An Ayurvedic detox renews your body on all levels. Our high intake of sensory experiences –– food, information, emotions, relationships, pollutants and toxins, travel, driving, physical activity and so on – layers stress on the body. An Ayurvedic detox helps remove the impurities that build when we are taking in more than we can process.
A complete and formal Ayurvedic detox is called Panchakarma and can be done under the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner. However, you can apply the basic principles of an Ayurvedic detox program even at home.
The foundation of an Ayurvedic detox is a simple diet. When the digestive system rests, the body can focus its energy on processing and releasing the impurities that have built up. Simultaneously, new impurities don’t build because you don’t consume unhealthy or difficult to digest foods. Apply the following simple rules to your eating habits for 1-2 weeks for an Ayurvedic detox plan:
- Increase & enjoy: warm, cooked, vegetarian and easy to digest foods – the traditional diet for an Ayurvedic detox includes plain basmati rice and yellow mung dal (lentils) or kitchari. Other options are steamed vegetables and rice, vegetable soup and oatmeal. Eat a healthy amount of olive oil, ghee (clarified butter) or sunflower oil to balance vata.
- Reduce or remove: raw foods, frozen foods, cold foods, dairy products, animal products (meat or eggs), and stimulants (alcohol, tobacco, chocolate and coffee) from your diet during this time.
An Ayurvedic detox program with a trained practitioner includes herbal supplements specific to your condition. To follow the principles at home, use spices and herbs to support your healthy digestion. Here are some kitchen-based supports:
- Cook with fresh ginger root & top your food with some black pepper.
- A slice of fresh ginger with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt before meals helps ignite the digestive fire.
In addition, herbal supports from Banyan Botanicals will assist your Ayurvedic detox:
- Vata Digest, Pitta Digest or Kapha Digest to aid your digestion*
- Triphala to help support a healthy digestive and eliminative systems*
A trained Ayurvedic practitioner can offer various hands-on therapies during your Ayurvedic detox. At home on your own, you will benefit during your Ayurvedic from a self-massage with warm oil using your choice of:
- Mahanarayan Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Vata Massage Oil
- Kapha Massage Oil
During your Ayurvedic detox you may also choose to take warm baths, practice meditation and yoga and give yourself time for contemplation, reflection or journaling to release the subtle levels of emotion and mental stress. In 1-2 weeks you can feel lighter, healthier and more balanced – more like yourself!