Ayurveda - the ancient Indian system of medicine, which is currently very popular - provides the perfect knowledge base for excellent detox remedies and treatments. Here we present top Ayurvedic detox tips for your health and rejuvenation:
- Drink one cup of warm or room temperature still water, with a slice of fresh ginger, just before each meal.
- Leave three hours between each meal to properly digest your food
- Eat small meals - eating 3/4 small meals a day is preferable to one or two big ones.
- Only eat unprocessed whole fresh foods. Look at your plate and ask yourself how close your food is to nature!
- Drink 1/2 pint of fresh fruit juice or lemon and honey drink (3 tablespoons of honey with juice of 1/2 lemon with one pint of water), 3 hours after lunch and dinner.
- Avoid preservatives, colourings and flavour enhancers, such as MSG, in your food. Always read labels
- Restrict or eliminate excess salt, sugar, saturated fats, animal fats, red meat, shellfish, margarine, lard and refined oils, fried foods, caffeine, alcohol and cola/carbonated drinks.
- Do not overcook your food. Steamed or sautéed is better.
- No more than 25% of your meal should contain raw foods.
- Always eat three meals a day - but don't snack. Choose from:
Vegetables - such as: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, kale, leeks, lettuce, onion, parsley, pleas, potatoes, radish, spinach, spring greens, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, cooked tomatoes, turnips, parsnips, watercress.
Fruits - such as: apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, blackcurrants, cherries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, melon, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, papaya, pears, peaches, pineapple, plums, tangerines, watermelon.
Animal - chicken, fish - mainly oily fish (sardines, salmon, herrings, tuna and mackerel)
Vegetable - lentils, mung beans, soya beans, tofu, quorn, chick peas, hummous
Grains - such as: barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, basmati rice, brown rice, wheatgerm, wholegrain breakfast cereals, wholemeal bread and pasta.
Herbs - such as: aniseed, basil, black pepper, cayenne, chervil, chives, coriander, cumin, fennel, ginger, garlic, lemon, mint, oregano, parley, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric.
Nuts/Oils - such as: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, pumpkins seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, paste and oil, walnuts, flaxseeds and oil, extra virgin olive oil.
- Include the six basic tastes in your diet on a daily basis, and if possible, at every meal - sweet (eg grapes) sour (eg. lemons), salt (eg olives), bitter (eg. fennel), pungent (eg watercress), and astringent (eg pear). See below
- Have a liquid diet - fruit and/or vegetable juices - for 1 day in every two weeks.
- Take regular moderate exercise and practice a yoga routine regularly
- Although some sunbathing is good for you - 10 minutes uncovered - if you spend anymore time in the sun - wear sunscreen.
Massage head, neck, and feet daily with warm sesame oil.
Give yourself a full body massage with warm sesame oil at least once a week.
Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts and 1 cup of Sodium Bicarbonate for refreshing bath. Water for the head and face should be cooler than that for the body. Soak both feet in a bowl of hot water, with 1 tablespoon of salt added, for 20 minutes.
Gargle with 1 tablespoon of warm sesame oil for 5-8 minutes - do not swallow! Spit out the oil, and rinse mouth with warm water. Then brush teeth and gums thoroughly. Clean tongue with tongue scraper or firm toothbrush.
More Examples of Basic Tastes
- Sweet - starchy vegetables, grains, milk, pasta, sweet fruits
- Sour - yoghurt, lemons, cheese, vinegar, wine
- Salty - sea salt, olives, food with added salt
- Pungent - spicy foods, peppery foods eg chillies, watercress, garlic, onion, cumin
- Bitter - green leafy vegetables, spinach, courgettes, turmeric
- Astringent - beans, lentils, apples, rhubarb, lettuce, unripe bananas
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