Now that the festivities of Diwali have settled after everyone has had a gala celebration, isn't it the time to detox yourself? Indeed, it is. With fireworks, food, frenzy, and running around, besides a super calorie-laden festive week, you must detox safely and healthily to get your system back on track. Since we all know that the body's organs have taken ample load in the last few weeks and they need detoxification to be up and running again, it is time to make some effort. To recharge, rejuvenate, and renew your body, many decoctions can be made at home. One does not need to spend loads of money to visit fancy detox centers to get detoxified. A simple regime and a nutritious diet can cleanse you from deep within. And then, of course apart from eating right, don’t forget to start your workouts, walking routines, and exercises that will keep you active from the outside as well.
Why Does The Body Get Toxins?
Toxins in your body come in two forms, one is through endotoxins which are byproducts your body makes, such as lactic acid, urea, and feces and the second is exotoxins. These are toxins that come from outside your body. These include chemicals, water, airborne pollutants, and pesticides. An unhealthy buildup of toxins in our body will cause stress and discomfort thus leading to severe health problems. Though our body is designed to detoxify itself naturally, sometimes we need to remove them to get the system to bounce back into health.
Here are some easy-to-make decoctions for a thorough post-Diwali detox. The recipes are a powerhouse of antioxidants that protect the body from the after-effects of harmful toxins and will have long-term benefits on your body. You get a power-packed dose of all the essential Vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E, and K besides ample amounts of folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Just ensure you consume them as soon as you prepare them to reap the best results.
Nutrient Dense Detox Stew
This stew is great for a post-Diwali detox that can easily help ward off infections. The fiber helps in cleansing the digestive system.
1 cup mixed vegetables (green beans, onions, cabbage, peppers)
1 cup root vegetables (carrots, beets, sweet potatoes)
A pinch of cumin powder
A pinch of cinnamon powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups water
How To Make:
Pressure cook the root veggies and then add other veggies and boil for a few minutes. Season the vegetables with cumin, cinnamon, and turmeric powder. Add water and let it simmer. Lastly, add lemon juice, salt, butter, and pepper. Relish the stew hot.
Loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients, this one will give your body a thorough detox
1 carrot, grated
1 cucumber, chopped
1 cup red cabbage, cut into strips
1 cup yellow and red bell peppers
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup low-fat paneer cubes
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
How To Make
Blanch the broccoli florets. Mix all ingredients to make a power-packed and delicious salad. Squeeze the lemon juice, coriander leaves, and pumpkin seeds on top.
Green Tea Smoothie
This power-packed smoothie gives you antioxidants from green tea and is backed by powerful phytonutrients. Apple offers pectin and the protein content in yogurt keeps you super satiated.
1 cup green tea, brewed and chilled
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup finely cut apple
1 tbsp yogurt
How To Make
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until it reaches a smoothie consistency. Consume immediately.