organs including the liver and the kidney. But at times our detoxification system gets compromised and impurities are not properly filtered, leaving every cell in the body adversely affected due to the exposure towards toxins by means of water, air, food, over the counter drugs, and unhealthy lifestyle etc.

Here are a few benefits of detoxification:

  • Boosts your energy levels
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Helps improve your concentration and mental focus
  • Cleanses your system to give you a clear skin and healthier hair
  • Feels light and rejuvenated after a detox diet
  • Improvesblood circulation
  • Rests your system
  • Reduces stress and improves sleep quality

List of foods you should and shouldn’t include while on a detox diet.

Foods to be included

Foods to be avoided/excluded

  • Raw vegetables
  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Vegetable juices
  • Green tea or herbal tea
  • Nuts and seeds like flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut water
  • Buttermilk (chaas)
  • Low salt intake
  • Grains
  • Tea, coffee,  aerated and caffeinated drinks
  • Bakery products
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat, fish, chicken
  • Eggs
  • Deep fried foods
  • Soy
  • Milk and milk products
  • Sweeteners and desserts
  • Processed and packaged foods
  • Saturated and trans fats

Tips to be followed under detox plan:

  • If detox diet does not suit you, stop it immediately.
  • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. 
  • You can include muesli, oats, and porridge once a day.
  • Gradually reduce the intake of caffeinated drinks. Replace with water, coconut water green or herbal teas.
  • Start by drinking more water.
  • A good detox plan should contain 60 per cent liquids and 40 per cent solids
  • Avoid processedand fatty food as much as possible.
  • Avoid adding salt to your food/low salt
  • Have orange and beetroot detox juice once a day. 
  • Reduce consumption of animal products.
  • For mid meal snacks opt for fruit or a handful of unsalted nuts
  • Opt for a detox diet once a week (preferably weekends)
  • Do not stop or reduce medication (if any) during this diet.
  • Post your detox; resumenormal food gradually, by introducing dairy products and grains one at a time.

A word of Caution:

A detoxification program is generally safe, but should not be followed by:

  • Pregnant ladies
  • Nursing mothers
  • Children/teenagers
  • Elderly people
  • Those who have active cancer or are diabetic
  • Underweight or have a history of eating disorders.

Detox juice recipes:

1. Orange Carrot Ginger Beet Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 small beet
  • 1 cm piece of ginger
  • 3 Carrots
  • 2 oranges, peeled

Method:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Serve

2. Watermelon, lime, celery and ginger juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon 
  • 1 small lime 
  • 1cm piece ginger 
  • Few leaves of celery

Method:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Serve

 

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*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.