Essentials of a Diet Detox

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 20, 2014

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Any diet that has flavor enhancers, food colourings, pesticides and preservatives exposes our body to the toxins that can affect your.
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    Our Love for Food

    While some take eating healthy as our birth right, many of us consider hopping on whole foods based diet equivalent to travelling to some distant land of our imagination. However, any diet that has flavor enhancers, food colourings, pesticides and preservatives exposes your body to the toxins that can affect your.  Courtesy Images : Getty Images

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    Why Detoxification is Important?

    The toxins in our body lower its ability to detoxify the system. The toxic load affects the system making us sick and can trigger a range of unpleasant symptoms like headaches, migraines, skin condition and allergies. Therefore, it becomes important to detoxify our body with detox diets.

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    Detox Diet

    A detox diet involves eating a selection of foods that help in removal of harmful chemicals, metabolic waste and other toxins from our body. The detox diet not only provides your digestive system a rest but also accelerates body natural cleansing process. Let’s see which foods work best to detoxify our body.

     

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    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years as a traditional medicine. It is known for its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties. Besides, it contains a number of ingredients that help in neutralizing the toxins, cleaning the colon and stimulating cell regeneration making it one of the best foods of a detox diet.Courtesy Images : Getty Images

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    Spirulina Powder

    Spirulina powder is prepared from blue green, unicellular fresh water algae and is rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and antioxidants that help in combating free radicals and boosts your immune system. It has high chlorophyll content and iron bioavailability that encourages speed of detox. You can include spirulina powder in your detox diet in the form of smoothies, shakes and desserts.

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    Blue Berries

    When looking for quick detox solutions, blueberries can be your friend. Blue Berries have anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that help your body to eliminate toxins. It will make a tasty solution for your problem.Courtesy Images : Getty Images

     

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    Lemon Water

    Drinking lemon water without eating any solid food for some days helps you detoxify the system. It is good for you because it contains adequate amount of Vitamin C and other nutrients. Moreover, it has antioxidants compounds called limonoids that activate the detoxifying enzymes.

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    Water Melon

    Another food that is considered efficacious for detox diet is water melon. It is a low calorie fruit which is high in lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C along with fiber. Water melon helps the liver to process ammonia which is toxic waste containing nitrogen in it and converts it into urea. However, water melon in your detox diet is only meant to be followed for three days at a time. Its use for longer period can cause nutritional deficiencies due to lack of protein, dietary fat and all B vitamins. Courtesy Images : Getty Images

     

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    Orange Juice

    Orange juice contains high amount of vitamin C that only boosts your immune system but also prevents the cells from turning cancerous. It also contains potent anti oxidant and limonoids that help in activating body’s detox process. Courtesy Images : Getty Images

     

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    Cranberry Juice

    Next on the list is the Cranberry juice which has been used for many years to cure and prevent urinary tract infections. It is full of antioxidants that help in the process of detoxification. Courtesy Images : Getty Images

     

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    Wheat Grass Powder

    It is made from the freshly squeezed organic wheat grass and is rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, enzymes and protein that boost the immune system and aid digestion. Moreover, it consists of seventy percent chlorophyll which is amazingly alkaline to help the body to maintain a healthy pH balance, purify blood and eradicate damaging toxins. Courtesy Images : Getty Images

     

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