Body Detoxification According to Ayurveda

Body Detoxification According to AyurvedaWe should detoxify our bodies each autumn and each spring. They are periods when the body best rids of toxins, although we should enjoy cleansing days regularly throughout the entire year. Many contemporary diets and cleanses disrupt the balance of our body; on the contrary, Ayurveda strives to renew it. Ayurveda absolutely does not recommend a long detoxification cleanse; maximum cleanse length is 1-3 days. However, it is more suitable to support discharge of toxins with special detox drinks and foods.

Body Detoxification and Cleansing - Why Should You Do It?

Detoxification is a good way to rid yourself of poisonous substances (toxins) settled in your body. Toxins, or AMA as Ayurveda calls them, are one of the main factors causing acute and chronic diseases. Toxins trigger allergies, damage the gastrointestinal wall, slow down the peristalsis and negatively impact some brain functions. We also distinguish mental Ama which settles in the liver and gallbladder; it is generated by suppressed emotions, such as anger, fear, anxiety and nervousness. Poisonous toxins are a by-product of insufficient food digestion, bad food combinations, absorption of unpeeled food or lowered immunity of digestive organs, stomach, spleen and bladder. In the body, toxins act like the enemy. Molecules from undigested food enter the blood, thus triggering an immune reaction. Antibodies bind the Ama particles and this complex settles in various organs where it triggers activation of white blood cells. These blood cells cluster in the affected spot, aiming to destroy the Ama; however, this causes an inflammatory reaction and damage to the tissue by the substances discharged by the white blood cells.

Toxins and Western Medicine

Signs of the presence of toxins in the body according to Western medicine is characterized by high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, depression, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, helicobacter pylori, urea in the blood, gout, excess antibodies, white blood cells or platelets, urolithiasis and gallstones, fever, glaucoma, increased liver enzymes, tumours, bacterial infections.

Do You Need It? Is Your Body Detoxification Important to You? How to Tell

Ayurveda recommends making detox cleanse days (1 or 2 days) every two weeks; if you have high amount of toxins in your body, every 7 to 10 days. By avoiding heavy foods during these detox days, the body doesn't need to concern itself much about digestion and performs better at toxin discharge. We recommend taking a detox day when there is new moon or waning moon. Our online lunar calendar will help you determine such days.

The following symptoms may hint at large amount of toxins in your body:

  • low energy, feeling of heaviness
  • lethargy, fatigue, laziness, passivity, depression
  • restlessness, irritation, lack of focus
  • digestive problems
  • constipation, stomach problems
  • increased salivation
  • coated tongue
  • weird taste in your mouth, bad breath
  • sexual problems
  • low appetite, excessive cravings for sugar or salty food
  • skin diseases
  • allergies, mycoses
  • fevers, temperature elevated above 37°C
  • swellings
  • headache
  • inflammations, e.g. in bowels
  • strong bad smell of stool and urine
  • feeling of heaviness continuing after taking a stool
  • overall body ache, malaise
  • obesity
  • flatulence

If you suffer from any of these symptoms long-term, you should detoxify your body.

How to Burn Toxins

Begin with steamed vegetables for lunch, Kichadi or vegetable soup. Eat no dinner and on the next day, only drink detox water. It supports digestion and cleanses the body. Here's how to make your own detox water: Make 2 litres of water boil, pour them into a thermos and add three thin slices of fresh ginger, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp fennel, 2 balls of black pepper and 2 leafs of mint Drink 1 dl each half hour. After two hours, drink ginger tea if you get hungry. As soon as you get really hungry, indulge yourself with Kichadi. Place a hot-water bottle filled with hot water on your belly during the day. Take the Triphala detox herb blend before you go to sleep.

ONE-DAY BODY DETOXIFICATION

After waking up: Take 2 cups of water and make them boil. Keep the water boiling for 10 minutes. After it cools off to ambient temperature, add 1 tbs apple cider vinegar and I tsp honey.

Breakfast: 1 stewed or baked apple or pear (bake at 190°C for 30 minutes until soft) with 3 pieces of clove, 1-2 cups honeywater. (Put water to boil for 10 minutes, let it cool off and add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice)

Morning snack: Mix fresh-squeezed fruit juice (grapefruit) with boiled cooled water, ratio 1:1, add a pinch of curcuma.

Lunch:

  • Option 1: A cup of boiled wholegrain cereals (rye, millet, barley, amaranth, quinoa) or Kichadi
  • Option 2: A cup of boiled vegetables, vegetable detoxification soup or another vegetable dish without potatoes and aubergines.

Afternoon snack: Apple or celery juice

Dinner:

  • Option 1: A cup of boiled wholegrain cereals (rye, millet, barley, amaranth, quinoa) or Kichadi
  • Option 2: A cup of boiled vegetables, vegetable detoxification soup or another vegetable dish without potatoes and aubergines.
  • Option 3: celery, carrot or beet juice

Drinking regime: Every 30 minutes, sip warm water with honey and lemon, the AGNI tea or warm detoxification water. You may also drink broth from the vegetable detoxification soup.

Detoxification Ginger Tea - AGNI tea

Ingredients: Body Detoxification According to Ayurveda1 liter water, half a handful of chopped fresh ginger, 1 tbs honey or natural sugar, juice from half a lemon, a pinch of salt, a pinch a cayenne pepper.

Preparation: Put water with ginger, pepper and salt to boil for 20 minutes, then let it cool off and add honey and lemon juice. Pour into a thermos and drink 2 dl every 2 hours.

Vegetable Detoxification Soup

Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower, 1/2 cup chopped broccoli, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 cup chopped carrot, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped zucchini, about 2.5 cm fresh ginger, 1/3 cup Basmati rice, 1 piece of clove, 3 pieces of whole pepper spice, a pinch of ground pepper, a pinch of ground paprika, 1.5 l water, salt

Preparation: Pour water into a large pot and get it boiling. Peel the ginger and cut it into 4-5 pieces, put it into the water, cover with a lid and let it boil on medium flame. Meanwhile, wash the rice and let the water drip off, then add it into the soup. Increase the fire and keep boiling. Clean and chop the vegetables and add them to the water, boil for 10 more minutes. Season to your taste and serve.

Transition Back to Regular Food After Detoxification

After detoxification, you should transition back to regular food slowly and carefully. We should avoid fat and spicy foods and cold drinks. Drink boiled water with lemon. Cook with olive oil, season your food with ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, garlic. Eat wholegrain cereals, Basmati rice, mung lentils, legumes and red lentils.

Long-term Detoxification and Cleansing With Ayurveda Herbs

If you want to indulge in long-term detoxification and cleansing of your body, you may use herb agents. The best-known and most efficient detoxification agent is Triphala, a combination of three herbs: Haritaki, Bibhitaki and Amalaki. It gently affects the entire digestive system, regenerates and regulates it. It also supports the activity of urinary, respiratory and cardiovascular system; it helps the body discharge heavy metals and removes toxins. Triphala is recommended in chronic constipation, reduction diet and regeneration of stomach and intestines. You should use it in long-term, at least 3 months.

Herbs Suitable for Body Detoxification

Some herbs and foods are particularly helpful for digestion which makes them also suitable for burning toxins. These are ginger, pepper, fennel, cumin, garlic, coriander, flax seed, dill, nutmeg, castor oil, Guduchi, Neem, Pushkarmul, Punarnava, Tulsi, Vacha, Guggul, Trikatu spices.

How to Avoid Toxin Production

After detoxification, you should stick to certain rules in order to prevent toxins from re-settling in your body:

  • Do not eat too soon after the previous meal
  • Maintain the right food combinations
  • Do not force yourself to eat when you are not hungry
  • Do not overeat
  • Eat the same portions every day
  • Do not drink cold drinks
  • Use spices and detox herbs
  • Make regular detoxification cleansing days

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