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Detox is one of the most abused word today. People want to detox with powders, pills and something green to drink, without putting much thought to what detox actually suggest. What is exactly the right way to detox? To understand that we have to understand human body a bit scientifically.
In actual term, detox means cleansing. When one detoxes, they abstain themselves from eating certain food and engage into a systematic method to clean their system.
So drinking a green colour drink in the morning and then eating pizza at night is not detox. Human body is very smart when it come to detox. Our body part, especially liver is working 24/7 to cleanse our blood. The point is how we help our body to be more effective in doing what they do best.
Lets look at body parts, which actually work hard to detox our body.
1. Liver: The liver filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. It also plays vital role in metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrate.
2. Intestine: With secretion of bile toxic substances are transported into the small intestine and continue through the intestinal tract to exit the body in the stool.
Whatever can still be utilized from the alimentation, such as fiber, is broken down with the help of the intestinal micro flora, and is transported to the liver for detoxification.
3. Kidney: kidneys remove waste products and excess fluid from the body.
So when we talk about detox diet, we should eat food or do things that help these important body parts to do their job better. And avoid things that would restrict from smooth functioning of these natural processes.
What are food items that make a detox diet?
Water: Water should be first step towards cleansing your body. Drink 4-5 liters of water, preferably lukewarm. Add lemon, mint, fennel, rose, bishop weeds, fenugreek seeds, raw turmeric, pepper or ginger to improve digestion and metabolism
Fruits: Fruits that are rich on fiber like apple, papaya, pineapple, guava, sugarcane, and Indian gooseberry. Dry fruits like Figs and Munaka (Raisins with seeds) work as natural laxative.
Vegetables: Most Non-starchy seasonal vegetables are helpful as they are light in stomach and are packed with nutrients. Most vegetables are highly recommended in detox diet.
Jaggery: Jaggery works as a blood purifier. Eat a small piece after lunch.
Lemon: Lemon aids digestion. It helps in relieving excessive accumulation mucus and unwanted products from stomach.
Raw turmeric: Effective properties of turmeric that makes it sharp and penetrating in nature, helps to remove blocks in liver.
Garlic: Garlic has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Removes unwanted bacteria from intestine.
Dry Ginger Powder: Dry ginger powder is has anti-inflammatory properties. It improves digestive juices in body and helps in improving metabolism.
Few Tips for detox diet
Avoid Salt for a day: Help your kidney to flush excess water. Sodium retains water in our body. if we feel bloated or has eaten high sodium food, it is better to avoid salt for a day.
Drink water: On detox diet, drinking 4-5 liters of water is must.
Use Ghee as only source of fat: Ghee has the ability to improve metabolism, So it is important to have ghee during detox.
Sleep well: Nothing will work if you don’t get a good night sleep.
Sweat it out: Go and do whatever exercise is possible. Let the blood circulation work wonders.