Have you noticed how crucial health is? It is the fulcrum of prosperity and progress for us- a feat that we often neglect, in the scramble called life. While trying to juggle professional and personal life, it's health that takes a backseat. Especially when it comes to the festive season- where you are rushing helter and skelter, either enjoying hedonistically or stretching yourselves to the hilt in getting things in order. This back and forth creates more problems than good. A post-festivity detox is needed, to cleanse body and mind, so that you can bounce back.
As we delve further into forming a perfect detox plan, regimes come into a precedence. You think you can skip a full-body workout? Think again! The basis of detox starts with a proper workout- that strengthens your body and nourishes your mind. Here, hitting the gym can help you to a great extent. Working out to pulsating beats may just be what you need. Looking for a more holistic approach? Why not opt for yoga! Being a complete body exercise, practising yoga asanas help soothe the body and mind. Yoga promotes healthy digestion, relieves stress, as it cleanses the body naturally. We’d suggest early morning yoga as the best solution to flush out the excess. You can pick up Agnisar Kriya that aids digestion and Kapalbhati Kriya that increases the basic metabolic rate and aids weight loss, apart from Trikonasana (triangle pose) and Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose).
Detox in the diet is also an aspect that one should look towards. A cleansed diet, filled with the right nutrients, helps in cleansing your gut, digestive system. This, in turn, affects your body and mind on a transcended level, letting you effectively shed weight and toxins. Detox plans often involve consuming a host of fresh vegetables, fruits and nutrient-rich food- things that are just right for your body. Although a word of advice- assess your health before changing your diet. Consult your physician- jumping into a diet without prior knowledge can damage your system. You need to take into consideration what works for you, allergies, anomalies and all, before venturing into something drastic. Here are a few simple ingredients that you can add:
1. Lemon Water
Lemon water is an elixir of sorts, aiding in digestion and detoxification. It pushes the liver to produce bile, allowing the food to digest easily. Start with a lukewarm glass of lemon water. You can also boil a pot of water, add lemon to it, let it cool down and keep sipping it through the day- this can act as a palate cleanser and fat burner, all at the same time.
2. Green Tea
Considered green tea as a placebo? Its' time to rethink this golden beverage that is rich in antioxidants. Green tea helps in fighting diseases such as obesity, pulmonary constraints, keeping the liver clean for digestion. Its hydrating properties counters the effects of rich foods which tend to deplete the water content in the body. Green tea also helps in increasing the metabolic rate of the body, consequently burning body fat. Sip on green tea, twice a day, to feel the difference.
Liquid diets are in and what better way to commemorate that than with a nice bowl of soup? While soup can be made up of a mix of ingredients, there is no better way of flushing away body fat, than with a large bowl of vegetable soup. Light and nutritious, the vegetable soup keeps you feeling full for longer. Here, you can experiment to your fullest heart, choosing to make your soup with multiple vegetables. The consistency can differ too -make it thin or thick depending upon your taste. Vegetable soup is liver’s best friend- filling it up with antioxidants as well as potassium, creating an alkaline atmosphere required to eliminate toxins from the body.
There is no list of healthy ingredients, that is complete without the mention of fruits. It is no Fruits are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibres, making them a mainstay in any detox. Your diet needs to include at least 3-4 servings of colourful fruits through the day, acting as building blocks for the body. The fibre in fruits helps cleanse the toxins that are lining the intestinal walls. This promotes the absorption of nutrients in the body. You can choose from an array of fruits including apples, berries, grapefruit, kiwi, guava, lime, melon, oranges, papaya, grapes, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberries, watermelon and more.
5. Nuts and Dry Fruits and other proteins
Depending simply upon vegetables and fruits leads to an incomplete balance, where too much of roughage can have a detrimental effect. You need proteins to keep things afloat- think eggs, soya and lean cut poultry/fish. These provide you with the right amount of nutrients and energy to keep you going further. Another bunch of healthy ingredients- nuts and dry fruits. Nuts have the power to rejuvenate our system, as they break down gluten from consumed carbohydrates and make the process of digestion easier. They also help neutralize the toxins in the colon, to help keep it clean. These nuts and dry fruits can be beneficial for vegetarians, as they are packed with Vitamin B.
Follow these rules and be prepared to have that post-Diwali glow stun all and sundry!