By Simran Tandon
Our bodies are blessed with self-healing, self-renewing and self-cleansing powers when kept under the right natural conditions. Back in the days, when we led simple lifestyle that involved clean-eating habits, breathing toxin-free air, drinking clean water and physical movement, detoxification was a natural process. However, as we increasingly drift away from the virtues of natural living and embrace the toxicity of the present world, this natural detoxification process has gotten altered. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to fix things and start fresh.
January, being the month of fresh beginnings, let’s embrace the power of detoxification. Through this vlog, explore simple ways in which we at The H Dubai, are making detoxing a part of our everyday life. From starting our day with a power smoothie to stimulating our lymphatic system at Mandara Spa, we are focused on boosting your health and well-being for 2023.
Benefits of Detoxification
Before we dive into how we can detox, let’s discuss why detoxing your body regularly is crucial for us.
– A regular detoxing ritual ensures the removal of toxins from our systems leading to smooth functioning of our organs and also helps in weight loss.
– A toxin-free body ensures that our immune system is strong and safeguards us against any illnesses.
– We experience a boost in our energy levels and feel more vibrant, alive, and joyful.
– It significantly reduces our cravings of sugar, carbs, processed or aerated food and drinks.
– Lastly, it helps to remove brain-fog which happens because of poor lifestyle choices. Detoxification promotes clear thinking and makes us more alert about our emotions. So let’s get to it!
1. Start with a Power Smoothie
Someone rightly said, “A smoothie a day keeps the grumpiness away”. Who doesn’t like a no-fuss nutrient-packed breakfast especially when it comes in a portable to-go glass and is delicious? Yes, I am talking about smoothies. Full of fruits and vegetables, rich in fiber and natural sugar, a perfect detoxifying meal and highly customizable, smoothies are game-changers. Just blend together your favourite fruits and veggies, yoghurt or milk, nuts and seeds, protein powder or spices and voila, you have for yourself a holistic meal. Still lazy to make one? The Gallery is churning fresh smoothies every morning to not only give you a fresh start but also keep you fuller and more satisfied for longer.
2. Sweat It Out
It’s a no-brainer that a balanced diet and exercise go hand in hand to promote regular detoxification in the body. Increased movement stimulates the body to flush out toxins from our organs like liver, lungs, kidney and also the gut while regulating the sweat glands to cleanse the skin at the same time. Moreover, it improves our digestive system which keeps major health problems at bay. Be it 30-minutes of cardio or aerobic exercises or slow meditative yoga poses, the goal is to get moving. If you are struggling to get started or to find which form of exercise you like more, try enrolling yourself for a membership that offers multiple exercise avenues to choose from. From a fully-equipped gym to a Peloton Bike Studio and the newly launched InfraSlimX exercise pods, the Quantum Health Club can become your go to spot to create your own customized exercise plan that is fun yet effective.
3.Indulge in a Healthy Meal
There is no one magical food item that can detox your body, but rather a range of fresh and natural produce that aids the process. Foods rich in antioxidants, probiotics, fiber, and hydrating properties are food groups that have natural detoxifying properties for your gut. So next time you are planning your daily meals, try and question yourself whether your meals are covering these food groups. Did you incorporate leafy greens & root vegetables, dairy products, beans and lentils, nuts & seeds, probiotic drinks or yoghurt and protein? The aim is to supply your body with ample vitamins and minerals so that the gut microbes naturally detoxify your body after every meal. To get some inspiration, try lunching at the Eat & Meat restaurant to get your eating healthy journey started. Also, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
4. Stimulate Lymphatic Drainage
Our bodies are always in the work mode even when we are asleep. This constant internal activity ensures that our immune system stays operational and the cells are regularly cleaned & nourished. However, the stresses and toxins that come in our daily life can sometimes create blockages in our organs, vessels, nodes or ducts that then require external help to regulate again. This is where stimulation of our lymphatic system through a drainage massage can be vital. By targeting the stressed parts of the body, lymphatic drainage massage aims to restore proper blood circulation, balance body fluids and achieve stronger immune functions. People with muscular injuries, swelling, digestive problems, migraine or stress, arthritis or even someone looking for weight loss can benefit from this massage, as it ensures drainage of all toxins that block our regular body functions. This massage is not a luxury but rather a necessity. So this month, make an appointment at your favourite spa like Mandara to reap the profound benefits of this cleansing massage.
5. Hydration is Key
We lose about 2.5 to 3 litres of water everyday. In order to compensate for this water loss and ensure that the detoxification process runs smoothly, we need to keep hydrated. And let’s face it, plain water can be sometimes boring and remember coffee doesn’t hydrate, so let’s add some flavours to this process. Infuse your water with ingredients like lemon, cucumber or watermelon or replace your afternoon tea and coffee with a detox juice.
At Urban on 4, you will find your hydration solution in many flavours.
Trust me, detoxing is like rebooting your entire system! So, not just for January but for the entire year, aim to customise these steps to make them a part of your routine to enhance your body’s natural detoxification system.