“Detox” may have taken on the tinge of a trendy buzzword, but in reality it is a function that our bodies, when in balance, perform naturally and regularly. In fact, the detox channels of the body – or the channels through which the body cleanses damaging toxins – are the same as the digestive channels, showing the intimate link between these two processes.
According to Ayurveda, the goal is always to optimize the body’s natural propensity for cleansing, which is the safest and surest way to know you are not storing dangerous toxins in your fat cells and, most importantly, in your brain.
A few times a year, Ayurveda strongly recommends a more intensive detox regimen to reset the digestive function, which can get boggy and congested over time especially with over-eating and/or eating foods that are inappropriate to the season, and provide rejuvenation for all of the organs that work so hard to keep us functioning. Typically, these more intensive detox phases kick your natural daily detox function into a higher gear, encouraging the body to do a better job of cleansing on a regular basis.
An intelligent detox will always seek to open up the detox channels first, to make sure that once toxins are released, they are quickly eliminated through the excretory system lest they be pushed from one fat cell to another, or default back to the liver, which may send it back into the bloodstream. You want to make sure that the cleanse you are doing has a clear plan for where the toxins will end up – and you want that to be outside of your body.
Two more key points to look for in an effective and carefully designed detox program are the goals of blood sugar balancing and the resetting of digestion. Unstable blood sugar can lead to fatigue, irritability, inability to focus, headaches, light-headedness, anxiety and depression. Unstable blood sugar is also the root cause of many common imbalances in the west.
A detox is the perfect time to balance the blood sugar through the elimination of empty-calorie foods and proper timing of meals throughout the day.
Resetting digestion after a cleanse is key, because, as we said, healthy and well-functioning digestive pathways equal healthy detoxification pathways. A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse will reset the digestion through the use of herbs, proper hydration, a supportive diet and other protocols that will stoke the digestive fire.
Make sure that any cleanse you do can outline in detail the process it sets in motion to accomplish these steps, that its ultimate goal is to restore rather than deplete, and that the benefits are logical and long-lasting.
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Colorado Cleanse: Our 2-week at home detox and digestion reset program is designed to help detoxify fat soluble toxins that can store for years in the fat cells. Unlike other fad cleanses, the Colorado Cleanse is rooted in sound medical science and the ancient cleansing wisdom of Ayurveda, and incorporates the key steps of a successful detox outlined in the article above. This kitchari cleanse has been developed by Dr. Douillard through decades of clinical practice with thousands of successful cleansers, many of whom are now its biggest fans.
Short Home Cleanse: The Short Home Cleanse (SHC) was designed for those who would like a little taste of what our 14-day Colorado Cleanse is like, and busy folks who don’t have the time for a longer cleanse. It involves an abbreviated herbal regimen and a miniature version of all of the protocols prescribed in our Colorado Cleanse. In four short days, feel a noticeable boost to the digestion, reduction of stress levels, and balancing of blood sugar, among other benefits.
Lighten Up! Emotional Freedom Cleanse: This cleanse is also just four days, but places a special emphasis on clearing old cyclical emotions and thoughts that keep us stuck in the same patterns over and over again. Using a method called Self-Inquiry, Lighten Up! harnesses the power and potential that is available while we are physically detoxing our fat cells to shine the light of awareness on our emotional and mental patterns. This awareness is the first step to making lasting transformational change.