Diwali detox: Foods you should have

Now that Diwali is over (and you have packed away those boxes of mithai, sweets and fried snacks), it is time to make those much-needed alterations in your diet.
Here‘s why
Since festival time means that you eat a lot of junk and calorie-laden goodies one after the other, it takes a toll on your blood sugar levels, which is not good for your health. What it also does is ruin the body‘s inflammation, which, then makes you more stressed and prone to chronic infections as well. Hence, you need to recharge the body with the right kind of nutrients so that it restores the ability to fight back and avoid infections in time.

Most of us think about going on a crash diet post the festivals, thinking that it can reverse the damage of binge eating. According to nutritionist Kavita Devgan, detoxing post festivals should not have to be this difficult.
Without depending on detox drinks and juices, you should instead be relying on a fuss-free detox diet this November which is very healthy. The best part, all of these are easily in the kitchen.

Your body will thank you later! Here are some detox food options you should definitely be stocking up on to clean the system:

1. Black pepper

If you though black pepper was just something you can season your food with, think again. The humble pepper is loaded with super antioxidants that fight back inflammation and excess problems. The spice is loaded with a chemical compound known as ‘piperine‘, which is effective in kickstarting the acute inflammatory process in the body and get rid of toxins. Some other spices you should be having more of include turmeric and cinnamon, which again are loaded with potent benefits.

Add them to your teas, your salads or with your regular curries and subzis but make sure to have all of these spices regularly.

2. Barley
Foods like oats, barley and quinoa are excellent whole grains that are loaded with high fiber, working actively to fight inflammation from the source. It is also a hypoglycemic grain that keeps insulin levels in check and maintains blood sugar levels on track, helping you prevent sugar problems. Replacing your regular flour (atta) with barley or having barley water can also prove to be an excellent hack to fight the festive weight gain!

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3. Mushrooms and Bittergourd
With the winter season almost in toe, it is also a good time for you to eat what is best available in season. Seasonal food, as we know can help fight so many problems and provide you with a dose of nutrients. According to nutritionist Kavita Devgan, most of us don‘t eat mushrooms regularly and hence, miss out on the nutritional components. It contains a lot of vanadium, which is a trace mineral that effectively works in getting blood sugar levels back on track. Karela, again, is a wonderful source that has been long used traditionally to fight sugar problems. It is known as ‘plant insulin‘ since it is that effective in lowering down spiked up blood glucose levels. Karela ki sabzi had 2-3 times a week is super healthy for you. If you are a non-vegetarian, fatty fish is also a good option to include in your diet.

Eating amla, or Indian gooseberries is another food you should not miss out on since the winter season is starting. Apart from plenty of vitamin C, it also pushes good enzymes in the body, helping clear out toxins.

4. Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds)

One last food option you should be making part of your daily diet is methi seeds (fenugreek seeds). They contain powerful functional compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Having a glass of methi water first thing in the morning can recharge the body‘s immunity and boost its functioning. It is one of the easiest ways you can detox naturally!
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