Detox or detoxification is the process through which the body neutralises and eliminates toxins such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine from the body. The presence of such toxins in the body can harm the body's tissues. Organs such as liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic systems work together to transform all such toxins to less harmful compounds and excrete them from the body.
A diabetic detox diet comprises of foods that can help remove environmental and dietary toxins from the body without causing any harm to the person. It tends to minimize the amount of chemicals ingested and maximise the intake of nutrients and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification. A detox diet is usually rich in fibre and water as it increases the bowel movement and urination.
Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal system, offers detox diets to help the body get rid of the unwanted toxins. An ayurvedic diet tends to be lighter on the digestive system and easier for the body to allow ample time and energy to perform its natural detox processes. However, its main aim is to promote the detoxification in the body.
There are usually two types of Ayurvedic detox diet. One is a general Ayurvedic detox diet which is common for everyone and supports natural detoxification process of the body. The second type is a customised detox diet based on the requirements of a particular person. The customisation is done considering the body type, health, a number of toxins in the system, personality of the person and damage to any organs done by the toxins.
Apart from ayurvedic medicines for diabetes, the general Ayurvedic detox diet for a diabetic person recommends eating raw and fresh vegetables or vegetable juices for the first three days since the commencement of the diet. The vegetables should be easy to digest and provide ample nutrition to the body. From the fourth day, one can gradually include easy-to-digest cooked foods such as soups. However, the main focus of the diet still has to be on the raw fruits and vegetables. Drinking plenty of water throughout the diet is very crucial for detoxification.
The diet provides ample nutrition without putting the digestive system under any stress which eventually allows the body to efficiently perform its natural detox processes. The ayurvedic detox diet should be followed for around 10 days before switching back to normal diet. It can be repeated 3 to 4 times a year depending on the amount of toxin a person has in the system.
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