Ayurveda Cleansing Basics

To promote optimal health all year, especially during the fall, Ayurvedic wisdom teaches it’s important to slow down, support your liver’s natural ability to remove toxins, reset your digestive fire (Agni) and shift patterns that no longer serve you. How do you do this? With a simple home cleanse. Twice a year (Spring and Fall) it’s important to assess your habits including the kinds of food you eat, the amount and manner in which you eat, your daily sleep patterns, the thoughts you choose and even the amount of time you spend in front of a TV, on your phone or with social media.

I look forward to this time of year and have come to love my Fall (and Spring) cleanse. Unlike some popular cleanses that ask you to undergo dramatic fasts or to take other extreme measures; Ayurvedic cleansing is designed to support, instead of shock, your system. To promote optimal health all year, especially during the fall, Ayurvedic wisdom teaches it’s important to slow down, support your liver’s natural ability to remove toxins, reset your digestive fire (Agni) and shift patterns that no longer serve you.  One of the main tenants of Ayurveda is “please follow the median path”. Dr. Scott Blossom, an authority on Ayurveda cleansing says, “It is a middle-path cleanse that uses nourishing foods, herbs, and self-care techniques to rejuvenate the body rather than simply strip it down, which can leave you even more vulnerable going into winter.”

Signs you need a cleanse: If you have been experiencing any of the following signs you would benefit from a seasonal cleanse:

  • Fatigue – especially after eating
  • Brain fog
  • Poor/weak digestion – gas, bloating, weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chronic headaches
  • Unexplained body aches
  • Thick white coating on your tongue
  • Foul odor – If your breath, sweat or gas stinks it’s time to cleanse!

5 Steps to a Simple Home Cleanse

  • Eliminate – caffeine, sugar, animal products, alcohol and gluten containing grains. Take a few days to slowing eliminate the most likely culprits causing your toxic build up.
  • Eat Kitchari – Kitchari is an Ayurveda cleansing staple! It’s a complete meal that is easy to digest and has both a cleansing and deeply nourishing effect on the body. Eat kitchari for all your meals for at least 4 days.  Get the Recipe Click Here.
  • Fill up on warm liquids – Staying hydrated is the key to flushing toxins form your body. Sipping warm water and herbal teas like dandelion and ginger throughout the day resets your Agni (digestion) and eliminates Ama (toxins).
  • Set your clock – Your body will thrive if you give it a somewhat predictable schedule. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel when you set clear and consistent times for eating and sleeping. Try to go to bed by 10 pm and rise by 6 am and eat your meals around 7am, 12 pm and 6 pm. Lunch should be your biggest meal.
  • Chill out – The Fall season is the season of Vata and Vata can get overwhelmed and depleted. During this time it’s especially important to schedule down time. Not only during the cleanse but every day. Take a media beak from 8 pm until 7 am. Soak in an Epson salt bath and indulge in abyhanga (Ayurveda warm oil massage).

During the cleanse spend time thinking about what habits you want to keep in your life and what you might want to let go. It’s only in the letting go of what is not serving you that you can create space to establish the good habits you desire.

Fall Cleanse Menu – Click here for my Fall Cleanse Menu

Kitchari made simple – Order a Kitchari kit Click Here

Cleanse with me! – Find out more about my Clean and Clear Cleansing Package here or attend one of my Fall Cleanse Workshops, click here.

Wishing you Vibrant Living

Kate