Updated: Sep 25, 2017
CLEANSING is a vital practice in Ayurveda. It is a way of getting rid of wastes and toxins from the mind and the tissues in order to promote optimal health.
Summer holidays are almost over and in London kids are coming back to school today. So after leaving my son with his teacher and friends, the first thing it occurred to me was to do a proper DIGESTIVE RESET to get the BODY and MIND ready for the change of season.
Nowadays, a PERIODIC CLEANSE is more necessary than before because we are highly exposed to environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions and of course, stress. All these build up in our system and will eventually compromise our health. A detox will help us digest better not only our food but also our emotions by clearing unwanted toxins in our mind and body. So,
- What to EAT?
Well, there are different options but here I will only write about kitchari (“mixture” in Hindi) today. Kitchari is very easy to digest and thus great for a cleanse. So, have this dish for all your meals. Please see the recipe in the next post.
- What to DRINK?
Please keep hydrated. Favour herbal teas like ginger, fennel, dandelion and burdock or lemon water (without sugar) throughout the day.
- How long?
Ayurveda promotes gentle cleansing practices. You can choose from 1, 3 to 21 days (or more) depending on your constitution, condition, imbalance, age, strength and season. If new to this practice, please start with 1 day only and repeat it in a few days.
What to do?
- Try to keep as quiet and mindful as possible.
- Choose uplifting and nourishing readings and activities.
- Observe your body reactions and your emotions. Embrace any discovery with compassion.
- Great if you meditate!
- Try to finish your last meal by 7pm and be in bed by 10pm.
What to expect?
- POSITIVE CHANGES. This is a very gentle cleanse and should not cause discomforts.
Enjoy the process. Your mind, body and spirit will hugely BENEFIT from it!!!
* For women, please don't do this or any other cleansing practice during your period.
** Don't hesitate to email me if you need extra info or guidance.