The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
There’s been nothing subtle about spring’s arrival this year. It showed up just in the nick of time sweeping us off our feet, with its brilliant colors and promise of warmer sunny days ahead.
According to Ayurveda spring is the king of seasons. It is a season of new beginnings, renewal, and growth and it’s a natural opportunity for a fresh start.
Spring is also the perfect time to cleanse and an easy way to shed excess winter weight.
Signs you would benefit from a cleanse include:
- Spring allergies.
- Excess weight or feelings of heaviness.
- Poor digestion.
- Mental fogginess.
- Strong body odor.
Ayurveda Spring Cleanse Tips
Set an Intention
One of the keys to having a successful cleansing experience is to begin with a clear intention. How do you want to feel both physically and mentally? Do you want to shift a certain habit or lose weight? Start with a clear declaration of what you want to achieve and why you are cleansing.
Proper hydration is the key to effective cleansing. Eliminate ice. Start your day with a mug of warm lemon water and sip warm water and herbal teas throughout the day.
Create a Healthy Routine
Cleansing is about creating supportive daily rhythms and nourishing routines. If you only make dietary changes you will enjoy some benefits of the cleanse but when it ends you will likely revert back to previous patterns.
Adding lifestyle shifts creates a powerful container for change. Be in bed by 10 pm and get up by 6 am. Meditate and move your body daily. Limit screen time. Eat an early dinner, by 7 pm at the latest. Spend time in nature and allow space for stillness.
A proper cleanse requires eliminating dairy, meat, gluten containing grains, soy, sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.
Kitchari is an Ayurvedic cleansing staple made with rice and mung beans. It’s nourishing, cleansing, easy to digest and is the ideal one pot meal to support your cleanse. Enjoy kitchari all three meals for three to seven days while cleansing. Get the recipe click here.
It is important to nourish all aspects of your being during a cleanse. Indulge in abhyanga – daily self-oil massage, walk in nature, enjoy restorative yoga, cut back on screen time, make time for more intimate connection with your family, take an Epson Salt bath before bed. Eat a whole foods diet loaded with seasonal fruits and veggies.
Wishing You Vibrant Wellness