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Cleansing, the inside story
Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
July 06, 2013
First Published: 15:57 IST(6/7/2013)
Last Updated: 17:34 IST(6/7/2013)

In cities, where pollution levels are high and you subject your skin, hair and body to the vagaries of urban living, the only solution is to fight toxicity. An internal cleanse at least once a month can lead to clearer skin, better health and enhanced energy levels. Here are the most convenient and effective foods to aid detoxification.

Coconut water
The refreshing drink helps counter dehydration. It is packed with detoxifying and hydrating sugars and electrolytes like potassium and minerals to balance the pH levels of the body. Drinking coconut water on an empty stomach shows significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects. That’s why it is given to patients as the first drink after surgery. It is also the best drink during diarrhoea to replace fluid loss, particularly for kids.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/7/coconut_water_brunch.jpgTulsi & Aloe Vera juice  
The combination is high in natural vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Some of the minerals found in a mix of tulsi and aloe vera juice include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese. This makes it a good source of natural amino acids and fatty acids, apart from being a digestive detoxifier and an aid in achieving an alkali balance in the body. It also boosts the immune system. Tulsi and aloe vera juice are great for skin and hair. That’s where their effects will be the most visible.

Triphala
Colon cleansing is an ancient Vedic technique for rejuvenating the body. It helps detoxify and remove toxic food residues and other accumulated substances in the intestine. And triphala is considered the safest and most effective natural colon cleanser. All three herbs in triphala are mildly laxative. Not only will they tackle constipation, haemorrhoids, parasites, flatulence, acne and bad breath, but they have also been shown to prevent colon cancer. Colon cleansing also helps relieve headaches and irritability, and is the first step towards acquiring a glowing skin and healthy hair.

Wheatgrass juice
Wheatgrass contains about 30 beneficial enzymes that detoxify the liver, cleanse the colon and remove toxins from your body. Most
enzymes are destroyed when we cook food. Wheatgrass, being fresh, retains almost all of its enzymes. These improve digestion, purify blood, help combat colon problems and boost the formation of red blood cells and white corpuscles. As an alkaline food supplement, it also balances the body’s pH.

Milk thistle
Milk thistle extracts can significantly help reduce the toxin load on the liver. It also strengthens new liver cells and reduces inflammation (which is why it is recommended to people with liver inflammation or hepatitis).
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