Winter season is full of festivals, celebrations, engagements, weddings and we often end up with a bloated tummy and snapped energy. The devil is the fattier, sugar-laden and fried foods that do the rounds during festivities. The need of the hour is to strengthen the immune system with a detox programme. There are certain foods that have detoxifying properties. Including these in the diet will cleanse the system and leave you rejuvenated.
WATER: This elixir of life works wonders when you are exhausted. Water has no calories and is needed for most body functions. The amount of water needed depends on a person’s daily activities.
CORIANDER: It is rich in micronutrients and fibre. Its medicinal properties have been documented in Sanskrit and Greek writings. Include this powerful anti-oxidant in your daily meals, either as chutney or garnish. It is a good source of calcium and also helps in thinning the blood.
GREEN/BLACK or RED TEA: Tea is one of the most valued and widely consumed drinks in the world. It is delicious and has zero calories. It is an anti-oxidant, helps in metabolism, slows ageing, cleanses the liver and protects against headaches. The anti-oxidants called catechins found in tea prevent cell mutation; reduce the formation and growth of tumors and lower risk of heart attacks and cholesterol.
LEMON: A glass of lime juice or a dash of lime in your salads or curries will do you a world of good. Lemon prevents acidity as it is acidic on the tongue and alkaline in the body, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. The high vitamin C content boosts immunity and prevents colds and coughs, cleanses the liver and helps the metabolism of fats.
LEAFY GREENS: Greens like wheat grass, spirulina, spinach and fenugreek are a powerhouse of nutrients. It contains chlorophyll, which boosts your digestive tract. These power-packed greens are nutrient-dense, high in protein, full of fibre and contain enzymes that help in the breakdown of food. These cleanse the body of toxins and improve functioning of different organs like the liver and heart.
TURMERIC: This wonder drug is a natural antiseptic, blood purifier, anti-histamine and prevents all kinds of infection. It blocks cancer cells, reduces cholesterol and enhances memory too. It stimulates the liver and increases red blood cell formation.
GARLIC: This antioxidant fights allergies and offers protection from cancer and heart diseases. Eating a bit of garlic every day improves circulation, reduces accumulation of mucus and ensures a healthy digestive system.
ONION: It contains sulphuric acid and quercitin, which is a potent antioxidant. The sulphur cleanses the liver and skin and has antiseptic properties that stimulate the mucous lining of the sinus and digestive organs. Onion’s tearing property prevents infection and increases flow of digestive juices, thereby creating greater absorption of nutrients. It eases coughs and colds, sore throats, congested lungs and sinuses. Quercitin contains anti-cancer compounds and helps eliminate free radicals in the body. It has been found to be beneficial against cardio-vascular diseases and to prevent blood clumping as it thins the blood.
GINGER: The root acts against inflammation, is a pain reliever and natural antiseptic. It helps relieve migraines. Ginger is excellent for aching joints and also helps get rid of flatulence.