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How to replenish your body

Small yet significant changes in your diet can ease off the pressure from your body and mind.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 16, 2011 00:24 IST

Does your stomach feel bloated all day? Do you suffer from acidity? After a late night, do you wake up the next morning with a headache? Do you also suffer from 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. We take in artificial flavourings and colours, sweeteners and preservatives from soft drinks, ice-creams, chips and snacks. These 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. With a change in eating habits, you can avoid all these diseases. Here are simple ways to get your health back on track.

Waking up with a headacheDrink water

Begin your day by drinking one litre of water. Without adequate water, your cells shrink. They are unable to throw toxins. Drinking water helps cleanse the kidneys and purify the blood.

Fast for a day
This is applicable to 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 give rest to the digestive system and allows the body to reserve its energies and rebuilding tissues that need healing. Eating raw food like fruits and vegetable juices, while fasting, helps in yielding high energy.

Avoid constipation
Take in a lot of fibre in your diet by taking isabgol regularly. Eat papaya, prunes, spinach and wheat bran for better bowel movements.

Eat fresh food
Never reheat non-vegetarian food 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.

By Dr Anjali Mukerjee, a nutritionist