Ayurvedic cleanses are prescribed by Ayurevedic practitioners after taking a detailed history and are chosen for your particular “dosha” -mind and body type.
A complete Ayurvedic cleansing program includes 15 days of preparation and 45 days of actual cleansing but here is an Ayurvedic light vegetarian mini detox that is suitable for all “doshas” and can be followed for 2 or 3 days a week to help flush out toxins.
Of course the usual preparation applies before starting any detox. If you are not already on a very good healthy diet then take two weeks or more to gradually cut out tea, coffee, alcohol, processed food, junk food, fizzy drinks, sugar and foods containing it, fried and fatty foods, meat, gluten grains and dairy products.
Replace these toxic foods with vegetarian foods that are light, warm, and cooked. Freshly made made soups and dhals, organic vegetables cooked with spices, and whole grains are ideal.
Drink plenty of hot water or Detoxifying Tea through the day to flush toxins out of the body through the urine.
7am Lemon Tea:
Squeeze half a lemon into a 10 oz. glass and add one tablespoon
of maple syrup (Grade B) and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Top
up with hot water.
(You will recognize this as the drink from the Master Cleanse or lemonade diet that Beyonce and others have spent 10 days or more on to lose weight)
8am Carrot & Apple Juice
9.30am Ginger tea
11am Vata or Pitta Tea ( see supplier below) or other Herbal Digestive Tea
12 md Ginger pickle (see recipe below)
Choose 3 vegetables from the following list. Steam lightly and eat with grain and sauce.
Asparagus, Butternut squash, Carrots, Celery, Eggplant,
Fennel, Green beans, Mangetout, Red pepper, Yellow Pepper,
Spinach, Sweet Potato, Zucchini
Brown Basmati rice, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Barley or Bulgar Wheat
Make by liquidizing some dhal or vegetable soup
Season with a little rock salt & black pepper
3pm Carrot & grape juice
4 pm Vata or Pitta tea or Herbal Digestive Teas
6 pm Ginger pickle (see recipes)
6.30pm Evening meal
Vegetable Soup or dhal. Season with a little rock salt and black pepper
Digestive herbal Tea
9pm Bedtime Tea
Take 2 Triphala tablets to keep the bowels moving or other herbal bowel stimulant
Herbs & teas can be purchased from:
www.maharishi.co.uk ( UK)
Complete the detox with some gentle exercise each day. Yoga and walking help detoxification by improving digestion and elimination. Avoid strenuous exercise. A massage during the mini detox can help release toxins from the tissues and improve the lymph and blood circulation.
Additional reading: Ayurvedic Detox Diet Recipes