Learn all about cleansing from an Ayurvedic perspective, including the key components of a healthy detox.
The Goal of Ayurvedic Detoxing
“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 toxic substances—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 toxic material in your fat cells and, most importantly, in your brain.
How Often to Detox
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.
What to Look for in an Ayurvedic Detox
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 a perfect time to balance the blood sugar through the elimination of empty-calorie foods and proper timing of meals throughout the day.
See also Why Colorado Cleanse?
Digestion and Detoxing
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.
LifeSpa Ayurvedic Cleanses
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.
- Have Dr. Douillard design an herbal program for you with a phone consultation.
- Get started healing with the 28-Day Ayurveda Challenge eCourse
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Join the Colorado Cleanse
LifeSpa’s Colorado Cleanse is a 14-day lymph and digestive detox program that will help you reset your entire system. 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. Learn more about the Colorado Cleanse, which incorporates food, supplements, yoga, meditation, and, of course, breathing practices!