Gearing up for a cleanse? Take some time to prepare and plan to ensure as much spaciousness and ease as possible. These three simple cleansing tips will help pave your way to success.
It’s hard to know if there were dietary trends at the time of Ayurveda’s origin over 5,000 years ago, but it’s safe to say that the traditional Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse has stood the test of time.
Ayurveda suggests we do a seasonal cleanse every spring. This spring, take your cleanse beyond your physical body and clean out your mental closet too.
For kitchari to do its job while cleansing, it's important that it remains simple and easy to digest. But that doesn't mean your kitchari needs to be boring!
In essence, the intent of a mental cleanse is to settle your restless mind, give clarity to clouded thought, and allow you to better access your creativity.
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While seasonal cleansing is important, what we do after a cleanse can be even more so. These rejuvenation practices will help you feel renewed and replenished.
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There are many types of liver cleanses and liver flushes promoted today. Would you benefit from doing a liver cleanse? As with anything in Ayurveda, it depends. As we are all unique, with specific health circumstances and constitutions, we need to look at our own situation before deciding.
Perfectionism can get in the way of healthy cleansing. Learn why the "no pain, no gain" mentality is just one more thing to eliminate as you start your cleanse.
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Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to fasting—rather than creating a sense of denial or deprivation, it offers a much needed rest from the constant barrage of foods and experiences.
Because the liver is essential in digesting the fattier, heavier foods typical of a winter diet, a fall reset should focus on clearing out the liver and promoting bile production. Before the cold winds of fall arrive, consider a 3-day reset to keep you balanced all winter long.
Whether you choose to go to a panchakarma center or do a home cleanse of a kitchari mono-diet for a day or more, taking a step in the direction of giving your body-mind time to unwind and be still is healing in and of itself.
As such a crucial function of the body, digestion is worth nurturing, and sometimes the best way to do that is with a simple reset and reboot.
Juicing is great for giving the digestive system a break while supplying the body with a boost of nutrients. Here are a couple of recipes to get you started.
In the active phase of cleansing you will eliminate most exercise and/or strenuous movement in order to allow the body a chance to fully rejuvenate. However, the preparation phase is an optimal time to practice detoxifying yoga. Here are a few potential postures to incorporate into your exercise practice.
In Ayurveda, this change is a time for us to let go of what is no longer needed, to detox, and prepare for the coming season. What has been left undigested, creating toxicity, or ama, in your life? What are you ready to release, to detox, and to let go?
In Ayurveda, a cleanse or detox refers to a period of time in which you adjust your diet and lifestyle to promote optimal digestion. This is mostly accomplished by committing to eating a monodiet of kitchari (basmati rice and yellow mung dal) for the duration of your cleanse and eliminating hard-to-digest foods and experiences from your diet and surroundings.
According to Ayurveda, the body digests not only food but also experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Agni (or digestive fire) acts as the body’s internal flame, driving all digestion and transformation and converting the positive things that enter the body into nourishment.
When ama (natural toxins) enter the body, digestion becomes bogged down—not unlike the way wet kindling can dampen a campfire. For example, a greasy meal eaten six months ago or an unresolved argument can linger in the system and create imbalances.
An Ayurvedic cleanse works by “resetting” agni by giving it a break from digesting complicated substances. Kitchari, Ayurveda’s meal of choice for cleansing, is incredibly easy on the digestive system, and its combination of rice and dal helps form a complete protein that can keep you nourished and sustained for the duration of your cleanse.
Some of the benefits of cleansing include:
Unlike panchakarma, a traditional cleanse program completed under the guidance of a practitioner, the cleanses you’ll find detailed in these blog articles can be done safely from the comfort of your own home.
When it comes to planning your cleanse, the options may feel overwhelming. Shorter cleanses can range from a simple one-day digestive reset to a three-day cleanse with kitchari, while longer cleanses can last up to 21 days.
Generally, the longer the cleanse, the more benefit you will receive from it. Along with this, the longer the cleanse, the more delicate your body and your digestion will be, so you will only want to commit to a longer cleanse if you can give yourself ample time to ease back into your normal lifestyle and diet gently.
While Ayurvedic cleansing is very gentle overall, it is best not to cleanse if you are ill, injured, debilitated, menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding.
For those who can cleanse, spring and fall are the ideal times of year to do it according to Ayurveda, though cleansing the summer and winter can be supportive times as well.
These articles are designed to help you choose the length of time that best works for you and your lifestyle, how to customize your kitchari, how to plan meals throughout your cleanse, mistakes to avoid, and how to follow through with your intentions.
We’ll also explore how to customize your cleanse for the spring or fall seasons, supportive herbs (like Total Body Cleanse) that you can take to help support the process, and much more.