- Eat Right
- 8 Months ago
Want to shake off the effects of binge drinking and eating? Get up to speed with our diet.
- The liver is the major organ involved in detoxification. However, it is important to support other organs involved in the process of eliminating toxins.
- The skin and the kidneys eliminate toxins through sweat and urine.
- Plenty of water and herbal teas plus a sauna can reduce the symptoms of toxic overload as they expel toxins through the urine and through skin pores.
- 30-40% of your diet should be raw fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables and orange, yellow, purple and red-coloured fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid artificial chemicals and toxins, sweeteners and colourings, (especially aspartame: a man-made sweetener with almost no calories), flavourings and preservatives (no packet soups).
- You may need to take supplements of vitamin B12 and iron to avoid poor metabolism and fatigue.
- Dehydration and fatigue also require protein, hence a great source of protein is a lightly cooked dal (the yellow ones please).
- Stick to a light, bland khichdi as a meal. This combines protein with carbohydrates to give your body the required energy without overloading the digestive system.
- Add yoghurt for soothing your stomach and enhancing absorption of amino acids in dal.
- Drink large amounts of fluids (apart from water) like raw juices and green tea, herbal and regular weak tea.
- Avoid strong teas, coffee and carbonated drinks. These dehydrate the body and strip the Vitamin B1 from the body as well as encourage loss of important minerals such as magnesium, potassium and sodium.
- Avoid non-vegetarian food, as this takes longer to digest and puts a load on the already overloaded system.
- Junk the old saying of "treat a hangover with alcohol". Don't go near alcohol for three days at least.
Reproduced from Outlook Business's Wellness Column by Rachna Chhachhi