The significance of regular cleansing cannot be overstated. In Ayurveda, it is considered a crucial practice for eliminating waste and toxins from both the mind and the body, ultimately leading to optimal health.
As the summer holidays come to an end and children in London return to school, I found myself thinking about the importance of a proper digestive reset to prepare the body and mind for the upcoming change in season.
In today's world, periodic cleansing has become even more necessary due to our increased exposure to environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and the ever-present stress. These factors accumulate within our system and eventually pose a threat to our overall well-being. A detoxification process can aid in not only improving digestion but also in clearing unwanted toxins from both the mind and body, allowing us to process our emotions more effectively.
Now, let's discuss what to eat during a cleanse. While there are various options available, I will focus on kitchari, a Hindi term meaning "mixture." Kitchari is incredibly easy to digest, making it an excellent choice for a cleanse. Therefore, I recommend having this dish for all your meals. You can find the recipe in the following post.
In terms of beverages, it is crucial to stay hydrated. Opt for herbal teas such as ginger, fennel, dandelion, and burdock, or simply enjoy lemon water without any added sugar throughout the day.
When it comes to the duration of the cleanse, Ayurveda emphasizes gentle practices. You can choose to cleanse for 1, 3, 21 days, or even longer, depending on factors such as your constitution, condition, imbalances, age, strength, and the current season. If you are new to this practice, I recommend starting with just one day and repeating it after a few days.
During the cleanse, try to maintain a sense of calm and mindfulness. Engage in uplifting and nourishing activities and readings. Pay attention to your body's reactions and emotions, embracing any discoveries with compassion. Meditation can also be incredibly beneficial during this time. Additionally, aim to finish your last meal by 7 pm and be in bed by 10 pm.
What can you expect from this cleanse? Positive changes. This is a gentle process that should not cause any discomfort. Embrace the journey and know that your mind, body, and spirit will greatly benefit from it.
Lastly, I would like to note that women should avoid engaging in any cleansing practices, including this one, during their menstrual period. If you require additional information or guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.