Now that the fasting month is over, we’re kept busy with invitations to Hari Raya open houses, where plenty of scrumptious foods are constantly served.
With the over generosity of the host, it is hard to stop eating when you’re told to eat more. Out of respect, you reluctantly continue to eat even when you’re already full.
For those who don’t plan or are unable to fast the additional puasa enam (optional six days of fasting in the month of Syawal after Ramadan, according to Islamic calendar), detoxify your body naturally with these 10 ways:
1. Liquid cleanse
If you want to cleanse your body and still maintain your energy throughout the day, going on a liquid cleanse is probably the best way. This means that you’ll only be consuming liquid the entire time you’re detoxing. However, not everyone is fit for a liquid cleanse, so consult your healthcare provider first before you embark on a cleanse. Liquid cleanse may include juicing (cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices) or basically anything in liquid form, from fresh clean water to smoothies, soups and the likes. First time juicing? Read our Guide To A 4-Days Juice Cleanse With Lifestyle Juicery! Additionally, check out our list of 15 Cold-Pressed Juice Delivery Companies In Malaysia.
2. Consume foods that are natural detoxifiers
There are foods that help to stimulate your organs to work better or eliminate toxins from your body, such as broccoli sprouts, citrus, fruit (i.e. bananas, pears, apples, strawberries, blackberries, grapefruit, oranges, dates, figs, plums), garlic, green food (i.e. kale, spinach, wheat grass), mung beans, and raw veggies (i.e. onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beets, turmeric and oregano). Planning to eat healthily? Read our 10 Healthy Home-Cooked Food Delivery Services In Malaysia.
3. Keep hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is definitely a must if you want to detox due to its purity (not to mention the cheapest and most basic way). Every cells of yours will thank you for it, while each of your organ depends on it to function and flush out toxins. Water also tremendously helps in digestion. If you are dehydrated, your metabolism will be off.
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4. Consume whole foods
The best whole foods are the ones which are the closest to their natural state; meaning they are not contaminated with any toxic preservatives and such. Your body will be able to digest and metabolize the food easily if you choose whole foods. In return it allows more time for natural detoxifying to happen.
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5. Get enough beauty sleep
Getting the adequate amount of shut-eye is vital in improving your quality of sleep for a healthy body. While you sleep, your body is working hard to self-detox by releasing hormones that help in the growth of healthy cells, fighting off infections and healing of tissues. In short, sleeping allows your body to do its job.
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6. Eliminate trigger foods
Trigger foods such as caffeine, sugar and gluten can damage your digestive system, drains your energy and may turn into addiction. Your body will naturally improve digestion and energy levels, and will learn to crave natural whole foods instead if you eliminate or ease up on those foods.
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7. Dry brush your skin
It is said that our skin is responsible for one forth of our body’s daily detoxification due to it being the biggest organ. Aside from exfoliating your body for better looking skin, dry brushing also stimulates circulation of the blood and of the lymphatic system. Basically, it enhances detoxification through the skin.
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8. Sweat it out in a sauna
Many formal studies have successfully determine the health benefits of using a sauna with positive outcomes. Apart from assisting in detoxification, sweating it out in a sauna also helps in reducing incidence of the cold, improving endurance, supporting your heart and fibromyalgia symptom. The sweat inducing heat is also thought to balance many health problems including hypertension, fatigue, discomfort, and even certain cravings.
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9. Take your Vitamin C
Some mothers tend to force their children to take Vitamin C. This is because Vitamin C isn’t just for immunity, as they also help in detoxing your bowel, reducing your risk of heart disease, beating belly fat, improving insulin sensitivity, feeding your adrenals and improving your stamina. Load up on these supplements daily.
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10. Get moving
You should move your body on a daily basis whenever you can, particularly when you’re glued to the desk due to work. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout, and sometimes your body will crave relaxing movement, such as a walk, jog, hike, yoga, or a dance class. You’re able to release tension and improve recovery and repair of your body if you move in such ways.
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