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Written by Dr Ashwini Konnur,
Ayurveda is an age old system of natural medicine which has a holistic approach towards health. Ayurveda believes that accumulation of toxins in the body will result in an unhealthy body where diseases flourish. This system provides us with the knowledge of how to eliminate these toxins efficiently.
While Ayurveda offers effective detoxification procedures like Panchakarma, there is no reason you cannot start it today, right at home. Here are a few tips to find out if there are toxins accumulated in your body?
If you have answered yes to most of the above symptoms, then read on for some at-home detox tips!
Start your morning routine with a through cleanse of the mouth by scraping the tongue and cleaning teeth. Follow this by taking melted ghee in increasing amounts for four mornings. You can start with 2tsps and go up to 9tspa by the fourth day. You can drink the melted Ghee or mix it in a small amount of warm unsweetened almond or rice milk. Do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes.
The ghee is used to lubricate the intestinal tract and the tissues inside the body. This helps pull fat soluble toxins out of the cells and triggers fat metabolism, where the body begins to burn its own fat for fuel.
In Ayurvedic philosophy, a sound digestive system is the core of a healthy body and mind. In order to detox your digestive system, you need to skip the junk and start a mono diet of Khichadi and other warm, cooked foods. Keep sipping on warm water and detox tea throughout the day. Digestion works best if you maintain at least five to six hours between meals. However you can also take two tablets of Triphala or ½ tsp of Triphala powder at bedtime to improve digestion.
Dry brush and oil massage
The skin is an important excretory organ. According to Ayurveda, it is important to brush your skin with a cotton/silk cloth or brush. This helps opening the pores and removing the layer of dry skin; thus detoxifying the body.
A self-massage with warm oil, at least twice a week helps in improving blood circulation and rejuvenating the nervous system.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is very important in detox method. Specific yoga postures and breathing techniques help increase stamina, energy and flexibility. It also aids in digestion.
Meditation helps us relieve stress and calm down our body and mind. Detox works best when both body and mind are stable and relaxed.
Optimal health is the reward for a strict daily routine (Dinacharya). Ayurveda believes in waking up before sunrise. An early start to the day allows our body-clock to prepare for the day. A bath followed by Yoga and meditation is the next step. Ayurveda emphasizes on the body clock and sound sleep as part of detox.
Proper digestion and detoxification happens at night when the body is resting and in deep sleep.
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