The more array of choices in food and lifestyle we are provided with, the greater our exposure to chemicals.
Chemicals remain inside our body for a very long time, finding a way into it through water, food and skin.
Before they become a cause of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc, it is important to get rid of them.
Detoxification and rejuvenation is a means to do so. In it you embark on a limited-time lifestyle plan, doing and consuming things which eventually helps to release toxins outside the body.
Spices, herbs or supplements can be used as detox medication as a part of your detoxification program.
The benefit derived from such plans is entirely dependent on the methods used.
What happens when you Detox?
Better Metabolism: Gut health is highly important to remain healthy. The first reason for detox is that it improves gut health by cleaning it. It repairs and improves the flexibility of the intestine and stomach muscles.
Cravings Control: A detox diet helps you control your cravings for junk food, tobacco, alcohol or other such stimulants.
Better Physical Health: Detox also helps in losing weight resulting in fitter joints and strong muscles. Loss of excess fats, returns the body to high endurance.
Better Mind Activity: The right detox treatment de-stresses the mind relieving it of anxiety. Neurons are refreshed, thus enhancing mental capabilities.
Who should go for a Detox and Rejuvenation?
Young Adults: Ayurvedic treatment for detox can be done by anyone above the age of 18 years. It ensures the offset of obesity or hormonal imbalance right at the onset.
Irrespective of Gender: If you want to slow down the process of ageing, ensure to flush out toxins with the help of a holistic diet. It promotes longevity of joints and muscles.
Poor Lifestyle Bearers: To destress your body, it is important to perform a detox treatment at home. Regular detox increases productivity at work and home.
Those who have Poor Immunity: The body is prone to allergies, flu, etc. especially during seasonal changes. Doing a detox and rejuvenation regime during this period helps us to prevent them.
What to Expect in a Detox Diet
Anti-inflammatory Foods: Foods containing salt, meats, sugars, preservatives increase the release of harmful toxins. Thus a detox diet focuses on food with natural antioxidants and healthy fats, for eg. green veggies, tomatoes, fresh fruits, seafood etc.
Increased Water: Water is known to flush out toxins from the body. Drink in small quantities 2-3 litres of water in a day. If you like infused water, add some lemon, coriander or mint leaves in your bottle.
Probiotics: Probiotics are known to keep the gut healthy. No one can deny they are the yummiest ways to detox and rejuvenate especially during summers. The good bacteria in kefir, kimchi, curd or yoghurt cleanses the intestines of microbes, food fats, and chemicals.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C in Amla, lemon, orange,or kiwi pulls out each and every microbe or chemical stuck in the nook and corners of the body. They also enrich the soft tissues.
Exercise is a Must: Jogging, walking or even stretching in the early morning hours increases the fresh air supply to the lungs. And of course, say bye-bye to so many issues.
Misbeliefs About Detox
Organ Damager: It is thought that side effects of detox include slow digestion and poor liver or kidney health.This is completely unfounded. In fact, functional efficiency of these are increased if one undertakes seasonal detox.
Crash Diet: Detox is certainly not a crash diet although weight loss is one of the effects of detox. Detox helps you to maintain your weight sustainably, all the while also cleaning the body tissues of particles foreign to it.
Follow it Every Day: Perhaps, the biggest misconception is that detox needs to be followed every day. It’s quite the opposite actually. If followed everyday, it will result in serious deficiency or illness. Detox is to be followed only for as long as it is needed.
It's Only Food Specific: No detox can be completed without drinking enough fluids. To limit the exposure to chemicals, it is advised to use herbal hair and skin products.
What You Can Do at Home for Daily Detox: Some Tricks
Green Tea: It is not hidden anymore that one of the easiest natural ways to detox your body is drinking green tea. A lot of other herbs like Yastimadhu, Pippali, CInnamon or Holy basil can be added to the cup for increased benefits.
Beauty Sleep: You just cannot compromise on a good 7-8 hours of sleep. The best sleeping period is between 8pm and 4 am. The body eliminates blood toxins and corrects hormonal imbalances during sleep.
Fenugreek Tea: Fenugreek is known for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. To keep your gut active and healthy, drink 2-3 cups per day.
Steam Bath: Have you ever noticed how your skin appears so clean and fresh after a steam bath. It is because steam unclogs the pores of hair and skin while eliminating toxins from them. It relaxes tensed neurons too.
Turmeric: The magic herb turmeric can be taken with food or applied as a paste. You can increase the intake of turmeric by making it an ingredient in milk, cooking curries or as a herbal tea. Applying it as a paste treats blemishes, acne and pigmentation.
What does Ayurveda have in store for Detox and Rejuvenation
Manjistha: One of the Ayurvedic herbs for detoxification, it is in great demand. It cleanses the vital organs like kidneys and liver. One can make skin smoother, younger and brighter by applying a paste made out of this herb.
Neem: None of the home remedies to detox can compare with Neem. Neem plants offer medicinal properties from each and every part of it. It is antimicrobial which makes it great for treating stomach, skin and liver infections. Mouthwash or an eyedrop can also be made by mixing some water with neem.
Giloy: Guduchi is another name for this herb. It is a preventive herb in Ayurveda which is known to balance Tridoshas with its positive effect on both mind and body. Giloy helps the body tissues rejuvenate which in turn gives you a better immunity, physical strength and gut!
Shilajit: It is loaded with bioactive compounds and minerals. It stimulates the reproductive system and speeds up the repair of vital functions involving heart, brain and joints.
Trikatu: An awesome spice and a supplement to your food, it is made of three powerful herbs. It is instrumental in purifying blood toxins like cholesterol, blood sugars etc. It also increases white blood cell count.
Triphala: If you are prone to cold, bowel issues or stomach infections, this herb is the safest long term remedy. It also helps in melting that stubborn belly fat.
Yoga: The Ultimate Form of Mind-Body Detox?
It must be surprising to many, but yes, regular summer and winter detoxification can be achieved through yoga.
In everyday life, it can be the best treatment for detox.
The efficiency of the cabbage and beans diet that you have been following so devotedly is increased with the help of Yoga.
The postures in Yoga sets your organs into motion, thus extracting the hidden fats and chemicals out of the body.
Try these poses every morning and see your toxins go out of the body:
Seated Twist: The tension in the muscles of the back, waist and shoulder is relieved with the help of this pose.
Forward Fold with Belly Massage: This ignites the digestive fire which in turns breaks down the fats stuck in the thighs and abdomen. It also is effective in regulating bowel movements.
Three-Legged Down Dog: It regulates blood circulation while being one of the best poses to draw out toxins from the entire body.
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