Simple ways to make your detox diet effective

Ama Nunoo Ama Nunoo | Editor January 4, 2021

No matter the detox diet you use, it is important to eliminate completely meals that add on toxins like fried foods. Photo: Femme Hub

Around this time, many people are still in the “new year, new me” phase. For most people, it is time to sign up for the latest diet plan because they binged during the holidays. If you did not exercise portion control and the alcohol stand was your best friend, then you might be in search of some sort of cleanse to detoxify your system.

Dieticians advise that one should detoxify their bodies daily, eat clean, and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. However, during the holidays, it is difficult for even the most diligent human to stay on track 100 percent.

The most important thing is, you are aware the body has accumulated enough toxins that need to be flushed out. Nonetheless, do not be deterred as there are simple ways to adhere to the detox diet plan whichever one you choose to go with. Remember, it is important to avoid ingesting raw sugar during the cleanse.

The one thing that ruins a detox plan is the intake of fried foods, alcohol, red meat, fast foods, and sugary carbonated drinks. They defeat the purpose of the detox diet and only introduce more toxins into the body. Please avoid them for an effective detox.

The plans may vary but always remember to stay hydrated at all times. Water is the most preferred option but some find it difficult consuming lots of water. You can take citrus fruit juices, coconut water or cucumber juice. You can also try infusing your water with some fruits and mint.

Include fiber in the meal plan. The body needs the roughages to aid in digesting and to help you free your bowels easier. There are endless options to choose from, for instance, oatmeal, legumes, flax seeds and bran.

Also, antioxidants help the body fight free radicals before vital organs are damaged. Basically, they help break a chain reaction that could affect other molecules in the cell and other cells in the body. It is important to add antioxidant-rich foods like grapes, berries, pumpkin, berries, papaya, pomegranate, and the likes in your meals.

Most importantly, move. This means adding some light exercises in your daily routine to warm up the body after binging during the holidays. Strenuous workouts take a toll on the muscles. Walking, light yoga, and meditations will do for now.