Categories: Nutrition Wellness

SUMMER DIET DETOX

You are what you eat; so it is natural that what you consume every day makes a big difference in the way you look and feel. But the excessive chemicals, sugar, processed foods and alcohol that you ingest knowingly or unknowingly can make you lethargic, slowing you down even through your day-to-day activities. The good news is that you can rev up your energy, clear your mind, and lighten the toxic load on your body by choosing to get on a gentle, food-based detox. And nature has bestowed upon us seasonal foods that help in detoxification. What’s more, detox processes are easier in the hot weather, when the body can flush out its toxins faster. However, though the liver produces its own antioxidants in the body, you need other antioxidants from food sources in order to remain healthy. So, it helps to increase the intake of antioxidant-rich foods to counter the free radicals in the body. One must try to eat foods that support the liver and the digestive system. Given below are some detox foods to help you clean out your body, making you feel healthy, light and refreshed.

WATERMELON

A summer treasure, watermelon is the number one detox food in the season. Its high alkalinity and citrulline content helps it create arginine, which removes ammonia and other toxins from the body. Watermelon is also a good source of potassium, which balances the high sodium levels in our diets and supports our kidneys, thus cleansing the body.

CUCUMBER

The high water content in cucumbers gets your urinary system moving and helps in flushing out toxins from the body. What’s more, half a cup of sliced cucumber has only eight calories.

1. It goes without saying that one has to drink lots of water, as water flushes the toxins out of vital organs even as it carries the nutrients to your cells. The minimum daily water intake for men is about 3 litres while for women, it is about 2.2 litres.

2. Increase fibre-rich foods in your diet. Dietary fibre plays a role in modulating the immune system, and, therefore, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

3. Steaming or stir-frying the veggies you consume is a good option, as such cooking processes prevent the loss of nutrients.

4. Try to avoid indulging in alcohol and caffeine during the summers, as they are diuretic and promote dehydration, interferes with the body’s ability to regulate its own temperature and dilates the blood vessels. High intake of these in the heat can makes one susceptible to passing out.

5. Drinking warm limewater with honey, first thing, every morning, can stimulate the digestive system and counter constipation.

6. Indulging in exercises can aid in the elimination of toxins through sweat.

7. The polyphenols in green tea is considered a powerful antioxidant, helping in the body’s detox process.

8. Regular consumption of milk in measured quantities may also help in detoxing, as its nutrients are especially important  for bone health, which makes the body stronger while doing away with impurities.

9. Take your vitamins. The body cannot produce this essential nutrient sufficiently on its own. So, it is important to make sure you balance your vitamins in your diet.

10. You may even consider increasing your water intake with infused waters such as watermelon-and-mint-infused water, cucumber-and-lemon-infused water, strawberry-cucumberlemon-and-mint-infused water, and detox iced-green tea.

LEMON

Lemon is a wonderful stimulant for the liver. It dissolves uric acid and similar toxins. The alkalising food helps restore balance to the body’s pH (alkalinity).

MINT LEAVES

They are great for keeping the body cool in summer. Mint leaves help you digest your food more effectively and improve the flow of the bile from the liver to the gallbladder and the small intestine, where the dietary fat is broken down.

AMINO ACIDS

Foods rich in protein sources have amino acids, which is essential for the body’s detoxification processes. Some of the foods that are rich in amino acids are green leafy veggies, pumpkins, chia seeds, soyabeans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sunflower butter, almonds, avocados, figs, raisins and wheat.

Apart from following a balanced diet to maintain a healthy body, one must try to eat at regular intervals to avoid toxic build-up in the body. Sleep also plays an equally important role in flushing out the toxins. All cells and tissues get proper oxygen when we get restful sleep, which, in turn, keeps all the vital organs running optimally.

THE HEALTHY DETOXIFICATION 

It goes without saying that one has to drink lots of water, as water flushes the toxins out of vital organs even as it carries the nutrients to your cells. The minimum daily water intake for men is about 3 litres while for women, it is about 2.2 litres.

1. Increase fibre-rich foods in your diet. Dietary fibre plays a role in modulating the immune system, and, therefore, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

2. Steaming or stir-frying the veggies you consume is a good option, as such cooking processes prevent the loss of nutrients.

3. Try to avoid indulging in alcohol and caffeine during the summers, as they are diuretic and promote dehydration, interferes with the body’s ability to regulate its own temperature and dilates the blood vessels. High intake of these in the heat can makes one susceptible to passing out.

4. Drinking warm limewater with honey, first thing, every morning, can stimulate the digestive system and counter constipation.

5. Indulging in exercises can aid in the elimination of toxins through sweat.

6. The polyphenols in green tea is considered a powerful antioxidant, helping in a body’s detox process.

7. Regular consumption of milk in measured quantities may also help in detoxing, as its nutrients are especially important for bone health, which makes the body stronger while doing away with impurities.

8. Take your vitamins. The body cannot produce this essential nutrient sufficiently on its own. So, it is important to make sure you balance your vitamins in your diet.

9. You may even consider increasing your water intake with infused waters such as watermelon-and-mint-infused water, cucumber-and-lemon-infused water, strawberry-cucumberlemon- and-mint-infused water, and detox iced-green tea.

THE SMOOTHIE RECIPE 

Ingredients

melon, regular size

ginger, 1 cm cube

ice cubes

Method

1. Take one chilled, skinned and deseeded melon and scoop out the flesh.

2. Add the melon into a blender.

3. Add the peeled and chopped ginger into the blender, and add four ice cubes.

4. Whizz up the ingredients and serve chilled.

Sonia Narang is a nutritionist and dietician from AIIMS, with expertise in the field of hospital, food service, and media and corporate.

 

New Woman Team

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