6 Easy Tips for a 1-Week Cleanse

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Lately, you have started to feel more run down and sluggish. Your energy levels have dipped. After a meal, the only thing you want to do is curl up for a nap. Your mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be.

These are little signs where your body is telling you that it needs detoxification. Physical signs that show toxin build-up include low energy; a heavily-coated tongue; foul body, breath and stool odors; digestive problems; body pains; weakness; dim reflexes; and sleepiness after eating.

Benefits

Cleansing clears the mind and body of accumulated toxins and waste material. Though a full cleanse (Panchakarma) should only be done under medical supervision, a periodic cleansing regimen can do wonders for our health.

A one-week Ayurvedic cleanse can help unclog our system of harmful stressors like processed foods, environmental contaminants, negative emotions and psychological stress. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Better digestion and increased metabolism

  • Regular and healthy elimination

  • Stable and maintained body weight

  • Increased energy and vitality

  • Restful, deep sleep

  • Boost in overall health

Doing The Cleanse

1. Begin with eating kitchari as a part of your detox diet.

Kitchari is a nourishing mix of grains and vegetables cooked in clarified butter that is equally easy to make and digest. Consume a kitchari mono-diet for all your meals during the week. You will notice how it cleanses and comforts the digestive system.

2. Don’t reach out for snacks.

Constant snacking will undo the good that the kitchari diet is doing. You can also have warm, cooked foods like steamed veggies with rice if you find yourself getting too hungry. However, you must snack, then opt for fruits and nuts. What you do need to keep in mind is that there should be a gap of at least 5-6 hours between meals if you want to reset the digestive fire. Pace your meals such that you don’t eat anything after 7:00 p.m.

3. Sip on hot water and detox tea during the day.

Start your day by sipping on 8-16 ounces of warm water to kickstart your digestion. Drink at least 8-12 cups of warm fluids to flush out toxins and stay hydrated throughout the day. Ensure that you stay away from cold and caffeinated beverages.

4. Do a daily self-massage using warm oil.

A self-massage or abhyanga is an important part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. During a cleanse, it helps speed up the elimination of built-up toxins as waste. A massage also has a calming effect on the nervous system and makes you feel refreshed.

5. Take Triphala at bedtime.

Add ë_ teaspoon Triphala powder to a cup of warm water. Cool and drink the mixture. Otherwise, you could two tablets with warm water. Triphala repairs tissues while promoting healthy bowel movements.


6. Go for a walk.

While vigorous physical activity is not recommended at cleansing time, you can take a walk or do light exercise like Vata-pacifying yoga or tai chi.

Slowly reintroduce elements of a regular diet into your routine. Heavy foods like dairy and meat are to be added last. The post-cleanse period is also a time when you can identify unhealthy habits to let go of. If parts of the cleanse have benefited your health like an abhyanga or Triphala, you can integrate them into your daily life.

Resetting the digestive system through a week-long cleanse is generally safe. Though, like with any cleanse it can be tiring, emotionally demanding and cause some physical discomfort due to the extreme detoxification. This Ayurvedic cleansing program is very gentle and you should not experience any major discomfort.

After the Cleanse

Slowly reintroduce elements of a regular diet into your routine. Heavy foods like dairy and meat are to be added last. The post-cleanse period is also a time when you can identify unhealthy habits to let go of. If parts of the cleanse have benefited your health like an abhyanga or Triphala, you can integrate them into your daily life.

What May Happen

Resetting the digestive system through a week-long cleanse is generally safe. Though, like with any cleanse it can be tiring, emotionally demanding and cause some physical discomfort due to the extreme detoxification. This Ayurvedic cleansing program is very gentle and you should not experience any major discomfort.

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