How to detox post the festive season

crop2_240x240_28oct14Once the thrill and rush of the festival season is over, it leaves behind a feeling of guilt and regret. Why guilt and regret? I am sure, you are aware at what I am hinting. No matter how hard one tries, festivities do make us their victim and take their toll on us. One does succumb to the allure of the various sweets, fried savories and rich food.

So, post the festive season, let’s detox.

What exactly is a detox?
In simple words, I would say detox means ridding your system of the bingeing on food and alcohol, late nights and in general, neglect of your body. The dictionary defines detoxifying as “to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such from the body”. Medically, detoxification is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body.

While many consider detox as a sham, I would like to differ. Whatever we eat is eventually digested by the body and it’s by-products are released in the system. When these by products are not eliminated properly from the body they tend to accumulate and over a period of time cause harm to the body. Also we are constantly exposed to air and water pollution, excessive pesticides in food, cigarette smoke etc. All this combined with unhealthy eating patterns and lifestyle lead to a very harmful effect on the body.

During festivals the constant stream of parties and having guests over wreaks havoc on the diet and exercise regime. The post festival feeling of tiredness, lethargy, and bloating, dull skin is all due to the quality and quantity of food consumed during these days. It is therefore very important to give your system a rest so that it can eliminate all the toxins and rest, replenish and heal itself. Detoxification is a very widely used concept to reset the upset metabolism.

  • Guzzle down loads of water. The easiest and most effective route for elimination of toxins is sweat and urine. Adequate hydration will help in this process.
  • A squeeze of lemon juice in the water will help in balancing the PH levels of the body. It helps in regulation of the digestive tract and also helps in fat metabolism.
  • Reduce the intake of sodium. Avoid having ready to eat foods, pickles, papads, canned juices, sauces etc.
  • Reduce or avoid taking sugar. Refined or white sugar would have wrecked a havoc in your system by now. It would be wise to eliminate it from your diet for a few days. Avoid any more sweets, chocolates, pastries etc.
  • Eliminate maida, aerated beverages, diet drinks, and excessive caffeine from your routine.
  • Reduce the quantity of oil in your food. Cut out all fried foods, snacks, namkeens etc.
  • Have fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance. Whenever you feel hungry, snack on a fruit.
  • Make one meal a salad. The lighter you eat, the more rested your system will feel.
  • Have thin buttermilk, clear soups and vegetable juices. These will not only help you in hydration but will also provide the essential fiber and nutrients for your body.
  • Sip on at least two cups of green tea a day.
  • Include at least 45 minutes of exercise and yoga daily in your routine. Meditating for about 15 minutes daily will help improve not only your stress levels but also bring a glow to your skin.
  • Regulate your sleep timings. Get at least 8 hours of shut eye to wake up feeling fresh and energized.
  • Include body massage at least once a week to improve blood circulation and increase lymphatic drainage.

Following this for 3 to 5 days will help you in getting back in your routine and you would feel the difference.

Most assume detoxification diets mean starving, depriving, fasting or skipping meals. On the contrary, it is more about eating healthy, natural and lighter foods.

So, use these tips to detoxify and give rest to your body and get back on the health wagon!

Detox Water:

  • 1 litre- water
  • 4 – 5 slices – lemon
  • 10 -12 – mint leaves
  • 1 small – cucumber sliced
    Add all of this to the water and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Next day, sip on this water through the day.


Ms. Nisha Singh

Nutritionist Nisha Singh is a gold medalist with over 10 years of independent experience of managing various ailments through lifestyle and dietary modifications, counselling of patients, diet and meal planning. She specializes in weight loss diets, pregnancy and post pregnancy diet plans, cardiac and lipid management, dealing with everyday diseases through dietary modification and health management of the athletes.

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