Hands up if you’ve been feeling bloated and experiencing nausea for the past week over the festive season? Our body might be exhausted from all the amount of food and sugary drinks that we had consumed, especially after a month of fasting in Ramadan. As Eid is known to be the time to feast, we’re bound to be careless about our well-being.
Thanks to our conscience and guilt, we’d do whatever it takes to feel good again. And below are some of a few simple detox tips, without us having to go through drastic measures to reclaim our physical health.
1. Drink water and herbal tea
Sugary drinks are more harmful to us than we might even realise, especially when consumed in excess amounts. Not only will they dehydrate us, but drinks overloaded with sugar will increase our risk of getting heart diseases as well as obesity.
Always bring a bottle of water wherever you go so you would remember to hydrate yourself when necessary. Herbal teas such as green tea is also a great choice of beverage over caffeine and carbonated drinks. Green tea carries a lot of benefits as studies has shown that drinking it will increase your metabolism temporarily; it also lowers the risk for diabetic II and boosts brain functions.
Remember, the more natural your drinks are, the better they are for you.
2. Avoid heavy (high-carb) food
During Eid, we had probably consumed more cakes and high-carb food throughout the day even more than usual. So, opting for a low-carb diet wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Of course, you don’t have to go on an extremely low-carb diet to detox. In fact, we need carbohydrates for energy. But remember, carbs in the food that you eat convert into sugar and obviously, if you’re consuming too much, it can be detrimental to your health.
The only question you would have to ask yourself is: have you been eating too much carbs? Instead of eliminating carbs from your diet entirely, choose wisely. Choose whole grains; add more greens and protein to your diet. The key is a balanced diet. Always consult with a nutritionist if you’ve had to make a drastic change to your diet.
The act of fasting doesn’t have to stop in Ramadan. Whether you miss Ramadan, or simply have the drive to fast again: you should do it! It is recommended to fast 6 days in the month of Shawwal as has been stated in the hadith below.
“Abu Ayyub (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
‘Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.’ Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nisa’i and Ibn Majah”
Not only will you reap more good deeds, you are also doing your body a favour. Fasting is a natural way to detox and the best way to restrain yourself from overeating.
Nothing feels better than having a good workout after a day filled with feasts.
If you are not a gym-goer, you don’t have to overwhelm yourself with unfamiliar and difficult exercise routines. Sometimes, even a long walk would help to ease the tension that we had put on our tummy. Start with something easy and build a consistent routine from there onward.
Go for a swim and sweat out in a sauna. Play your favourite sport out in the field. Hike and indulge yourself in nature.
Whatever you do, sweat out all of the toxins, as that is the point of detox in the first place. The more you sweat, the better you’d feel in the end. As long if you dedicate some time, a mere few minutes before you start your day with a jog or a simple workout, that is better than nothing at all.
Syaza is a freelance writer whose life revolves around coffee, cats and heartwarming stories.