What Is Ayurvedic Cleansing & How to Do It


while you’re working hard at your daily
life your body is working hard to keep you healthy and alive or at least trying
to in a culture that inundates us with choices of convenience it’s become the
norm to ignore the subtle requests of the body and we end up feeling lousy too
many of us are giving up on ever feeling our best again but it doesn’t have to be
this way because the body has an incredible intelligence of its own under
supportive conditions the body can cleanse itself of natural toxins that
have built up over time from unhealthy choices the Ayurvedic cleanse was
designed thousands of years ago by Vedic sages to create supportive
conditions for the digestive system to use its own energy for detoxification
the results can be life-changing from having more energy to resetting your
sleep and elimination patterns to having clearer eyes and skin and to simply
feeling an amazing vitality and vibrancy all over your whole body in this video
I’m going to show you exactly what an Ayurvedic cleanse is how it works and
how to do it step-by-step so let’s get started in Ayurveda there’s one thing that
influences our health more than any other and that’s the metabolic fire or
the digestive fire in Sanskrit this is known as Agni if the concept of Agni is
new to you you might want to check out our health
guide on the importance of healthy digestion check out the link in the
description for more information of course something like a digestive reset
would probably benefit just about everybody these days but even if you’re
feeling great a cleanse could be helpful to help you maintain and protect that
good standing so what is an Ayurvedic cleanse to put it simply it’s a period
of time where you adjust your diet and lifestyle so that your body can release
all those natural toxins that have built up and keep that digestive fire properly
stoked these are the two main actions that unlock all of those great benefits
I told you about in Ayurveda this process is so important that it’s
recommended to build in cleansing into your routine about twice a year usually
during the change of seasons in spring and fall when considering the length of your
cleanse it’s important to be practical how much time do you really have to
dedicate to this process an Ayurvedic cleanse can be as short as three days or
as long as 21 days and generally the longer the cleanse the more benefits
you’ll receive but keep in mind the longer the cleanse the more gently
you’ll want to ease back into your normal routine and diet it’s important
to note I’m not talking about panchakarma which is the traditional and
much more involved Ayurvedic cleanse that is performed under the guidance and
care of an experienced practitioner while Ayurvedic cleansing is gentle
overall it’s important to note that if you’re sick or recovering from illness
it’s probably best to skip the cleanse until you’re feeling better it’s also
recommended to skip the cleanse if you’re pregnant breastfeeding or on your
cycle there are three main phases to the Ayurvedic cleanse preparation active
cleansing and reintroduction plan to devote the same amount of time to each
phase during your cleanse so if you’re gonna cleanse for three days dedicate
one day to each phase this is when you’ll plan out all the
details of your cleanse first and foremost we can’t emphasize enough how
planning meals and support strategies will greatly influence the outcome of
the cleanse it’ll be helpful to take time to make a plan for your cleanse maybe
even sitting down to write things out consider planning your meals ahead of
time creating a grocery list and determining your support strategies if
you’d like more help with planning check out our website where we have lots of
resources this is also an ideal time to begin simplifying your diet so that when
the active phase comes the changes that need to be made won’t feel so drastic
take a break from hard to digest foods and beverages like sugar dairy wheat
caffeine and alcohol and most meats instead try incorporating more wholesome
foods like fresh fruits and vegetables whole grains and lean proteins you’ll
also begin to simplify your daily schedule by reducing externally focused
activities so that you can devote more time to cleansing this is when you can
incorporate nourishing activities like gentle exercise warm self massage with
oil mindfulness practices like yoga or meditation and simply more time to rest
this doesn’t mean you need to stop your regular life completely but the more
time you can dedicate to gentle self-care the better and don’t worry I’m
sure your obligations and daily responsibilities will all still be
waiting for you when you’re done with your cleanse finally you’ll need to
gather some supplies so be sure to pick these up before you begin your cleanse
you’ll need basmati rice mung beans spices like cumin coriander ginger and
turmeric or to make it really easy try our kitchari spice mix you’ll need ghee
also known as clarified butter or if you’re vegan try coconut oil CCF tea
made of cumin coriander and fennel seeds and oil for self massage like daily
massage oil nasiha oil triple a tablet and a tongue cleaner if you’re not sure
what some of these things are keep watching will explain as we go now that
you’ve spent time preparing you’re ready to cleanse the natural toxins from your
body this base is like the peak of the cleanse so what you eat and how you go
about your day is really important during active cleansing you’re gonna eat
a simple diet maybe even a mono diet of the same simple foods to make digestion
as easy as possible and encourage it to release as much waste and toxins as
possible we recommend eating a simple dish of rice and mung beans known as
Kittery if you’re not sure what it is or how to make it we have a video
explaining the whole thing so take a few minutes to watch that just click this
link not only is kitchen area extremely easy to digest it’s also really easy to
make and super delicious and if you’re freaking out a little bit about our
suggestion to eat the same thing for every meal for possibly days on end
don’t worry there are alternatives like yummy simple oatmeal in the
morning just click the link in the description for more recipes continue
with your simplified scheduled and supportive strategies that you began in
phase 1 surround yourself with things that are uplifting and nourishing to you
and you want your days to be as gentle and quiet as possible give yourself
space to process the experience and possibly even bigger life questions and
experiences sometimes when we’re cleansing a lot of emotional cleansing
can take place as well so be gentle with yourself and greet anything that comes
up with compassion and love try not to judge yourself this is really important
work and finally rest don’t forget to rest this is so important you want to
supply your body with as much energy as it needs for cleansing
this could mean sleeping for a few extra hours relaxing in the tub taking a long
slow peaceful walk or laying on the grass and looking up at the clouds
resting your mind is just as important as resting your body use this time to do
what is supportive and relaxing to you if you’re curious here’s what a typical
day might look like during the active cleanse wake up early or by 6 a.m. so
that you can be an alignment with the natural rhythms of the earth this also
gives you time to build in some extra cleansing activities before your
breakfast next scrape your tongue and brush your
teeth then sip one or two glasses of warm or
hot water to cleanse and awaken the digestive system you may want to use
nastya oil which is a moisturizing and cleansing oil for the nostrils it also
supports the eyes mind and relieves tension in the neck and head treat
yourself to an Ayurvedic self massage this practice is like giving yourself a
warm nurturing hug and on a practical note it helps to loosen up toxins stored
in the tissues and move them into the digestive tract where they can be
eliminated if you don’t know how to do it click this link take a warm bath or
shower complete some gentle slow exercise for breakfast eat a bowl of
kateri or oatmeal when it comes to lunchtime
prepare yourself a big bowl of Katrine you can add extra veggies or spices to
change things up as you go about your day aim to drink eight to 12 glasses of
warm or hot fluids this will help keep you hydrated and flush out toxins water
CCF tea or other herbal teas are great options before bed take triphala tablets
triphala is made with three fruits and it’s famous in ayurveda
for supporting digestion and encouraging gentle detoxification be in bed and
ideally asleep by 10:00 p.m. sleep is the best time for the body to detox so
be sure to get plenty of it while cleansing
keep this daily routine every day of the active cleanse phase you’ve now made it
through the active cleansing phase I hope you feel some pride in what you’ve
accomplished so far but the cleanse isn’t over yet
now that the active cleanse phase is behind you your body is still processing
the toxins that got stirred into circulation and your digestion is used
to a very clean diet and not to sound overly dramatic but how you reintroduce
foods and activities into your day will make or break the overall success of the
cleanse the bottom line is go slowly take time to ease gently back into your
normal routine and more diverse diet and remember the longer the cleanse the more
delicate your body is going to be so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to
ease back gently act as an ally for your body consider how you can keep your
newly cleanse body protected and looked after for many people this is the
hardest part of the cleanse and you may feel the craving to run to the nearest
pizza shop and devour a large but hang in there it’s well worth it in the end now what take some time to look back on
your cleanse what new intentions feel important to you as you move back into
your normal routine how can you protect this renewed awareness for health and
well-being normally when you’re done with your cleanse you’ll want to spend
some time doing what’s known in Ayurveda as rejuvenation this is the process of
giving your body deep nourishment through foods herbs and activities so
that all the good work you’ve done for your body can stick with you imagine
your body is like a sponge and the clintons wrung out that sponge
rejuvenation is the chance to rehydrate your sponge with deeply nourishing foods
and activities this is like the reward for all the good work you’ve done on
your cleanse and if you want more information on rejuvenation click the
link in the description it may take some time to feel the full benefit of the
cleanse depending on how long you cleanse and how deeply you commit to
each step in the journey it could take weeks a month or even longer to really
feel the full effect you’ll know it worked if you’re feeling lighter
sleeping better have stronger digestion or just getting more compliments on how
radiant you are you deserve it you may find that cleansing twice a year will
become a must in your regular routine and it’ll get easier over time
so this is Ayurvedic cleansing it’s a beautiful challenging exciting and
helpful experience we hope you enjoy everything you discover about yourself
along the journey and we want to hear about it leave a comment below to share
your experience and if you have more questions leave those below too or check
out our website for plenty more resources thanks for watching and happy
cleansing

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