The Ayurvedic cleanse is an ancient process that helps to gently nourish the deep tissues and guide the body into burning old, stored fat-soluble toxins. It resets the digestive system with seasonal food and daily practices. The cleanse sets the stage for the body to naturally and gradually let go of the toxins that could affect emotions, mental clarity and the immune system. When we detox or cleanse, we reset our digestive system which can help alleviate seasonal allergies, symptoms from auto-immune diseases, and food allergies just to name a few..
As the temperatures cool, the body prepares to release excess fire and water elements that accumulated during the hot weather. The dry winds of fall can stir up the fire element and cause compromised immunity, inflammation, acidic digestion, skin problems, allergies, and a short temper. An Ayurvedic fall cleanse is anywhere from a four-fourteen-day process performed around later September-early November, and helps to assist the body in its natural release of hot, sharp, oily qualities. This is particularly important because during the summer months we’re more likely to accumulate too much internal heat which will begin to dry out the skin from the inside out. Basically, from the intestinal wall all the way out to the outer dermis. The organs cannot do their job well when they are dehydrated. Dry skin, on the inside and out, leaves cracks and openings for bacteria, viruses and the like. Then if you move into the season of dryness, Autumn (when all the leaves are drying up and falling off the trees), you are going to be hit exponentially harder with the draining aging effects of deep dehydration. A fall cleanse bolsters the immune system during cold and flu season and improves digestion.
Ayurvedic cleanses are based on a mono diet consisting of whole foods and is generally safer than most cleanses. The purpose of cleansing is to move out long standing imbalances. Therefore, cleanses can sometimes be exhausting, emotionally challenging and physically uncomfortable. During the cleanse, you’ll want to eliminate as much stress as possible. Keeping your schedule lighter than normal is important. It’s important that you take time to prepare for your cleanse by purchasing all your food items, set your intentions for the cleanse and begin to meditate and/or journal on the process. This is NOT a starvation diet. It’s important that your body feels supported during the cleanse. If you’re feeling starved, you might need to increase what you’re eating for lunch or add protein. When the body feels depleted it triggers a stress response and sends the body into emergency mode.
- Start the day with warm lemon water; no caffeine.
- Eat a monodiet of Kitchari, made with fall vegetables.
- Eat three sit-down meals each day. Those with blood sugar inconsistencies or lighter individuals may need four meals a day. But typically, no snacking in between.
- Drink 6 ounces of hot warm with meals and/or sip from a thermos through the day. Or a fall digestive tea consisting of 2 cups water, ¼ inch fresh gingerroot, ½ tsp fennel seeds, ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp licorice root powder o4 2 tsp chopped licorice root. Bring water to boil, add ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Daily oil massage.
- Restorative yoga practice,
- Make sure your getting to bed early and take naps if you need to.
Ayurveda isn’t about taking a pill or herb to solve a problem it’s about identifying our weaknesses and signs and symptoms and working from a place of Whole Body Wellness. It’s important to not just cleanse every time we feel bad and then go back to our poor habits. Developing good lifestyle habits and seasonal eating are important for maintaining good health all year long. Modern day science is now starting to like good lifestyle habits just as important as diet when it comes to disease prevention such as Alzheimer’s, auto-immune diseases, cancer, etc. Ayurveda is all about healthy lifestyle habits.