5 foods that will help you detox post Diwali

The festival of lights may have passed us by, but the festivities will continue until the New Year rolls around. So, it’s time for a detox diet to flush out toxins from the body before the next round.

Detox diets vary, but most involve a period of fasting followed by a diet of raw vegetables, fruits, juices, and water.

Give detoxification a twist by making detox foods part of your daily diet. That way, you’ll never have to plan an after-party purge again. Here are some easily available foods that are great for detox.

Beet

Can’t stand the except when it’s in disguise? Give it a try as it can help you detox super fast. New research shows that beets may qualify as a superfood. Studies have shown that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow. The high fiber content prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

How to have it?

Boil small pieces and sprinkle with salt, pepper and lemon. put it in a raita or cold soup. It can also be used as one of the ingredients in a pasta sauce to bring some color and nutrition.

Cabbage

cabbage

We don’t suggest you go to extremes, but instilling some cabbage in your diet would be a good way to detox your body. Cabbage helps to cleanse the liver – badly needed after all that binge. The fiber in the vegetable ensures that your digestive system stays on track and flushes out all the toxins from your body. Regular consumption of this zero-calorie food also lowers the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

How to have it?

Cook cabbage with onions, garlic, carrots and beans and season with lemon, salt and pepper for a quick and filling cabbage soup. You can also make a quick cabbage and carrot salad with raisins, along with a dressing of freshly squeezed orange juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. A tasty recipe for post-party detox!

Turmeric / Haldi

haldi/turmeric

Turmeric / Haldi it is ubiquitous in Indian religious ceremonies and cuisine. Turmeric root is also widely used to make medicine. Turmeric is beneficial in cases of heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.

How to have it?

Haldi milk is a great way to detox after Diwali. Add a teaspoon of haldi along with a piece of cinnamon, some peppercorns, cloves and cardamom to the boiling milk and boil for 2 minutes. Strain, add a teaspoon of honey and enjoy this nutritious drink.

Garlic

garlic

This is a staple in many detox diet plans. In addition to being beneficial in conditions related to the heart and blood system, it is also used to treat fever, cough, headache, stomachache, stress and fatigue. Garlic helps maintain healthy liver function and is among the foods that can keep cholesterol in check. Don’t worry about the stench; the compounds that make garlic smell bad is what makes it so beneficial.

How to have it?

Add the grated garlic to the curd along with the mint for a quick dip. Enjoy the dip with cucumber and carrot sticks. Garlic pickles are also a great addition to help with detox. Garlic cloves can be pickled in vinegar and saline along with beets, radishes and carrots.

Green tea

Green tea

The high presence of antioxidants puts green tea on most detox lists. These antioxidants seek out and kill free radicals – known to help with aging and other diseases – before they can do any damage. Regular consumption of green tea includes improved brain function, fat loss and a lower risk of cancer.

How to have it?

Soak a teaspoon of green tea leaves in hot water for 5 minutes, strain and drink this healthy drink. You can add some lemon to it too. The green tea blend can be added to your morning smoothie for a quick detox breakfast.

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