If you’re thinking you will avoid the overindulgence this festive season, you’re kidding yourself. We’ve all made such promises, tried to stop ourselves from hogging, and failed miserably. And honestly, what’s festivities without those irresistible mithais, savoury snacks, and everything dipped in extra ghee and love?
To help you out, we’ve curated a detox plan that’s easy to put together with ingredients from your kitchen.
Here are six ingredients, when whipped up into meals and drinks, will help you restore your good health in no time.
The best way to cleanse your body inside out is to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. Make sure your water intake doesn’t decrease. You can also add cucumber slices, mint leaves, and fruits like berries and lemon to add flavour—they will also help you flush out the toxins you have built up in your body. P.S. Green tea with honey helps too.
2. Pre & Probiotics
Your gut health will take a toll due to festive over-indulgence. Consuming lots of sugar, fried food, and spices may disturb your gut balance. This is why it’s important to include pre and probiotics into your diet. Have a glass of water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar every morning, or a bowl of yoghurt post meals, or simply add some pickled carrots or beetroots to your plate during lunch or dinner. High-fibre foods like bananas and strawberries also help create a balanced gut and are good to add to your diet.
3. Alkaline Foods
Our go-to alkaline solution - coconuts! One of the best fruits under the vast alkaline group, coconuts are formulated to get your pH back in place. You can add a glass of tender coconut water to your everyday breakfast, or coconut milk to your sauteed veggies or stews. Other alkaline foods that you can munch on at any time include nuts, seeds, veggies and even avocados.
4. Daily Greens
Greens are always good for you, but after an unhealthy week or two, you need these leafy, mineral-rich ingredients to flush out all toxins and make you more energetic. Add leaves like kale, spinach, green onions, and lettuce in fresh salads, or cook them up into your sabjis. Other greens you should also consider are broccoli, cucumbers, mint and green apples.
5. Vitamins A & C
Add colours like reds, oranges and yellows to your plate. Carrots, sweet potatoes and bell peppers (red and yellow) are rich in vitamin A, while fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons, cherry tomatoes, and guavas are good sources of vitamin C. Both of these will help strengthen your immune system and work hard to restore its health.
Along with these wonder ingredients, adding some cleansing rituals like yoga, early morning walks, breathing exercises, and a regular sleep cycle to your lifestyle will help. Avoid alcohol, sugars and heavy carbs for a week or ten days post festivities so your body can ease back to its normal state.