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How to detox post Diwali
Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
November 09, 2013
First Published: 15:14 IST(9/11/2013)
Last Updated: 17:29 IST(9/11/2013)

Most people tend to overeat during Diwali and feel unhealthy after the festive high wears off.

What your body needs is a thorough internal cleansing to feel fit again.

Start with a ginger-honey decoction. Ginger has many healing and cleansing properties. It controls and subdues flatulence and cleans the liver as well. When you add honey, it makes ginger even more effective because honey is an efficient transporter of essential elements.

HEALING TOUCH: Ginger controls and subdues flatulence and cleans the liver.

To make this decoction, take a centimetre of ginger root and crush it. Add this to two glasses of water and bring it to the boil. Reduce to half. Add half a teaspoon of honey. Remember, never boil honey or add it to boiling hot water, as it can become toxic. Always add honey to warm or lukewarm water.

Another easy way to detoxify your body is by drinking a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed in it. Lime juice is a great detoxifier. Just make sure you don’t add salt or sugar. 

The next in line is triphala. Just take half a teaspoon of triphala and add to lukewarm water. Stir it well till it partially dissolves in the water. Pass the decoction through a strainer and drink the liquid.

Aloe vera juice is also a powerful detoxifier. Take two tablespoons of aloe vera juice, mix it with a cup of water and drink it twice a day. Your body will thank you.

Eat Right
GET FRESH: Eat lots of fruit like oranges on the day you decide to detox your body.

The day you decide to detoxify your body, do not consume any aerated drinks, fried foods or milk products. Avoid chutneys, ketchup and salty foods as well.

Eat lots of fresh fruit like apples, oranges and papayas. You can end your day with a teaspoon of isabgol and wheat bran. This will add fibre to your diet and cleanse your intestines. Wheat bran and triphala combine to provide soft and hard fibre, which is extremely important when you detoxify.

Detoxification is a must after Diwali. Perform this ritual one a month and you can be assured of a happy, healthy body. 

From HT Brunch, November 10

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