What do you think the odds are that you have built up toxins in your body right now? Well, do you have some stubborn weight you can’t get rid of or maybe some cellulite you’ve been trying to lose? Perhaps you’ve been experiencing digestive issues or a lag in your energy level? Or maybe you’ve had skin outbreaks or rashes? These are all signs that your body is in a state of toxic overload.
We all come in contact with toxins regularly–processed food and unnatural preservatives, cleaning products, make-up and skin care products containing petroleum and other xenoestrogens, poor air quality and God knows what else. And if we don’t clear our bodies of these toxins from time to time, they build up and clog the tiny micro-channels that move nutrients from the digestive tract into the blood and beyond. Without proper nutrients, our tissues can become depleted, and many systems begin to shut down. After all, 85% of all disease starts in the digestive system.
Sometimes it’s not even bad quality food or environmental toxins that get us. It could just be weak or variable digestion, poor eating habits or some other imbalance that keeps the body from breaking food particles down into small enough molecules for complete assimilation. Food particles that aren’t digested enough to move into the blood tend to stay in the digestive tract and putrefy, fermenting and creating gas and other digestive issues. So…if you are having digestive problems, you should consider annual or semi-annual cleanses to help ‘reboot’ your system.
Ayurveda has always recognized the importance of keeping the micro-channels and deeper tissues clear. The practice recommends cleanses in the Spring and Fall, the two major season changes.
Unlike most cleanses you hear about online, Ayurveda takes a very systematic approach to cleansing. This well-documented process ensures that you protect your micro-channels during detoxing so you don’t cause more harm than good. The process involves:
- A special mono diet – one of several versions of traditional Indian kitchari is eaten daily to relax the digestive system, giving it a well-earned vacation. This special dish is easy-to-digest, satisfying, adaptable to various doshas, and able to supply all of your nutritional needs. Eating kitchari throughout the cleanse helps draw the toxins out of the deeper tissues and into the digestive tract, where they can be easily dispelled from the body.
- Digestive herbs – consuming heating or slightly heating spices with your kitchari ensures that the body’s digestive fire (agni) stays strong even while consuming fewer calories. When the digestion is balanced, it breaks down food particles and assimilates them, thus preventing the creation of toxic residue (ama) in the GI tract. Spices like cumin or black pepper stoke the fire, encouraging the body to release more stored energy (and toxins) from fat cells. Ayurveda employs the fine art of balancing digestive spices to make sure that the fire is not too hot, not too cool, but just right for optimal assimilation and cleansing.
- Heat or Fomentation – in addition to a low-calorie, easily digestible meal plan, applying the proper amount of heat to the body helps drive the toxins from the deeper tissues back into the digestive tract. Heating spices, hot or warm showers, saunas or steam rooms usually do the trick.
- Oleation – adding oil helps soften the tissues of the body so they more readily release the toxins they are holding. In particular, fat-soluble toxins are attracted to fat molecules. Internal doses of ghee and daily oil massages act like magnets, literally pulling the fat-soluble toxins into the digestive tract. At the same time, the additional oils help keep the body’s nervous system calm while cleansing.
- Massage – an important part of detoxing, massaging helps to stimulate tissues to release toxins and increases the circulation so the toxins find their way to the digestive system. Daily self-massages are encouraged, as well as deeper and more relaxing therapies with a practitioner. Many patients schedule massages during their cleansing to help relax them when the process of detoxing gets a little stressful.
- Special Techniques to Clear the Toxins From the Body – once the body has had a chance to release its deeply-held toxins, it’s time to remove them. Ayurveda uses a variety of techniques for this, including purgation and/or enemas with various herbs and oils. It is very important that this part of the process be completed; otherwise, you run the risk of reabsorbing all of the toxins back into your system. Processing an abundance of reabsorbed toxins at one time can overwhelm the liver and result in rashes and other heat-aggravated symptoms.
- Re-stoking the Digestive Fire – after the cleanse and purging of toxins, it’s important to make sure the digestive agni is strong enough to thoroughly digest all food groups. Some foods are more difficult to digest than others and require more digestive heat. Ayurveda follows a strict plan of slowly re-introducing food groups in order of digestibility to prevent toxins from forming while the digestion is still amping back up. This is one of the most important aspects of an Ayurvedic cleanse, and it is probably the least touted component of most detox programs being marketed today.
- Rebuilding & Tonifying Tissues – if the individual is worn down from the cleanse or long-term digestive issues, once the agni is strong again it’s time to begin the rejuvenation process. Ayurveda has wonderful herbal formulas to help restore all of the organs and tissues of the body. In order for these formulas to work effectively, however, the ama must first be removed, and the agni restored. The digestive tract does not do a good job of assimilation and nourishment if its small micro-channels are blocked and/or the digestion is weak.
An Ayurvedic cleanse guided by a qualified practitioner is truly a safe and effective long-term strategy for improving overall digestion and health. Best of all, it is a tried and true method, with 5,000 years of experience to work out the bugs, literally.
In honor of the importance of this semi-annual Ayurvedic tradition, Positively Ayurvedic has created a package that offers detailed, customized support, the key products to get you started, a personal treatment session to cleanse the lymph and help you relax, and customized follow-up instruction. Basically, you get everything you need to do an Ayurvedic cleanse the right way, and Karen will be there every step of the way with you!
• Cleanse Consultation: A 1-hour in-person diagnostic review and customized detox strategy with Karen
• Detox kit (split mung beans, basmati rice, customized digestive spices)
• Organic ghee (7.5 oz.)
• Triphala (90 tablets)
• Cleansing herbs and equipment customized to the individual, as needed
• 2-hour Treatment: A quick Q and A and 5-Sense Therapy (1-hour abhyanga massage, plus an eye cleanse, nasal cleanse/nasya, ear oiling, and pulling)
• A 15-minute Skype call to answer patient questions and review final cleansing steps
$297 includes all products and the three sessions listed above. Typically, the three sessions by themselves cost over $300, so this special is like getting all of the products for free!!!
May 17 is the deadline for this special pricing and package.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1) Call Karen at 818-808-7288 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your initial one-hour consultation today!
2) Then pre-pay online so Karen can organize your product in advance of your consultation.
Take advantage of this special offer to reboot your digestive system and remove inflammatory toxins before May 17th! I’ll be waiting for your call. 🙂
The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or email Karen Callahan at info@positivelyayurvedic.