Our body is an extraordinary system that has the ability to self-regulate. Every cell in the human body works tirelessly, day and night, to balance, cleanse, regenerate and heal. This process of returning to equilibrium is called homeostasis. Detoxification is therefore a normal process of the human body that removes and neutralizes toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.
However, we live in a much more "toxic" era than 100 years ago. Toxins are everywhere: in food, in water, in the environment, in interpersonal relationships and at work. Stress is a very powerful toxin that affects us all to different degrees. There is also hyper sensory stimulation related to technologies. Imagine, we are exposed to as much stimulus in a day as our grandparents were in a lifetime! That's why it's getting harder and harder for our body to self-clean unwanted substances. We are overloaded.
Ayurveda offers to do the '' cleaning '' to the changing seasons. Spring is the perfect season to cleanse your body and mind of accumulated toxins. It's the Kapha dosha season, nature is slowly waking up and we do not have to fight the cold of winter anymore. Kapha has a stable, anchored and resistant nature, which allows a more balanced cleansing for other doshas.
AMA, THE TOXINS
The toxins are called '' ama '' in Ayurveda. It is possible to accumulate ama in one's body but also on the level of the mind, in the consciousness. In Ayurveda, body, mind and soul are treated as a whole, they are intertwined. Thus, in an Ayurvedic detoxification process, cleaning is done at all these levels. The accumulation of toxins (ama) is at the root of all diseases. As Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. in Ayurveda explains in his book The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, ama will be felt in the body as fatigue, heaviness, digestive disorders such bloating, gas, constipation, bad breath, bodily stiffness and mental confusion.
HOW THE AYURVEDIC DETOX WORK?
The principle of Ayurvedic detox is to give a break to the digestive system so that it regains strength and works to its full potential. In addition, this pause on the system helps the body to resume its automatic and natural self-regulating functions. It is important to note that the Ayurvedic detox is made respecting the constitution of each. It is therefore very suitable and safe. No supplement that would clog the digestive system nor any potentially stressful therapy for the body is used in Ayurveda. Rather, it's about rest, yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic massage, and easy-to-digest food such as Kitchari, a preparation of mung beans, basmati rice and spices.
Panchakarma is the ultimate Ayurvedic cleansing. In Sanskrit, panchakarma means pancha (five) and karma (action). It is therefore a process of purification and regeneration in 5 steps used in Ayurveda to release the excess of doshas and to bring the body back to equilibrium. From a few days to several weeks depending on the client, the various methods used in this traditional treatment include ingestion of ghee, Ayurvedic massage, sweat and purges that drain the toxins and the then remove through the skin and the digestive system. To undergo panchakarma, the client is assessed and must have enough strength. It is also preferable to follow this type of treatment in specialized centers to rest and enjoy the treatment.
DINACHARYA, THE DAILY AYURVEDIC DETOX
If Panchakarma is the detoxification par excellence, it is not accessible to all by its cost and duration. The daily Ayurvedic routine called Dinacharya helps a lot to prevent the accumulation of ama and also to eliminate it. We start the day by cleaning his mouth and tongue with a tongue cleaner and oil according to its constitution. Sinus cleansing with a neti pot, self-massage, yoga, meditation and digestive teas are also part of the Ayurvedic routine. Finally, to give a break to your digestive system, it is possible to make a detox of one day a week or a month.