Diwali detox: Some suggestions for diet and sleep

N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE writes on how you can detoxify your body effectively post Diwali celebrations.

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Diwali is the time of year when we completely overindulge in unhealthy bingeing, after which your body deserves some time to detoxify. Festivals not only call for a party, but they also provide us with an excuse to eat a variety of delectable dishes and sweets. You’ve probably indulged a fair bit – and there’s probably some mithai still sitting in your fridge. It’s time now to revert to a healthy balance. Binge eating in celebratorery times also means your body is filling up on toxins, which can make you feel sick or lethargic.

Here are five tips for an efficient Diwali detox, shared by Dr. Archana Batra, Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator & Physiotherapist.

Keep yourself hydrated

Water is necessary for many reasons, including infection prevention, organ function, nutrient delivery to cells, body temperature regulation, joint lubrication, and so on. Furthermore, drinking purified water is one of the most important things you can do to help your body flush out toxins. The importance of staying hydrated to flush out toxins cannot be overstated. Water consumption at regular intervals throughout the day is essential for keeping our metabolism active. If you’re feeling lazy, keeping a water bottle on hand is the best way to remind yourself to drink water.

Avoid sugary foods

The most obvious Diwali detox! Say no to that mithai. Avoid artificial sugar for at least one to two weeks after the festival to heal yourself and get back on track with a healthy lifestyle. Say no to sugary foods such as sweets, bakery items, colas, and so on. This gives your body time to heal and recover. You can make a detox shake with plant-based protein powder to help your liver function properly. You can also make a veggie scramble with avocado cooked in coconut oil.

Indulge in exercising

A healthy mind can only exist in a healthy body. The flurry of celebrations, visits to friends and relatives, and sleepless nights have an impact on mental health as well. Even a few minutes of yoga or meditation practice will ensure the proper alignment of a healthy mind and body. You should always begin with lighter workout sessions rather than jumping right into the intense ones. Go for a walk, take in some fresh air, run around, and burn off the toxins and excess fat in your body. A good workout will improve your immunity and mood, making you feel more resilient and healthy.

Add more fibre to your diet

High-fibre foods are essential for bowel health. During the holiday season, we eat anything and everything. As a result, after the festivities, your diet should be high in fibre. Beans, lentils, chia seeds, oranges, pears, apples, carrots, cauliflower, oatmeal, quinoa, almonds, and more are the plant-based options. If festivals are your cheat days, you must make amends with your body when you return to normal days. It will aid in the maintenance of your health.

Get enough sleep

Adequate sleep is essential for overall health and the natural detoxification of the body. A good night’s sleep allows your brain to organise itself and eliminate the toxic waste products that it has absorbed throughout the day. Avoiding excessive computer screen use, adhering to a sleep cycle, and limiting blue light exposure just before bedtime can all help improve sleep patterns. Get enough sleep as part of your Diwali detox.

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