How to detox with your diet
Getting bombarded with toxins, along with a wrong lifestyle and poor nutrition has a cumulative effect on our genetic make-up. Long exposure to these toxins can cause respiratory problems.
The environmental toxins increase free radical (unstable molecules) production in the body through oxidation and this damages the cells. Avoid heavy meals as eating them will reduce your body’s capacity to detox. At the same time, you need to support your body to enhance its detox process. Antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium are known to douse the harmful effects of free radicals and protect against damage from toxins, pollution, smog, etc.
■ Vitamin E: It is a potent antioxidant found in wheatgerm, almonds, groundnuts, soybean, leafy vegetables, all raw nuts and seeds, cold-pressed vegetable oil extracted from sunflower seeds, corn, wheatgerm, etc. It opposes oxidation and prevents ageing. It is well-known for its ability to enhance the immune system. It gets absorbed into the cell membranes, where it acts like a shield. When we’re exposed to pollution, taking vitamin E supplements would help limit the amount of damage done to cells.
■ Vitamin A: Beta-carotene found in yellow, orange and red fruits and vegetables help protect our lungs from air pollution. A glass of carrot juice or a bowl of watermelon or papaya would be an ideal way to start your day.
■ Vitamin C: It is the least stable vitamin as it is sensitive to oxygen, heat, light and air. It helps stop free-radical activity. Humans and apes are among the few animals who need to take dietary vitamin C. Its primary function is to maintain collagen, which helps prevent skin from sagging, and for the formation of ligaments and bones. It protects the lungs from damage due to smog exposure.
■ Selenium: It is an antipollution prescription that helps to keep the lung tissue elastic. It is naturally available in whole grains, vegetables (beetroot, peas, tomatoes), soybeans, seeds (alfalfa, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) and fish.
Consult your doctor before taking any vitamin supplements.
HEAVY MEALS WILL REDUCE YOUR BODY’S CAPACITY TO DETOX. YOU NEED TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY TO ENHANCE ITS DETOX PROCESS. ANTIOXIDANTS SUCH AS VITAMIN A, VITAMIN C, VITAMIN E, AND SELENIUM ARE KNOWN TO DOUSE THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF FREE RADICALS AND PROTECT AGAINST DAMAGE FROM TOXINS, SMOG, ETC
Seafood, vegetables and seeds are rich sources of selenium