Fasting and Ayurvedic Detoxification

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What is Ayurvedic Detoxification?

Ayurvedic Detoxification has been a way of life with people in India since early history. When we think of detoxification, the first things that come to mind are a variety of smoothies and supplements. Ayurvedic detox procedures go way beyond just that. It’s a long set of principles and regimen.

Following Ayurvedic principles and dietary guidelines and performing Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Upavasa and Panchakarma regularly, ensures good health. Health is defined as the body being unhampered by toxins and pollutants, mind being in perfect harmony, emotions being vibrant, outlook positive, wastes efficiently eliminated and organs functioning smoothly.

Yoga

Yoga is an age old Ayurvedic discipline that comprises of performing certain bodily postures for fit body, perfect circulation and strengthening muscles. It also involves the practice of certain breathing techniques called Pranayama and normally ends with prayers and meditation. Yoga is a spiritual habit aimed to be performed every day to feed mind, body and soul.

Best yoga practices start just a few minutes before the sunrise, after drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and honey. After five minutes of brisk warm up, the twelve steps of Suryanamaskar (sun salutations) are performed followed by a few other poses and breathing exercises. Nasya (Lubricating the nasal passage with herbal oils) and Neti (Saline Nasal Irrigation) are two twin therapies that are practised after the meditation that follows yoga practice.

Upavasa – Main requirement of Ayurvedic Detoxification

Upavasa or fasting, which literally translates as “living close to, or, with God”, is performed in different ways to expel toxic material from the body that has accrued as a result of improper diet and habits. Fasting repairs imbalances in the body, and improves circulation and brain function leaving one feeling rejuvenated and healthful.

The best fasting recommendation for a normal healthy adult is to abstain from consuming solid foods for 24 hour periods, once a week with plenty of fresh water and non-sweetened warm teas. Longer fasting procedures can be performed around an annual Panchakarma under the guidance and counseling of an Ayurvedic doctor.

Panchakarma – The five fold Ayurvedic Detoxification therapy

A very essential part of Ayurveda is Panchakarma, which means five actions. It is a five-fold therapy intended to be performed at least once every two years if not every year. Although parts of Panchakarma can be performed anytime, the whole process should be guided and monitored by an Ayurvedic doctor. Panchakarma for each individual is a personalised plan as each person has a unique constitution based on the three doshas, Vatha, Pittha and Kapha.

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