Your all-in-one cleanse post….by Melissa Freedman (CleanseChick.com)
Before jumping in, make sure to check out the beginning of our series on Ayurvedic Body Types HERE.
An ayurvedic cleanse is a holistic method to strengthen your health, cleanse your body, eliminate toxins and undigested food that block normal body functioning. The purpose of an aruveydic cleanse is to return the body to it’s natural rhythm.
You should participate in this cleanse if you experience:
- Brain fog/an inability to concentrate
- Digestive issues
- Extreme overheating or chills in the body (during an off season when you are not undergoing PMS or menopause)
- Toxicity in your body
- Shaking uncontrollably (without a proper diagnosis)
How long is the cleanse?
It is recommended that you participate in this cleanse for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 10 days in order to reset your body. Most people participate for a week. During the cleanse, ayurvedic educators say it’s important to take stock of not only the foods you eat, but the amount of time you spend using electronic devices or watching TV.
Take it Slow
One week before the cleanse, eliminate caffeine, sugar and dairy. Cut your diet down to mostly whole grains and vegetables.
- Foods that contain preservatives, additives or lab-produced chemicals (including: junk food, heavy desserts, cheeses, meats, deep-fried foods and carbonated drinks).
- Raw food since it is harder on the digestive system.
- Iced water and cold beverages.
Reduce consumption/turn off any outside media (TV, computer and phone). It is important to reduce any negative emotions. In order to do so, you should practice deep breathing, begin a mediation practice by meditating once a day or going for a walk outside.
What to Eat:
Nourishing your body with cleansing foods is key. Ayurveda believes that healing begins with the digestive tract. The main component of the cleanse is called kitchari, a dish made of mung beans and rice (sometimes with ghee). It is used to purify the body and does work for all three doshas. The dish lightness reduces Kapha, cools pitta and stabilizes vata. Mung beans provide protein and the rice provides carbohydrates, the combination of the two provides the fats needed and is easy to digest but nutrient dense. If you eat kitchari three to five times a day, your cravings and hunger will be at bay.
- 1 part basmati rice
- 1 part mung beans
- 1 part vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, spinach and other green vegetables (if desired)
- 1 medium chopped onion (if desired)
- 6 parts water
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper (if desired)
- 1 bay leaf (if desired)
- 1 tsp. tumeric (if desired)
- Cumin (if desired)
- Coriander (if desired)
- Ginger (if desired)
- Garlic (if desired)
Drink lots of warm water throughout the day, even with meals. Add 1 tsp. of psyllium husks to a glass of water and drink it once or twice a day. Spicy teas and chutney are recommended to keep digestion active throughout the cleanse.
- ½ tsp. whole cumin seeds
- ½ tsp. whole coriander seeds
- ½ tsp. whole fennel seeds
- 1 inch of fresh ginger root (if you have a tendency toward acid reflux or a burning sensation in your stomach, exclude the ginger)
- 4-5 cups of water
Directions: Boil 4-5 cups of water in the morning. Add the ingredients to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes with the lid on.
Coming off of the cleanse:
For a week after the cleanse, you should return to the diet you followed during the preparation phase. Focus on eating whole grains and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Slowly re-introduce solid foods. Continue to meditate during this time.
Your body has now been cleansed, and this may be a very emotional time, so be kind to yourself. If you would like, take time off work or return to this diet during a long weekend.
Please note: Taking part in this cleanse should not cause any health problems. However, if you experience any side effects, please contact your primary care practitioner.
Melissa Freedman is a Certified Health Coach and On Air Personality. Her clients range from Entertainment professionals to entrepreneurs. After suffering from kidney problems, digestive issues, depression and exhaustion, Melissa realized how unhappy she was and turned her life around, founding Cleanse Chick. Her brand, Cleanse Chick helps individuals break free from old habits in order to create a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Visithttp://www.CleanseChick.com for more about Melissa and her work.