Are you looking for an effective natural detox? If yes, then here is how you can remove toxins using natural remedies and detox your body at home.
However, before we dig deep into it, let’s take a look at what Ayurveda has to say about toxins and detoxification.
Ayurveda on Detox
According to Ayurveda, an aggravation in any of the three Doshas tends to affect Agni (the digestive fire) and produce Ama (toxins) in the body.
Some of the main factors that can lead to this condition include poor digestion, consumption of incompatible foods, insufficient hydration, pollution, emotional and physical stress, etc.
Ayurveda says that excess accumulation of Ama in deeper tissues, organs or channels is extremely detrimental to health. It is, in fact, known to be the cause of most diseases and disorders. Therefore, it is absolutely essential to eliminate the toxins from the body from time to time.
Here is how Ayurveda proposes to do it.
Losing Toxins The Natural Way
Anything we consume has a varied impact on our level of energy. In the summer, the best thing to eat is easily digestible food. Since the body’s digestion power is anyway low, consuming these would do wonders on how we feel and how our body functions. A few examples of easily digestible food would be- Yogurt, boiled white rice, Salmon. Simple congee is a very good pick too. Salty, pungent food is to be avoided at all costs.
Eat more of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are extremely high in Vitamins, Potassium, Folic acids, Minerals, etc. These are essential for the body to function well. They contain healthy fats essential for the heart to function well. The best picks for the summer are – cucumber, berries, watermelon, citric fruits, and avocado.
Increase fluid consumption
Consuming fluids are especially important in the summer as our bodies are generally depleted of them. This helps in replenishing our systems and help us feel cool. It is better to avoid alcoholic beverages in the summer. Fluids like Fruit juices, Lemon water, buttermilk, coconut juice, Green tea are easily available and have multi-fold benefits in the summer.
Changes in exercise schedules
It is advisable not to exert the body too much in the summer. Engaging in excessive hours at the gym, running on the ground should be avoided. Cooling Pranayama is one of the best methods to practice.
A few recommended asanas (should be repeated 9-11 times for visible impact) are:
- Sheetali Pranayama
This is to be practiced by rolling the tongue laterally which leads to it becoming like a tube and then inhaling. This helps to calm the body in the summer.
- Sheetkari Pranayama
This is folding the tongue inwards and breathing between the sides of the nose and calmly exhaling from the nose.
- Sadanta Pranayama
Tn this asana, the teeth are to be clenched and we’re supposed to breathe from between them.
Yoga Asanas that can be practiced are – Vrikshasana (Tree Pose), Ardhkati chakrasana (Half waist wheel pose), Konasana (Angle Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Marjariasana (Cat/ Tiger Pose & Breathing), Baddakonasana (Butterfly pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Shashankasana (Moon Pose), Chakrasana (Wheel Pose), Navasana (Boat Pose), Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation Technique)
Changes in lifestyle
In the summer, since nights are short, sleeping during the day is acceptable. Wearing light-colored cotton clothes, using sandalwood, and perfumes made from flowers is advisable. It is very important to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 before stepping out in the sun. Using an umbrella during the time the sun rays are persistent could be of aid. It is also very important to be calm mentally as the correlation between the mind and the body’s reaction too has been scientifically proven.
These natural, Ayurvedic detox methods will strain off your body allowing your body to function well and restore inner strength. All these methods have proven to be effective, time and again. Since they are all natural methods, they are safe for you to try without having to worry about side effects or any negative reactions. Implementing these methods will help you detox your body while adding impacting your overall health positively.