ayurvedic medicine can suggest gentle methods to assist in natural detoxification for those interested in undergoing a cleanse. according to ayurveda, the transition between winter and spring can be an ideal time to get started. by simply gravitating towards or avoiding the intake of certain foods and substances we can greatly affect our overall health and well-being.
the following lists include suggestions for food and substances to embrace vs avoid when seeking to aid the body in detoxification.
glacial, spring, infused/filtered waters and teas
fresh and cooked vegetables – local, in season, organic
fresh herbs and spices
fruit – local, in season, organic
healthy fats and oils
legumes, beans, and grains*
nuts and seeds*
coffee, alcohol, and drugs
dairy products (with the exception of ghee)
meats and fish
foods containing: preservatives, dyes, or chemicals
hygienic/personal products containing: preservatives, dyes, chemicals, or additives
*emphasis during cleanse to keep protein and iron levels high (important for all, especially important for those who ate meat regularly prior to the cleanse or require high levels of protein in their diets)
the above cleanse guidelines are suggested to be maintained for one to four weeks, based upon personal physical requirements and preferences.
always contact your health practitioner if you have and questions or concerns before starting a personal detox/cleanse program.