Rules to Remember for Detox Fasting

A restricted diet chart excluding processed foods high in fat and sugar as per your body requirements can help you detoxify your body. Enjoy a revived version of you.

Detox fasting is a buzz among most of the health enthusiasts nowadays. Until now, we were fasting by restricting ourselves from eating grains as a ritual on some religious days or otherwise in the Indian context. Who knew it has the ability of detoxification behind it? Though our body is effective enough at removing toxins on a daily basis, detox fasting is a good way to remove the accumulated toxins from our body. Fasting calms the system down and triggers the waste in the body so that it can start working on releasing them.

In most cases, detox fasting is often linked with weight loss, but it has ample of benefits to offer from cleansing the kidneys, liver, lungs, and much more. The list of food items preferred during a detox diet is pretty similar to the one eaten during fasting. The bottom line is to eat light and fresh, and eliminate caffeine and saturated fats from your diet. While we are surrounded by more toxins in the environment than ever, we need to be more careful before we start practicing fasting for detoxification. Here is a guide.

1. How to start? As a learner, start with 24 to 72 hours of fasting and then stretch it to five to seven days depending upon your body needs. Start with a breakfast bowl with plenty of vitamin C, have some fruit juices, herbal teas, and a lot of veggies in your diet. Take care of the meal portions on the initial days and gradually decrease the intake, as fasting may bring some health concerns like headache, nausea, muscle cramps, and tiredness.

2. What to eat? Eat plenty of water-rich foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, etc. Fiber-rich foods such as brown rice and whole grains are really beneficial. During the fasting period, our palate starts to regain its sensitivity. When we eat on regular days, our food platter is full of additives, oil, sugar, and salts; thus, our taste buds become desensitized. When we stop eating, the simplest foods start tasting flavorful, enjoy that. Drink at least two quarts of water every day and include herbal laxatives, antioxidants, relaxation techniques such as massage or sauna, and deep breathing exercises.

3. How to end? It is equally important to focus on how you break your fast. If you end by eating the wrong foods, it can ruin the entire effort. Therefore, it is always best to break the fast by eating vegetables, raw or cooked — for example, a bowl of green salads, steamed broccoli, or spinach. Do not overeat, start with smaller portions, and the rule of thumb for breaking the fast is to restrain from acidic foods such as packaged items, animal products, and processed foods.

Overall, you should eliminate known toxins like tobacco and alcohol. Maintain a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle inclusive of daily routine exercise and an adequate amount of sleep and enough water. Stay Healthy!

By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali

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