The CLEAN-UP Act !!
With the festivities over, it’s time to take control of your diet. In THE FIRST PART of our detox special, experts give you tips on how to follow and maintain A Detoxification Programme.
The season of indulgence starts with Diwali and continues with bingeing sprees during Christmas, New Year and the wedding season. Holi doesn’t help either. The result — you feel bloated and sleep deprived, your head feels a few kilos heavier and your pants a few inches tighter.
To get back on track, detoxifying your system is the way to go. Dr Nishat Anjum, nutritionist at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital, and Rasesh Vissanji, director of Samskara Wellness, an organic lifestyle initiative, answer frequently asked questions about going on a detox diet.
What is a Detox Diet ?
A detox diet is a dietary regimen that works towards cleansing toxic material from the body. The follower has to consume certain kinds of foods and avoid some ingredients, so that the blood and vital organs naturally cleanse themselves. The diet is planned in a way that the body eliminates waste through biological processes such as sweating and urinating.
Why we need to Detoxify ?
After heavy indulgence, our body becomes a store room of excessive carbohydrates, alcohol, fat and processed food additives. This puts a load on our primary cleansing organs such as the liver and kidneys. Detoxifying the system helps get rid of these accumulations and brings the functioning of these organs back on track. A detox diet also clears the acid build-up in the body and protects against inflammation of digestive organs such as the stomach, intestines, gall bladder and pancreas. Even mental factors such as stress and a change in sleep pattern can be mended through this diet.
Who needs a Detox ?
Those who want to get rid of temporary bloating lose weight, achieve a clear complexion, boost immunity and improve digestion should undergo periodic detoxification diets. However, if you are on any kind of medication, therapy or clinical diets, then consult your diet advisor before undergoing it.
What is the Aim Of This Diet ?
Since the diet flushes out the toxins that bog us down and cause lethargy, you feel more active and energetic post detoxification. Detox also cures sleeping disorders, improves mood swings and increases concentration.
Who ShouldNOT go for a detox?
A detox diet should not be taken without the supervision of a medical practitioner. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, diabetics, thyroid patients and anyone suffering from eating disorders, autoimmune diseases, cancer, terminal illnesses, certain genetic diseases and other chronic conditions should avoid detox programmes.
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