Here is a Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Elimination Diet I first described for use in Spring, when it is desirable to melt some of the Ama (Toxins) and Kapha dosha that build up naturally in winter. But, this is safe enough to also use in Winter, especially after the holidays, when many folk have overdone alcohol, sugar, meat, and food in general.
This is a cleansing diet that makes radical purgative type cleanses unnecessary, in fact, it could really serve as the basis for anyone’s long term healthy diet.
From Ayurveda’s perspective the use of purgative cleanses involving herbs like cascarda sagarda, senna, and rhubarb are actually harmful, as they damage the Agni/Digestive Fire that is at the root of healthful digestion.
They are sort of like the old STP engine additive; if you need them don’t use them, and if you don’t need them don’t use them. Meaning, if the engine is broken fix it. If its not broken, don’t pour something in it it does not need.
On the other hand, strong fasting, with no food at all, is also considered weakening for about 2/3rds of people. Only Kapha Pitta’s really can manage that. For the rest of us, partial fasting is much healthier; you get the benefit of restricted diet, without weakening yourself.
This cleanse is almost a partial fast. More exact partial fasting involves shorter periods of time, taking only liquids, or only rice and yogurt with spices, or taking only kitcharee. More on that in the article Ayurveda on Fasting
The starting point for this cleanse is “No Sugar No Wheat No Dairy No Meat”
Cleansing diets are usually part of mental cleanses. I recommend a diet like this be accompanied by a commitment to some kind of renewed meditative process, maybe observe silence for a day or two on the weekend, observe a fast from the computer, from t.v., from electronic media altogether.
Good Luck and write if you have questions,
A fast way to reduce Kapha and Ama and engender Agni is to do a ten day elimination diet when Spring wildflowers are in bloom. This will vary according to locale. This is a good guide for anyone to follow in a loose form throughout Spring, or anytime they need to detoxify, such as after the Winter Holidays. Please modify according to your dosha.
Note: This Should Be Modified to Suit Your Individual Dosha and Level of Wellness. Please contact me or another Ayurvedic practitioner for details, and do not do if you are ill or weak.
–No sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no meat, except for diluted spiced unsweetened yogurt or kefir.
–No caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco.
–Only 1-2 serving of fruit a day, but no melons or bananas. No fruit juice.
–Limit sweetener to very small amount of honey per day.
–Lots of lightly cooked green leafy vegetables like kale, dandelion, etc.
–Lots of lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables like brocoli, cauliflower, etc.
–Small amounts of starchy veggies like yam, butternut squash, etc.
–Dark green salad greens, according to your digestive fire.
–Very little raw foods depending on dosha
–Small amounts of sea vegetables like kelp, nori, wakame, arame.
–Whole cooked rice, millet, barley, quinoa, amaranth, teff
–Small amounts of seeds and nuts.
–Legumes, beans, tofu, tempeh depending on your dosha
–Small amounts of fish if you need extra protein.
–Drink one cup of ginger tea each day.
–Plenty of fresh and dried ginger, in cooking
–Normal use of other culinary spices and churnas appropriate to your Dosha
like cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, black and white pepper.
—Minimize salty and sour condiments,
except cultured foods, like miso, raw sauerkraut, kim-chee, and sea veggies
–Drink Dosha pacifying teas during the day like ProVata from Ayush
–Take Triphala, Neem, or Guggal depending on your Dosha or Condition
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