Ayurvedic Cleanse - How To Detox Your Dosha
Hey you (yes, I’m talking to you),
If you've been looking for information on how to do an Ayurvedic cleanse, then you're in the right place, but before we move on it's important to find out what's your dosha (special mind-body constitution).
Think of it like having a gang of your best girlfriends.
Each one has a distinctive personality just like their dosha type. But at the same time, there’s one thing that binds everyone together. It’s the fire within that keeps each one of you going.
In Ayurveda, all individuals have agni or a digestive fire.
This agni drives you day after day. And healthy agni helps you digest your food and absorb its nutrients - it even helps you process emotions.
Your agni is a protective force that defends you from all types of illness. But sometimes this fire within you begins to diminish. And this can become evident when your body begins to suffer either - in the form of a small but irritating condition or a major disease that cause you lots of discomfort.
If you’re going through a phase where you don’t feel 100% well or energetic, chances are that your agni might be impaired.
If that's the case, you may need to rekindle your digestive fire.
WHAT IS AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE?
An Ayurvedic cleanse is done to bring your agni back on track, to make it stronger and remove toxins which are disrupting it. And how does that help?
It makes a massive improvement to how you feel in your mind and body, and helps restore you to your shining self again!
Such a cleanse also helps to get rid of all the ama (toxins) that has accumulated in your body over the years.
In fact, Ayurveda says that you should cleanse at every change of seasons.
SIGNS YOU NEED AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE
Ayurveda is all about trusting your intuition and reading the signs that your body is showing you. Before we go any further, I need you to check whether you’re feeling like this -
- You have trouble digesting food
- You’re constipated or have diarrhea
- You’re always craving sweets, spicy food and salty snacks
- You’re not getting enough sleep
- You don’t have the energy to exercise
- You feel exhausted quite often
- You get bouts of anxiety and feel stressed easily
- You find getting out of bed hard
- You find it difficult to focus at work
- You have brain fog and feel lazy
- You know something’s wrong in your body but can’t pinpoint what exactly it is
If you're unclear about your symptoms, Debby Andersen's post 7 signs you need a cleanse can be very helpful.
WHAT TO DO IN AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE
1. Digestive Reset - Eat Kitchari
Kitchari is a divine concoction of mushy lentils, aromatic Basmati rice and flavorful Ayurvedic spices that is slow cooked to perfection. Sounds yum, right?
Actually, kitchari is great for your stomach.
Packed with carbs & proteins, it is light on your tummy and gives you the energy you need without making you feel sluggish.
Clearly, Kitchari is THE Ayurvedic detox dish. You can make a big pot full of this lovely dish and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner over a course of 3-5 days. And this will help to clean out your digestive tract.
Watch this video where Alicia explains easy Ayurvedic cleansing:
Want a easy Ayurvedic kitchari recipe? I have one for you in my post 5 Ayurvedic Lunch Recipes.
2. Drink Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea
Grind 2 tablespoons each of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds in a grinder. Take 1 teaspoon of this freshly ground powder and add it to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it simmer for 7-8 minutes.
Now strain this tea into your favorite mug or if you want to drink it throughout the day, store it in a a thermos.
Panchakarma, literally meaning 5 detox therapies, is the basic Ayurvedic detox treatment which removes all ama, rekindles agni and balances the 3 doshas.
The five therapies it uses are - medicated emesis (induced vomiting), purgation (laxatives), enemas, nasal irrigation and blood cleansing.
This cleansing method can take anywhere between 4 to 28 days, depending on how deeply you need to detox and how much time you've got.
If you’re suffering from any illnesses and looking for a deeper Ayurvedic cleanse, then a Panchakarma might be the answer for you. It can either be done at home or at an Ayurvedic clinic/spa.
If you want to learn more about Panchakarma, be sure to read my detailed post on What is Panchakarma and How To Do It At Home.
HOW TO DETOX YOUR DOSHA
Whether you are a Vata, Pitta or Kapha, there is no doubt that an Ayurvedic cleanse can be very beneficial for you. But, wait a sec...
...have you ever wondered how to detox your dosha in particular?
Well, that's why I've covered all the info each dosha type should know below:
Ayurvedic cleanse for VATA:
If you’re Vata, then go for a gentle Ayurvedic cleanse because fasting is difficult for your dosha. So, try detoxing your dosha to boost your immunity and improve your digestion.
If you do a cleanse that’s too much for you, you’re likely to feel more stressed and constipated.
As a Vata, if you’re doing a Digestive Reset Kitchari Cleanse, make sure to use brown rice and whole lentils with plenty of ghee. Season your kitchari with ginger, turmeric, black pepper, fenugreek, cumin, black cumin, heeng and pink Himalayan salt.
Also, massage your whole body with warm sesame oil before you take a shower each morning. Make a herbal enema using Dashamul, an Ayurvedic formulation and use it 1-3 times during the cleansing period.
Ayurvedic cleanse for PITTA:
Are you a hot-headed fiesty Pitta? Then do an Ayurvedic cleanse to slow down, relax and focus on detoxing your liver and kidneys.
During an Ayurvedic cleanse, Pitta types should drink lots of cool water to clear out excess heat from the body. They should also make sure to go to bed by 10 PM because Pitta becomes active especially after this time.
Massage your whole body with cooling Neem oil. Do not eat any any hot, oily and deep-fried food because that will interfere with your detox process and aggravate the heat inside your body.
A daily 10 minute Pranayama session can help Pitta types feel balanced during their Ayurvedic cleanse.
Ayurvedic cleanse for KAPHA:
The best time for a Kapha to cleanse is at the beginning of spring. An Ayurvedic cleanse for Kapha means eating less and fasting (since Kaphas tend to have slower digestion).
If you’re a Kapha trying to cleanse, rise early and scrape your tongue. Use a nasal cleansing oil to clear out excess Kapha from your system.
Perform a full oil body massage with warm sesame oil for at least 15 minutes. Go for a 30 minute morning walk and have a warm bowl of kitchari for breakfast. You’ll be eating kitchari for the rest of the 2 meals too but make sure to have dinner between 6 to 7 PM and no later than that.
Drink Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea during the day and Triphala tea 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Now that you know how to detox your dosha, remember one crucial thing - for all the 3 doshas, cleansing works best when you follow an Ayurvedic routine - it means you rise, eat and sleep at exactly the same time each day.
I know this seems difficult at first given our modern lives but if you don’t try it out, you’ll never enjoy the full benefits of an Ayurvedic cleanse.
WHERE CAN YOU DO AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE?
Once you’ve figured out how to detox your dosha, the next step will be to decide where and how long to do this detox. You can easily do a short and medium length Ayurvedic cleanse at home.
If you want a longer Ayurvedic detox, check out a Panchakarma program at your nearest Ayurvedic spa or clinic.
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU DO AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE
If you have any disease or chronic health issues, please consult your doctor before you do an Ayurvedic cleanse. Pregnant and nursing women should not do an Ayurvedic cleanse.
If you want to make this process easier, tell your family and friends you’re doing a cleanse and get them to support you with any tasks that cause you stress.
Also, keep a journal during your cleanse because any unresolved emotions from the past may come up and it is cathartic to write them out than getting swept by them.
And remember...your body is transforming during a cleanse so REST as much as you can.
Ready to push your reset button and do an Ayurvedic cleanse? I suggest you schedule yours during a long weekend because that’s when you feel totally free to take care of yourself.
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