Ayurveda is a healing and holistic process of living life. It is a medicinal art used for ages to cure disease and maintain health. Ayurveda stresses on maintaining a balance between the body, mind and spirit. The three Doshas recognised in Ayurveda are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are the constitutional elements of the body and need to stay in balance. Ayurveda focuses on removing toxins in the body that develop as a result of these Doshas.
Ama or toxins are harmful substances that get accumulated inside the body when food is not properly digested, pollutants do not get flushed or our body does not get routinely cleansed. These toxins can eventually lead to many disorders. Therefore Ayurveda stresses on detoxification, a process to cleanse out the body and remove toxins. As Ayurveda contends the balance of the mind, body and spirit, the process of detoxification also involves the removal of Mental Ama and negativity from life.
There is a direct connection between the guts and the brain. Cells continuously produce waste that needs to be removed from the body. By not doing so, toxins start accumulating in the body and as a result, the digestive system starts getting compromised. The microbes in the digestive system produce hormones and neurochemicals that directly affect the body. Hence, when toxins start affecting the digestive system, they also cause a considerable effect on mental health.
The symptoms of toxin accumulation vary, depending on the Dosha and the type of toxins. However, some symptoms may be present in all cases.
Yoga and Meditation restore the balance between the body and the mind. They reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Reducing mental Ama is equally important in the process of detoxification. The simple reason behind this lies in the fact that mind and body, especially guts are directly connected.
Practicing mindful meditation can be proven extremely helpful in this process. It is a technique in which you incline your mind to focus only on the present and not wander everywhere else.
Include light food in your diet which is easily able to digest. Avoid fried and heavy food because it builds up toxin accumulation.
Drink warm water throughout the day. It helps to remove toxins from the body. Avoid drinking or eating anything cold.
Include fruits and easily-digested grains and proteins such as quinoa, barley, millet, dal, etc. in your diet.
Drink more water and keep your body hydrated. Nothing works better than water to remove toxins.
Include food that helps the body remove toxins such as curd, lemons, etc. Although the dietary changes depend upon the Doshas present in the body, certain dietary intakes help everyone such as these.
Build up a routine and follow it. The body works smoothly and effectively in a routine.
Wake up early in the morning and take an early sleep at night. Let your body work according to circadian rhythms.
Take at least three meals a day. Take your heaviest meal during noon and have a light dinner at night. The digestive system is the strongest during the noon, hence it digests the food easily and avoids the accumulation of toxins.
Avoid taking snacks in between the meals.
Include physical exercise in the routine and avoid smoking.
Some Ayurvedic herbs that can help the body flush out toxins can be easily found within the confines of the kitchen.
Turmeric and ginger are two very effective remedies that help remove toxins. With anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, these effectively boost the digestive system and restore the balance of the body.
Another Ayurvedic herb that has numerous benefits and is often called the powerhouse of Ayurveda, Triphala, can be used as an effective remedy in toxins removal. Triphala boosts the digestive system and avoids the accumulation of toxins.
The development of toxins is a normal process of the body. However, the removal of toxins is equally important. Otherwise, it might lead to many health disorders. Ayurveda believes in the need to make changes in life, depending upon the Dosha and avoid the accumulation of toxins inside the body. Making necessary dietary and lifestyle changes, including herbs in life and practising Yoga and Meditation can be an effective way to help the body remove toxins efficiently.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma