How to detox with your diet

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - HTCITY MY CITY - An­jali Muk­er­jee, nu­tri­tion­ist

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

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

Seafood, veg­eta­bles and seeds are rich sources of se­le­nium

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