Detox diet plans are made with the objective of removing toxins from our body. Our body works 247 for maintaining hemostasis. Yet instead of being grateful we keep loading it with all the junk. Gradually there comes a point when our body no longer copes up with it and we start experiencing symptoms like headaches, acidity, and acid reflux. This when you know your body needs a thorough DETOX. How does it work? This plan involves going through a period of fasting, better which gives rest to our digestive system. Now the fasting here does not refer to starving, it simply means eating less and consuming food which would increase your metabolism. It also aims at improving circulation and thus purifying the blood.

What to eat? Start your day with a warm glass of lemon and water. This reduces bloating. It immediately cleanses the body by acting as a laxative and prepares the body for further meals. Now there are a variety of detox diet plans. Liquid Detox: This includes consuming only juices for all meals and eliminating everything else. Fruit flush diet: This involves eating only raw fruits that are rich in vitamins and fibers. One can also opt for a general detox diet which is a combination of all of the above mentioned diets. Fruits: Fruits that are high in fibers must be included in the diet. Fibers are water-soluble and hence they hold a lot of water thus acting as a laxative. Papayas, pomegranates, apples, pineapples, berries, Vegetables: Onions and garlic are good for your liver and heart. They are proven to rapidly purify the blood. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and Brussels can work wonders as they are easy to digest and are a storehouse of macronutrients. Whole grains: Grains are not usually the food of choice in a detox diet. However, if your work demands high energy requirements, then one can opt for multigrain or whole-grain bread. Be sure to keep its proportion to minimal. Water forms an essential component as it speeds up the process of flushing the toxins out. Keep sipping. Around 4-6 litres of water per day must be consumed.

What to avoid? Beverages like alcohol, coffee, and aerated drinks are strictly a no-no. White bread and wheat are high in gluten which irritates the gut and might also spike up blood glucose levels. Meat is also avoided as it is difficult to digest. Dairy products are also not chosen, thus detox plans work wonderfully for those with lactose-intolerance. Sugary items are also to be skipped.

How much to eat? Proteins: 50g daily Carbohydrates: Less than 100-150g per day. Most of your carbs must come from vegetables and not grains. Fats: Nothing more than 80g per day. Among this 70% must come from polyunsaturated fatty acids which are obtained by food like flax oil, walnuts and soybean oil. Calories: Various diet plans have various different limits. Some of them are as low as 600 calories. However, for a general detox consumes no more than 1300 calories. The bottom line: Go organic, Go raw. Eat as healthy as possible. The diet is highly effective only when you rule out artificially processed food. Many people have reported with effective weight loss and claim that they felt more light and fresh on a detox diet.

Disha Surwase
Jan. 13, 2020, 10:31 p.m.

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