Friday, November 16th, 2012

Sip on Water to Detox Your Diwali Hangover

Diwali is synonymous with indulgences: lavish meals, late night card parties and braving all that traffic jams. Naturally, now that you are back at work you are not feeling your energetic self. It’s hard to feel enthusiastic and active when you are beset with a bloated tummy, aching legs, scratchy throats and running nose. Essentially when we party we make our liver work hard because this is the organ that cuts the toxins from your body. Therefore to help you come back on health track, Geetu Amarnani suggests sipping more on water. Read on…
What you should do initially

  • To help your liver detoxify the body, start your day with a glass of warm water in which a juice of lemon has been squeezed in it.
  • Cut down on tea, coffee and cola. Instead drink ample amounts of filtered water throughout the day

Why water is so essential

Almost 2/3 of our body weight comprises of water. The composition of our body is like – blood is 83% water, muscles are 75% water, brain is 74% water and bone is 22% water. Extremely essential for our survival, it ensures the smooth functioning of body systems but still we ignore its importance by not drinking enough.

It is extremely necessary for the body to digest food and absorb vitamins and minerals. Water carries oxygen to different organs of the body; helps detoxify the liver, kidneys and the entire body by flushing out the toxins. The tremendous healing ability of water is not unknown. Our environment, foods and everything around us… contain traces of harmful chemicals. Though we can’t keep toxins from getting into our body‚ but we can definitely help our body to eliminate them by drinking plenty of clean water. Most of the diseases occur due to the toxins building up in our body. The more water we drink… the more we allow our body to detoxify itself and heal.

Water also helps to lose weight by improving your metabolism rate, and gives you a glowing skin.

You lose lots of water in the course of a day while breathing, through perspiration and through urination. If you are very active, then also you lose more water than if you are sedentary.

“We all think that our body demands more water in summer than in cold wintry months. Not true. Water in the winter is just as important. A drop in the moisture level outdoors and the use of heatiners indoors leads to dry and itchy skin, chapped lips, dry coughs, acne, or even headaches. So always keep water handy by keeping a bottle by your side, since it needs to be replenished every now and then”, advises Dr. Arpit Jain, Internal Medicine, Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon.
Not drinking enough water might lead to dehydration, thereby hindering blood circulation in the body. Due to inadequate water, even the brain becomes less active and body feels drained and exhausted. You could even end up with excess body fat, poor muscle tone, indigestion, muscle tenderness and water-retention problems.
Drink on an average at least eight glasses of water every day, though lot depends upon one’s health condition, activity status etc. Don’t drink a large amount in one go, rather spread its intake throughout the day.

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