Detox is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver. Diwali is the festival where one has no control over diet, Sweets, fried foods and Alcohol is consumed to the highest level. If you had too much wine? Or indulged in too much sweets? Face it, post Diwali high is always accompanied with a crash where you feel guilty of indulging too much. You can prep ahead on how to detox right after your Diwali gluttony.
Okay, in Diwali you have had tons of Sweets/Mithai and chocolates. Still craving for more? The deal with refined sugar is if you have few sweets, your body gets an insulin rush and demands more sugar. It’s a vicious cycle – sugar feeds on sugar. Beat it: Get out of this ‘I want more sugar’ mindset by eating foods rich in fat and protein to help slow down your digestion. Nuts are great for the purpose – pick almonds, walnuts and raisins. High fiber veggies and fruits are also good to have when you are trying to detox. The ideal breakfast the day after indulging in sweets should be something high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbs. Like a glass of milk with an omelette or lassi with a bowl of sprouts.
If you have encouraged yourself on ghee-laden puris and heavy curries then you are feeling bloated. Beat it: Don’t sleep right after a heavy meal. Shun oil-based foods for the next 2-3 days. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate by having lots of water, coconut water and nourishing vegetable soups. If at all you need oil, use coconut oil, canola oil and olive oil.
Alcohol is dehydrating, so avoid for a week. Tank up on healthy fluids. Beat it: In this situation lime water works best. Also, eating fruits with high-water content like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines will help in detoxifying the kidneys and liver.