After all the fun and games during the year end festivities, it’s time to recover from the excesses of the season and embrace detoxification, well earned rest or a cleanse. After several weeks of merriment, it’s not unusual to feel a little sluggish, bloated, and in need of a little detox.
With symptoms like weight gain, increased blood pressure and cholesterol, less energy, food cravings, and trouble sleeping you sure need to reboot your system.
From spas to teas, everyone promises detox. Sure, they provide a quick fix for your guilt trip. Not to forget, our body has stupendous self-detox inbuilt functions.
Here are some quick fixes to your routine:
- Start your mornings with a glass of room temperature lemon water.
- Pick up some activated charcoal. This new detox can easily get toxins and poisons out if your system. Mix it with lemon juice and maple for a delicious black lemonade.
- Try bloat busting drinks. Instead of soups sip on bone broth. Try chicken broth for ultimate healing and repair, throw in some fresh carrots, celery, onion, garlic and thyme for added goodness.
- Go organic. A plant-rich diet full of organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes is naturally detoxing.
- Spices like ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, and turmeric are super-cleansing and aid in the body reaching its natural satiation point easily.
- Move your body daily. Walking, yoga, Pilates or stretch breaks will have a calming and restorative effect on your body.
- End your day with a relaxing chamomile tea. Not only does it help with insomnia, it helps break down your final meal. Don’t forget to give yourself a good 8 to 10 hour block to snooze.
Rujuta Diwekar, ace nutritionist suggests, “Hope you had a wonderful festive season, full of family gatherings, eating and sharing delicacies. If this has also been accompanied with late nights, erratic meal times, etc making you feel bloated and dull, here are top food and practices to help you recover –
- Nature’s own recovery drink tender coconut water: It can instantly fix the electrolyte balance and reduce bloating in the stomach. Something that one can reach out for first thing in the morning for a quick recovery from the late-night outings. Indulge in the tender coconut, the medium chain fatty acids in the coconut can boost your stamina and so you have enough kick to workout the next morning.
Nature’s own rejuvenation drink – Chew on sugarcane or have a fresh juice. Blessed with soluble fibre and minerals which support the liver function which again is body’s detox organ.
A traditional detox and go-to therapy for jaundice, sugarcane has what it takes to make one feel as good as new, allowing you to detox from all the excesses of the festivities. Abundant in glycolic acid, sugar cane juice is a beauty staple in exorbitant facial peels and cosmetics, to revive the facial radiance and even help restore the collagen tissue.
- Nature’s own digestive aid – 1 teaspoon jaggery and clarified butter or ghee mixture post lunch and dinner, great for cleansing the intestines or sinuses too. In the form of an energy ball ideally, try coconut, jaggery and ghee combination.
The benefits of ghee includes prevents skin pigmentation, regulates blood sugar, enhances taste, prevents migraine, reduces sugar craving.
Nature’s own detox poses: Practice inversions and twists in your yoga class. The full squat, the preferred pose to detox. It’s a good test for the strength and flexibility in your lower body.
Jaggery: The many wonders of Jaggery include improving your skin, preventing dandruff and hair fall. It also gives relief from bloating and constipation. Try a wrap with jaggery and ghee or peanuts with jaggery for the most non-fussy combination. Fresh jaggery mixed with dry ginger powder, sesame seeds and peanuts could be your go-to snack.
Aliv/Halim seeds or garden cress seeds: Add it to your diet, is the secret beauty pill, it helps prevent hair loss, thinning, split ends and help retain both density and lustre of the hair, bid goodbye to acne and embrace clear skin. A favourite snack on morning flights, it prevents acidity, bloating and other travel headaches.
Cashews have zero cholesterol, provide the body with useful minerals and calm the mind. The cashew fruit is also a rich source of Vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals.
Superfoods for every woman
- Clarified butter or Ghee for stronger bones, better hormonal balance and satiety after meals.
- Rice especially for traveling women as it is available everywhere, tasty and easy to digest.
- Banana: Whether you are running late for a meeting, stuck in traffic, banana works like a wholesome, nutrient rich meal.
- Cashews/peanuts/coconut: in your daily diet to allow for endless mental stamina and physical strength.
9. Gulkand or sweet preserve of rose petals: Therapeutic mixture of rose petals, sugar and some herbs, gulkand can reduce and even prevent acidity. Excessive eating and sleep deprivation is a potent combo to ruin the gut flora and the intestinal mucus. However, gulkand is easy to reach out. You may mix it in milk or simply have it by itself and it will put your intestines on the fast track to recovery.
- Fix a wake-up time and bedtime for optimum recovery. No gadgets 60 mins before going to bed. Above all be happy.