Sunday, 1 November 2015

What is a detox diet?

Whether you overindulged the night before or just need an extra push in the right direction,  this one-day detox diet will get you on your healthy way!

Detox diet is essentially a low calories diet with low protein food and loads of water. It also requires the salt content to be minimum if not zero. Simply put detox diet has loads of water, vegetables and a small portions of fruit.

Body cleansing is basically done to give rest to our organs, excavate the toxins and boost the metabolic rate.
It includes keeping the heavy digesting proteins absolutely low, no gluten, high fiber, more of liquids to flush flush flush!

So no wheat, no white rice. Have more of greens, colourful veggies and fruits, nuts, sprouts, corn, kidney beans, hummus, quinoa, oats, ragi, jowar, moong dal, etc.
And the liquids too.. Coconut water, buttermilk, yoghurt, lemon water, fruit-n-veggie smoothies, etc

Some helpful tips for a detox diet...
1. Start your day off on the right note by drinking some hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Aside from giving the body a boost of vitamin C, hot water with lemon also helps to stimulate the digestive tract. Be sure to continue to drink water all throughout the day—hydration is key to a healthy detox!

2. Instead of having a cup of tea/coffee, opt for green tea. Rich in antioxidants, green tea has also been shown to boost metabolism.

3. If you're feeling like you need a little snack before lunch, grab a fiber-rich apple, or pair some belly-fighting blueberries which boost the immune system - each snack will aid in digestion.

4. Apart from these you can have bananas during the day as they are one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! They’re also brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink.

5. Another important item which can be added to the detox diet is steamed asparagus. According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus may alleviate hangover symptoms and protect liver cells against toxins. The veggie spears are also a natural diuretic, which will help flush the excess toxins from your system.

6. Meals should essentially have no carbohydrates. Avoiding starchy carbs will help to further relieve your body of bloat, while protein—rich in vitamin B6 and amino acids—will help to alleviate groggy hangover symptoms.
So have mixed vegetable soup (peas/beans/tomatoes) and salads of fibre rich vegetables like cabbage.

7. Red ginseng tea can be added to your detox diet too as it causes a significant reduction of plasma alcohol levels and hangover severity.

8. Relaxation and sleep are equally important. It’s during sleep the brain detoxes harmful toxins associated with stress and harmful diseases.

9. You can have detox water too the entire day.

So detox the healthy way.

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