Like many other festivals, Diwali provides us with an excuse to eat a variety of delectable dishes and sweets. While indulging in your favourite food, it is also important to maintain a healthy balance. Binge eating at a festival also means your body is filling up on toxins, which can make you feel sick or lethargic.

Here are five steps to help your body detoxify efficiently post-festival shared by nutritionist Dr. Archana Batra.

Stay hydrated: Water is necessary for many reasons, including infection prevention, organ function, nutrient delivery to cells, body temperature regulation, joint lubrication, and so on.

Furthermore, drinking purified water is one of the most important things you can do to help your body flush out toxins.

Water consumption at regular intervals throughout the day is essential for keeping our metabolism active. According to the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, men should drink 3.7 liters (about 16 cups) and women 2.7 liters (about 11 cups) of fluid per day.

Avoid sugary foods:  Avoid artificial sugar for at least one to two weeks after the festival to heal yourself and get back on track with a healthy lifestyle. Say no to sugary foods such as sweets, bakery items, colas, and so on.

This gives your body time to heal and recover. You can make a detox shake with plant-based protein powder to help your liver function properly. You can also make a veggie scramble with avocado cooked in coconut oil.

Indulge in exercising:  Even a few minutes of yoga or meditation practice will ensure the proper alignment of a healthy mind and body. You should always begin with lighter workout sessions rather than jumping right into the intense ones.

Go for a walk, take in some fresh air, run around, and burn off the toxins and excess fat in your body. A good workout will improve your immunity and mood, making you feel more resilient and healthy.

Add more fibre to your diet: High-fibre foods are essential for bowel health. Beans, lentils, chia seeds, oranges, pears, apples, carrots, cauliflower, oatmeal, quinoa, almonds, and more are plant-based options.

Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep is essential for overall health and the natural detoxification of the body. A good night’s sleep allows your brain to organise itself and eliminate the toxic waste products that it has absorbed throughout the day.

Avoiding excessive computer screen use, adhering to a sleep cycle, and limiting blue light exposure just before bedtime can all help improve sleep patterns.

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