While most people do attempt detox to drop pounds fast, a better idea is to do it for health reasons. Instead of looking at detoxing as a way to squeeze into a tight dress by the weekend, consider it a solution to ease the heavily taxed body and bust symptoms like fatigue, foggy brain, unexplained aches and pains, bad breath, low immunity and digestive issues. 

In fact sinus problems, asthma, abnormal body odour, food allergies, brittle nails and hair, psoriasis, adult acne – are also classic signs that scream for a detox. Solve all these, and weight loss will happen any ways as a pleasant side effect.

That said a liquid diet, or expensive over the counter remedies and short term fixes are clearly not the answer. Nutritionist, Kavita Devgan has a very simple game plan for detoxing.

Say No To Smoking

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First begin cutting out what is ‘clearly’ toxic from our daily diet. This includes smoking, excess processed food, chocolates and obviously alcohol. Also skim off sugar from your diet.

Cut Down On Coffee

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Second, cut down those endless cups of coffee now! Give your liver a chance to rest from detoxifying all that caffeine every day. Don’t stop deadbolt, taper it off.

vegetables fruits

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Third, focus on fruits and vegetables to up the supply of antioxidants (like vitamins E and C, beta carotene and some trace minerals like selenium, copper etc). These will help detoxify the body by getting rid of the free radicals (which make you feel unhealthy and fatigued and in the long run also lead to myriad diseases like heart problem etc).

It’ll also help immensely to go vegetarian for a while, or at least cut down heavily on non-veg foods. This will support the liver with nutrients and easy-to-digest food, while it works overtime to cleanse your system. 

Detox With Water

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Finally hydrate and then some more. Water is an essential element of every bodily function and is an amazing detox tool. You can also take warm water by way of this herbal concoction: boil some cumin, coriander and fennel in water and then drink. 

But don’t use detox as a bandaid. Apply these principles in your daily life as well.

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