Detoxing seems to be a buzz word these days, but there are so many different versions! I hope to give you some insight to be able to choose what would be best for you!
I personally have had some good and some awful experiences with detoxes. From intermittent fasting, to watermelon or lemon detoxes, I have heard it all as a holistic health coach. Here is my take on how and why we should detox!
First: There is No “one size fits all”
In alignment with my approach to Ayurveda, I believe it really depends on what feels best for your body. I did Dr. Junger’s clean diet (as a detox) when I was still growing and had some really adverse effects….then I tried an ayurvedic diet and was too strict with myself and ended up with a headache for two days. Some of these adverse effects are actually toxins leaving the body, but only you will know if it feels like cleansing or malnutrition.
So why even do it if it can be that complicated and tricky? There are 3 reasons I would offer a detox to someone.
They are having serious GI tract issues.
This could be malabsorption, pain or difficulty with bowel movements. A detox is a way to hit the reset button on the body. When there is a malfunction in the GI tract it can be very helpful as long as you prepare properly and end properly. The body usually needs any type of drastic change to be slow and steady so as to not shock the system. This can look like a full and specific diet created for you uniquely, often with a lot of kitchari, smoothies and tea.
It is Springtime.
It can be helpful to release the excess kapha build up in the body (earth element, feels sluggish and can manifest in head colds or mucus build up) in the spring before there is too much heat. This can simply look like skipping dinner once a week and replacing it with a tea specific for the season.
It is Autumn
Similar to spring, autumn is a great time to release the excess pitta build up in the body. (fire element, makes us feel not “good” enough and can manifest as a fever, rash or infection) This can look like simply eliminating certain things from the diet for a short time and having more easy to digest foods (mushy and warm) to give the stomach a break.
How can I tell if it is right for Me?
Only you will be able to answer this question, but there are a few general guidelines I like to go by.
Say no thank you if…
You have difficulty gaining weight
You are particularly stressed out right now
You often experience anxiety or forgetfulness
Say yes please if…
You have been feel exhausted physically
You have irregular, constipated or loose bowels
You tend to be gain weight easily
If you are curious and want to try it out be sure to properly prepare your food ahead of time so you always have good options for yourself! When in doubt you can simply try skipping dinner for a tea 1x a week and see how that makes you feel 🙂
Let us know how your experience is or if you have any questions!!
Haylee Warner, HHC, RYT is an Ayurvedic holistic health counselor, movement & meditation instructor and corporate wellness provider based in Philadelphia. Her holistic health counseling puts all the pieces of your life into a clear picture. She guides you to understand the root cause of your dis-ease. In her sessions your will build a map of simple and effective changes to re-pattern old habits so that you can live with energy, motivation and vitality. Her goal is to empower you to clear the haze and stop compromising your best self! Healing Haylee provides a realistic way to incorporate affordable and preventative healthcare into your 21st century lifestyle. We will find small, effective and achievable adjustments for your diet and life that will have profound effects on your energy, perspective, and productivity.
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