Ayurvedic Cleanse & Detox
Just as our homes need a periodic thorough cleansing, so do our bodies. While there is plenty of information out there about different types of cleansing and cleanse diets—from strictly juice to a modified diet—how does one do a healthy cleanse? Just as most of us would not want to go through our homes throwing everything away, there are gentle ways to support a full-body cleanse. While fasting is a viable and often recommended approach to detoxification, Banyan Botanicals wants to assist you in reaching your health goals by offering a guide to a nourishing cleanse diet instead.
How to Cleanse Your Body
In the Ayurvedic tradition, the detoxification process is facilitated by a technique called panchakarma, the “Five Actions.” Traditional panchakarma is administered in a therapeutic setting by trained Ayurvedic practitioners and the actions include: emesis, purgation, enema, nasal medication, and bloodletting. For an at-home cleanse, we are NOT recommending these five actions. We are recommending a monodiet of kitchari and Ayurvedic herbs for detoxification, supporting the natural purification actions of the blood and liver.
There are four phases of a cleanse. To help ensure your success, it is a good idea to get acquainted with these phases and know what is in store. As with many things in life, preparation is the first step to success.
The Four Phases of Cleansing
- Preparation. Look at your current diet and lifestyle and note the changes you want to make. How do you want to feel at the end of your cleanse? Prepare to commit to making those changes. Start eliminating those things that may have a stronger hold on you, like caffeine. Maybe clear out your cupboards so you won’t be tempted. We understand this can be especially challenging when you have a family to take care of. This is where you want to ask for support, be clear of your goals, and employ that willpower. You can do it.
- Active Cleansing. This is the heart of the cleanse. You have committed to the monodiet and other supportive practices for a given period of time. Emotions will come up, cravings too. Ask for support. Recommit to your health goals. You can do it.
- Reintroduction. This process may depend on your health goals. If you are wanting to identify food sensitivities, you will bring back common allergens slowly. Incorporate simple, whole foods that are easy to digest.
- Rejuvenation. Ayurveda takes this last step pretty seriously. This is a time of rebuilding and nourishing and sticking to your health goals. Again, you will want to focus on simple, whole foods and also those that are nutrient dense. An Ayurvedic staple is Chyavanprash, an herbal jam that is energizing and bolstering to the immune system. Consider the journey you have just taken, one of elimination and cleansing. What do you want to bring back into your house?
Kitchari is essentially dal and rice and is classically Ayurvedic. It is easily digestible, while still providing the body with a source of nourishment. The guiding principle of cleansing is giving your body the opportunity to rest and restore. By limiting the amount of input, both food-wise and sensorially, we allow the body to do what it innately knows how to do—heal. It can recuperate and repair itself, largely by eliminating toxins. You might ask, Kitchari every day?? And the answer is, Yes, kitchari every day. Or more! With our Kitchari Kits and Cleanse Bundle we make it easy to get started. Staying the course will take a little more willpower.
Rest assured that Banyan Botanicals is here to support you and cheer you on. With our certified organic herbs and cleanse products and our money-back guarantee, you can feel confident that we care about what goes into your body and your home.