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The Right Detox to Boost Immunity
I receive many questions about whether or not it is best to do a cleanse or detox during times when the immune system needs to stay strong. The answer involves a few factors. First, it is important to say that not all cleanses are created equal.
According to Ayurveda, addressing the reasons we become toxic is the priority. We accumulate toxins when the digestive and detox pathways break down. To detoxify well, you need to digest well and to digest well, you need to detoxify well—fortunately, the same pathways are used for both. So, one way to assess if you need a cleanse, besides feeling tired, stiff, achy, rashy, moody, or brain foggy, is to evaluate your digestive strength. Are there any foods you do not tolerate? If so, just taking those foods out of the diet does not address the reason you are not digesting them—it just takes the stressor out, leaving the cause untouched.
Leaving a digestive problem untouched by only removing hard-to-digest foods can set you up for more severe health concerns down the road. For example, according to the EPA, 70 million tons of toxins were dumped into the atmosphere in 2019.
Most of those toxins are fat-soluble and require a strong digestive system to break them down and detoxify. Ayurvedic cleansing at LifeSpa prioritizes rebooting digestive strength, lymph drainage, and intestinal lining repair first—before the detox, and this is part of all our cleanses. The Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is a 14-day cleanse aimed at restoring the ability to digest and detox well, so we do not rebound back with the same concerns shortly after the cleanses ends. Perhaps the most important part of the Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is its focus on the “inner skin” or epithelial lining of the intestines and lungs. These linings are the first responders for any immune event.
The Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse focuses on the delicate balance of the gut and respiratory lining to support a healthy lung and gut microbiome that equips the body with the lion’s share of our immune system. According to Ayurveda, immune strength depends of being a healthy digester and efficient detoxifier. To accomplish that, we start with the delicate care of the body’s two main immune barriers in the respiratory and digestive systems.
All this being said, the Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is a great cleanse to support your immune strength, While it is best to get rest when cleansing, the Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is designed to be done while working, with no major changes to your busy lifestyle. We just ask you to not add activities and, whenever possible, take some extra needed rest.
Want a More Vibrant Body in Two Weeks?
- Feeling sluggish, toxic, or overweight?
- Putting stuff into your body that makes you feel gross?
- Concerned about constant environmental toxins?
- Want more energy + stronger immune system?
- Want to balance weight + reset your body to crave naturally healthy foods?
- Changed your diet because you can’t digest certain foods well, such as dairy or gluten?
- Mood swings + cravings overwhelming you?
- Wanting to release old habits, emotions + behaviors?
- Wishing to do all of this naturally and gently, without extreme fasting or discomfort?
What is the Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse?
The Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is a two-week, at-home, Ayurvedic digestive detox and lymph cleanse program rooted in medical science and ancient cleansing wisdom of Ayurveda. 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.
Where some cleanses emphasize extreme fasting and dangerously unbalanced diets, Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse relies on a gentle, simple kitchari diet that allows the body to burn fat without hunger pains.
Where some cleanses trigger blood sugar crashes, starvation-mode cravings, and binging, Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse balances blood sugar, allowing the body to enjoy the contented blissful energy of natural fat-metabolism, while you continue working and going about your daily life.
The Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse is unique because it repairs the body’s detox and digestive channels before starting detox. Cleansing without this preparation can move toxins from one fat cell to another, which defeats the purpose of cleansing and often manifests as stubborn digestive weakness and symptoms of lymphatic congestion.
During the two-week Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse, you will do yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and short aerobic exercise; take Ayurvedic herbal formulas; and eat a special diet.*
The Colorado Ayurvedic Cleanse can be done while working and leading your regular lifestyle.
To prep your body to flush toxins, we make sure your detox channels are functional by following an allergen-free, whole food diet, and taking herbal formulas. This phase focuses on:
- Balancing blood sugar + restoring intestinal mucosal barrier.
- Destagnating lymphatic system.
- Decongesting liver, thinning bile + preparing to detox.
You will eat a simplified diet of non-fat kitchari—a nourishing rice and bean dish to help reboot digestion. There are three meal options to choose from. You’ll be drinking ghee each morning, performing the ancient Ayurvedic process of oleation. Self-inquiry exercises bring to the surface and release old emotions, patterns, and behaviors that store in fat cells. Phase 2 closes with a gentle laxative. This phase focuses on:
- Resetting fat metabolism.
- Flushing liver + detoxing fat-soluble toxins.
- Releasing destructive emotions, patterns + behaviors.
Return to Phase 1 diet with a protocol to boost digestive fire.
- Reset upper digestive strength, the most common cause of digestive issues.
A long-term well-being plan.
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