It's Detox time! Part 2

As we welcome the new year it’s a perfect time to let go of what is no longer needed, to detox and to prepare for the new year. What has been left undigested, creating toxicity or ama in your life? What are you ready to release, to detox and to let go?

An Ayurvedic detox is a way for us to release ama, toxins, as we discussed in last week’s post. Ama is not only undigested material or toxins in our physical body but also emotional and mental clutter. Taking time out for a cleanse can benefit our body, mind and spirit.

Traditionally ayurveda recommends a complete panchakarma treatment. However, this is a longer strong cleansing procedure which is recommended to do in an clinic or ayurvedic hospital. If you have the opportunity - go for it. But for the rest of us let’s explore options we can easily practise at home.

Last week we started to support our elimination with digestive teas, abdominal massage and yoga poses. All this directs ama, toxins, to the digestive tract and stoked our digestive fire so we are ready to eliminate and detox.

One way to detox is through a mono diet of kitcheri. Try it for just 1-3 days. In ayurveda we recommend kitcheri as it is a complete protein, it is nourishing, it’s tridoshic (good for all constitutions) and very very simple. Even the most sensitive digestive system can cope with kitcheri. It gives our body a rest. Kitcheri is so easy to digest that our agni, digestive fire, can start to eliminate any otherwise undigested material, or ama. Basically it offers our body time to rest and digest.

There are many recipes for kitcheri and here is one to get you started:

Kitcheri Recipe

for one person use half a cup of rice per meal (for a full day with three meals simply multiply with three)

- 1 part split mung dal
- 2 part basmati rice (or other grain)
- simmered in 4-5 parts of water (add more or less water according to your preferences)
- Add 1/4 tsp each of organic turmeric, ginger (preferably fresh), roasted cumin and coriander.
- Boil and simmer for 30-45 minutes until cooked.
- Add a teaspoon of ghee, clarified butter, (or vegetable oil) at the end.

After your detox you can add seasonal vegetables: spinach, peas, asparagus, carrots etc. to make it a nourishing meal.

Enjoy the Kitcheri for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t snack as our digestive system needs the time to fully digest between meals. Instead sip herbal teas or warm water to support your digestion. You can enjoy a Kitcheri day anytime. Try it for one day or if you have a stronger constitution continue for up to 3 days.

Remember the tea, yoga poses and abdominal massage from last week? These are the perfect companion for your detox day too.

Anja (www.yogaembodied.com) & Wellicous Team

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