Aug 20 , 2018
Detoxifying your body is like taking it on a spiritual journey- Anonymous We often hear the word Detox. Sounds like a new trend for the health conscious ones. But, you are far from being right. Detox has been prescribed in our ayurvedic scriptures and has been a part of the Indian way of living since ages. So, why are we hearing more of it now? Well, this could be because there are many who have realized the need for this therapy in restoring our body. What is Detoxification? In simple words, detoxification means cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside. The process helps in eliminating toxins from the body and replacing it with healthy nutrients. Detoxifying at the right time and in the right way improves immunity and renews the body’s ability to maintain optimum health. When to detoxify? Detoxification should be a part of our life. Our scriptures recommending detoxifying on a regular basis. If you rewind your memory a little, the elders in our family fast on certain days. It could be based on the tithi like Ekadashi or Chaturthi. Yes, this is a way to detoxify our body. Apart from monthly detoxification one should also undertake detoxification during each season. Each season aggravates certain doshas and to keep it in balance detoxification is recommended. Detoxification during monsoon Varsha Ritu (Monsoon) in India is typically between June-September. In this season the Vata dosha aggravates, the Pitta dosha accumulates and the Kapha dosha is pacified. Also, at this time our digestive fire or Agni is at its weakest. All the Ama or toxins that have accumulated in the body, work in full force and further reduce the Agni. This increases the Ama. This cycle can have a detrimental effect on the digestive system leading to problems like indigestion, gastritis, and diarrhea. Hence, a detoxification is recommended during monsoons for balancing the doshas, reducing the Ama or toxins and using the digestive fire appropriately. How to detox Detox can be done through diet control, certain preventative measures in our daily life and by taking specific Ayurvedic supplements that can help balance the doshas. Let us now understand these various procedures in detail. Diet Control
- Consume more of freshly cooked warm food. Avoid eating reheated, cold or stale food
- Use spices like cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and ginger while cooking. These kindle the Ama or digestive fire.
- You can also have a small piece of ginger with some rock salt before every meal.
- Prepare your seasoning with ghee.
- Use asafoetida, cumin, pepper to your seasonings. These spices pacify the Vata and prevent indigestion. It also helps in elimination of Vata.
- Include lean meat, lentils, old rice and wheat in your daily diet.
- Have a spoon of honey. You can also mix this with milk/water.
- Masala Chai with cardamom, tulsi, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon is recommended.
- Include mint in your diet. A few sprigs can be added to what you cook.
- Avoid leafy vegetables, curd, cheese, red meat, fermented foods as these are heavy to digest.
- Avoid uncooked sprouts and pulses as it can increase Vata.
- Using herbs like tulsi, turmeric, in various preparations can help control infections.
- Avoid daytime sleeping and heavy exercises
- Pamper yourself with an oil massage and bathe in warm water. This helps to pacify the Vata.
- Maintain hygiene to prevent infections.
- If possible use dhoop/medicated smoke every evening in your home.