Ayurvedic Cleansing + 4 Elements of an Ayurvedic Cleanse
What I have observed with most detox programs is that they are very effective at detoxification, but little or no attention is given to the reasons the body became toxic in the first place. Many of us may assume that because the world is toxic, we must be toxic as well, and therefore must detoxify.
What most of us don’t realize is that the body has an amazingly effective detox system that, when working properly, can process just about anything short of DDT. So if the body is toxic, we must ask why it got that way, and fix that first.
Toxins: The Fat is Where It’s At
Most of the harmful toxins in our environment are fat soluble, such as pesticides, preservatives, heavy metals, environmental pollutants, and parasites. Because they are not soluble in water, the kidneys cannot excrete them until they are processed through a functional digestive and detox system.
Poor digestion is your clue to a poor detox system. Many folks who do not tolerate wheat, dairy, or fried food may, in fact, have weak digestion, and are therefore at risk of toxicity. With a weakened digestive/detox system, not only will we not tolerate many foods, but toxins will find their way into fat cells for storage, which unfortunately includes in the brain.
If we jump into a detox program without resetting digestive strength and the body’s natural detox ability first, we run the risk of just moving these fat-soluble toxins from one fat cell to another.
4 Elements of an Ayurvedic Cleanse
1. After 60 years of a low-fat, high-sugar diet, cleanses must aim to repair damage to the digestive system and reboot a robust detox process for the body. Before we cleanse toxic fat cells, we must reset the body’s natural detox and digestive pathways so the body can process the toxins released during the cleanse.
2. To detox the fat cells, oleation with an oil such as ghee is recommended. Oleation is like oil pulling for the whole body. Ghee has many amazing benefits, including flushing old bile while stimulating the liver to make new bile, scrubbing the intestines, lubricating and softening the hard tissues of the body, encouraging fat metabolism and weight loss, and much more.
3. If you are straining, the body will just store the fat we are attempting to detox. Therefore, we don’t encourage straining. If it isn’t comfortable, it isn’t working.
4. Because of the digestive and detox reset, there should be little to no post-cleansing cravings or severe cleansing reactions.
Ayurveda recommends cleansing at least twice per year at the transition of seasons: once in the spring and once in the fall.
Trust me, after adding some gentle Ayurvedic cleanses to your lifestyle, you will feel incredible physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually!