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Finally, it’s summer time and we people are slurping water like we just chanced upon a pond! However, amidst all this guzzling to prevent dehydration we usually tend to neglect our diet. Our bodies do need oodles of water, it sure does, to replenish the lost fluids, but many of us fail to discern that our diet needs some special attention too – Don’t we?
Fact is, you don’t need to slay yourself with a ‘’detox’’ regimen in an attempt to lose weight for a size zero figure, or perhaps, just to compensate for the damage you did to your body the last time you were found guilty for enjoying your “cheat day“, courtesy uncalled hangouts at the most renowned eateries, with some of the best people in town. Nevertheless, this notion has become somewhat of a cliché.
The good news is, there are some home staples with rich nutrients that you must restock in your kitchen. So, hold on to those detoxes and try these instead!
Almond – The liver fixers!
Did you know, the fatty acids that accumulate around your liver after weeks of overeating and wallowing in meethas put you at an increased risk for liver cancer. However, just a handful of vitamin-crowded almonds could rinse out the harmful deposits off your body, according to a recent study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
‘Hara dhanya’, the stomach-settler!
A study in The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry reveals that hara dhania or cilantro is an aromatic herb that gives our desi cuisines a peculiar flavor. It contains a blend of oils that signals our body to act accordingly. It was published in the journal ‘Digestive Diseases and Science’, that these herbs have proven to have a positive impact on the sluggish irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). What could be better? Let’s dip those samosas in to the hara dhania chutney right away!
Turmeric, the pain killer!
You can bring about your drumming head at ease by simply putting an ice-pack, but to enjoy the same anti-inflammatory effect throughout, from head to toe, let curry get back in action. Curcumin, a compound derived from the bright-orange spice turmeric, works as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the liver, research shows. It is therefore known to curb ailments.
Salmon – The Artery Plumber!
Salmon is dense in nutrient and its anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids may then help to reverse arterial stiffness, a known effect of smoking, which inhibits the mechanisms of body. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, four-ounce portion of salmon showed marked improvement in the elasticity of arteries, allowing healthy blood flow.
Lemon water, the detoxifier!
It’s about time you kickstart your mornings sipping away this succulent summer drink. Citrus fruits are rich in anti-oxidants and are the true purveyors of refreshment that stimulate our enzymes and flush toxins out of the body effortlessly, according to the World Health Organization.
Leafy greens, the cholesterol busters!
Vegetables are food superstars! No wonder our favorite childhood cartoon character “Popeye” was marvelously obsessed with spinach! Greens have an incredibly high potential of improving the internal body systems. So, ladies, let’s hit the kitchen! But hey, hold onto the artery-clogging ghee and butter when you toss those greens please.