Time to detox

Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 12:19pm IST | Agency: DNA
Here's a guide to give your body a break after making merry through the Christmas season and New Year.

You’ve attended many parties, guzzled numerous glasses of alcohol and pigged out on a number of sweets and foods you can’t even remember. Now it’s time you give your body that much-desired detox, for putting not just your digestive system but also your entire body through the celebration grind. However, there’s no need to punish your body by starving and exercising like a maniac for all fun you’ve had. Here are some simple tips for a post festive season detox:

Cut back on sugar and salt: Feeling bloated while experiencing the holiday blues? It’s not surprising because sweets that you merrily polished off were loaded with sugar. Cutting down on sugar, salt will decrease the frequency and prevent bloating.

Have curd-based meals: Due to frequent consumption of alcohol during the festive season, one can experience acidity after waking up in the morning, opines nutritionist Suman Agarwal. She advises to have curd-based meals. For example, a light breakfast comprising muesli or poha, or upma along with curds. The reason being, milk also contributes to acidity. For lunch, khichdi with curds and a bowl of fruits for evening snack. And lastly, a light dinner of salad or sprouts salad with curds. She recommends doing this detox plan for a day or two.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables: The principle behind the concept of detox is to flush out the bad out of the body and replenish it with the good. One of the best ways to do so is have plenty of fruits and vegetables. They are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, etc. need we say more?

Load up on probitotics: “Since extreme detox can kill good bacteria in the gut also, probiotics like yogurt, Yakult and other lactobacillus should be a regular part of detox,” advises dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel.

Drink plenty of liquids:
After downing numerous glasses of alcohol and coldrinks, it’s time to guzzle water. The former contained sugars and probably left you dehydrated as a result. Besides water, Agarwal advises to also incorporate liquids like buttermilk and coconut water.

Go for a massage: Massaging not only helps reduce the body pain from exercises, it also stimulate lymphatic circulation to remove toxins which helps hasten the detox process. The back, neck, hands, shoulder and feet — areas that are stressed out the most, especially for those with a desk job — are to be massaged. Post massage, head straight for a steam or take a hot water bath. This helps to get rid of the oil and throws the toxins out, says Dr Goel.

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