DETOXIFY YOUR DOSHA
The best time to do a detox of the body is during the changing of the seasons, most beneficial of which is the shift from Winter to Spring. There are gentle ways of detoxifying your body based on your constitutions and a more intense method called Panchakarma, which requires a trained Ayurvedic Therapist, however, the basic procedure has also been provided in the following section.
A simple detox would take 4 to 7 days, depending on your constitution and the seasons. A daily routine has been provided for a 4 day program. It is ideal to try and take at least a long weekend to concentrate on the detox program. Remember, a detox is not just a physical procedure. It is all about the mind, body, and soul.
Each dosha benefits from a fluid fast on the first day as specified below. Each Dosha should prepare a Khichadi for meals during days two through to four.
Khichadi is a stew/soup consisting of Basmati rice and split mung dal. These two main ingredients are tri-doshic, which means they work to balance all three Doshas and can be used for any seasonal detox program.
Basic Khichadi Recipe:
1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 tsp each: (see additional list below by Dosha)
Cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ground cilantro, sea salt, grated ginger, turmeric
1 cup organic basmati rice
1 cup organic split mung dal, pre-soaked for 3 hrs.
4-6 cups purified water
2 ozs diced organic carrots or celery
Fresh lemon juice
Melt ghee/oil, add seasonings (not turmeric) and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
Add turmeric, rice, mung dal and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
Boil, uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cover, cook for 25-30 minutes (add more water if necessary)
Add carrots/celery and cook for another 15 minutes.
Squeeze lemon juice on top and enjoy!
Vata: Plus any of: Black pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves
Pitta: Plus any of: Mint, Saffron, Cinnamon
Avoid: Anise, Basil, Cayenne, Cloves, Mustard Seeds, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika
Kapha: Plus any of: Basil, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, dill.
Avoid: Fennel, salt.
Throughout the next few weeks I will add 4 day detox programs for each of the doshas.