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How to replenish your body

health-and-fitness Updated: Feb 24, 2011 13:06 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
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Does your stomach feel bloated all the time? Do you suffer from acidity and indigestion? After a late night, especially after drinking alcohol, do you wake up the next morning with a headache? Do you also suffer from major sugar cravings, a low immunity? Your tongue remains coated and you feel irritable all the time. You come back from work exhausted and aren’t able to lose weight inspite of your efforts? This is when you know that your body needs help.

As you go about your routine activities of working, partying, eating food containing synthetic chemicals, you keep collecting toxins. Along with processed foods, we take in artificial flavourings and colours, sweeteners and preservatives from soft drinks, ice-creams, chips and snacks. These chemical toxins build up in the liver and eventually overflow into the blood stream, filling our entire system with toxins. The stored toxins cause all the aforementioned problems like headache, bloatedness etc.

Coconut waterThus, those who eat a lot of junk-food suffer from dizziness, light-headedness, sugar cravings and low BP. With a change in eating habits, you can avoid all these diseases. Once you realise that your system is not functioning as it used to, here are simple ways to get your health back on track.

Drink water

Begin your day by drinking one litre of water after waking up. Without adequate water, your cells shrink and get dehydrated. They are unable to throw waste matter and toxins out of the body. Drinking water helps to cleanse the kidneys, brings about diuresis and purifies the blood.

Fast for a day
This is applicable to only those of you who are leading a life of excesses. That means eating restaurant food frequently, not exercising, drinking alcohol, smoking, eating fried and sugar-laden food, keeping late nights etc. Fasting helps to give rest to the digestive system and allows the body to reserve its energies for cleansing the body off toxins and rebuilding tissues that need healing. Eating raw food like fruits and vegetable juices, while fasting, helps in yielding high energy. Fasting helps to eliminate wastes.

Avoid constipation
Take in a lot of fibre in your diet or by taking isabgol regularly. Eating papaya, prunes, spinach and wheat bran also helps in better bowel movements. By clearing your bowels everyday you will avoid the growth of unfriendly organisms in your large intestine.

Eat fresh food
As in the case of non-vegetarian food, never reheat it more than once. Bacteria breed in stored and cooked meats, and when you ingest these foods, the bacteria enters your body and overloads the immune system. Also, if you eat non-veg food in restaurants more than thrice a week, you are overloading the liver with toxins and it may not be able to detoxify effectively. Nutritional science has a powerful healing effect on the body.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre

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