What is Diwali without tantalizing mithai! Hot jalebis, gulab jamuns and the ever-delicious kaju katli – festivals in India are incomplete without a sumptuous array of sweets and flavors to devour as you celebrate with friends and family. But, more often than not, we end up gorging more than we probably should, and later on we strive to lose those extra pounds. If you are one of those looking to completely detoxify yourself, here is what nutritionists recommend:
Take intermittent fasting: This involves either a 16 hour fast on a daily basis or a 24 hour fast every two weeks. It increases the production of autophagy, which helps detoxify the body by removing damaged cells. It also gives the system a break to get rid of previous toxins.
Reduce your sugar intake: Our bodies need time to recover from the candy consumed during the holidays. Hence, it is essential to omit artificial sugar from your diet, which includes baked goods, candies, chocolates, sodas, etc. for at least a week. If possible, also try to avoid alternatives to sugar.
Hydration is the key: Drink at least three to four liters of water to keep your body hydrated. This will help you flush toxins from your body through sweat and urine. It will also help stimulate digestion.
Start your day with lemon water / detox water: You can start your day with a glass or two of lukewarm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. It removes all toxins and excess sugar from your body, promotes digestion, and relieves symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. You can add honey to your lemon water or consume water with jeera (cumin seeds) or methi (fenugreek seeds) soaked in it.
Stick to homemade meals: Rather than ordering outside, a simple home-made dish such as daliya or khichdi can provide the necessary nourishment. While snacking, opt for a piece of fruit rather than something fried. Also include raw, steamed, or sautéed vegetables, dal, and high-fiber grains such as amaranth, millet, oats, and brown rice.
Go vegan for a week: With the help of a balanced vegan diet, you will be able to reduce processed foods and excess salt from your diet. With lots of vegetables and fruits, your body will produce fewer toxins and get a higher level of protein.
Don’t miss the exercise: Regular exercise helps in detoxification because it regulates the circulation of the lymphatic and blood systems. If you don’t have much time, you can take a brisk walk or go on a 10-minute diet that includes squats and other similar exercises. Even something as simple as giving up the elevator and taking the stairs can help you have a healthy heart.
Contribution of nutritionists Avni Kaul, Pooja Banga and Rohini Patil
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