The Kitchari Cleanse
Ayurvedic cleansing is a gentle, effective way to draw the body and mind back into balance and relies on a diet of Kitchari - a simple Ayurvedic food that is designed to support the body and mind in the following ways:
Stimulate the digestive fire inside - known in Ayurveda as ‘Agni’.
Kitchari’s carefully formulated ingredients improve and strengthen digestive function and restore the natural ph and enzyme balance within the body.
This also helps to remove undigested foods and toxins (aka Ama) from deep within the body. The use of ghee (or coconut oil) helps dislodge the Ama in the body, drawing it back into the digestive tract and eliminating.
When the body is clear of Ama and the digestive fire is burning brightly we feel vibrant, content and well in our body with clarity of mind.
Allow the digestive system to rest and replenish
Kitchari is made from simple ingredients easily digested, assimilated, absorbed and eliminated. The digestive process is simplified and purified yet the body and mind remain nourished.
If necessary you can lose weight but you won’t go through your day feeling hungry, depleted and out of balance because you are giving your body what it needs to rest and digest properly and completely.
If you need to gain or maintain weight you can structure more foods into your day around your kitchari meals so you have the same benefits without losing weight.
Re-balance the body and mind
Select ingredients used - such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and corriander - are known to restore our natural body temperature, pacify inflammation and harmonise the body’s stress hormones. This leaves us in an altogether better position for raising our natural immunity and warding off disease.
In this balanced state we can reconnect and feel more at home in our own body and content in the mind.
Our recommended cleanse routine:
It’s a really good idea to cleanse on a day (or 3 consecutive days) when you can switch off from the world around you and take time for yourself.
6am - self-massage with warm oil – known in Ayurveda as abhyanga followed by a warm shower. Search on YouTube for abhyanga technique. Banyan Botanicals and Ayurveda Pura both have good online tutorials. Try tongue scraping to complete your morning regime. This is done – ideally upon waking – with a copper tongue scraper prior to cleaning teeth.
8am - a small glass of warm water followed by breakfast - plan your choice of breakfast in advance. Either morning Kitchari - or alternative breakfast (choose a breakfast from The Kitchari Cleanse Brochure to suit your body-type, or see All Recipes for ideas.
12pm - enjoy up to two portions of your midday Kitchari adding coriander and lemon juice to serve. Follow your meal with rest or a gentle walk - if at all possible.
4pm – our energy often dips so make time for uplifting tea or if necessary choose a sensible snack.
6-8pm - evening Kitchari or Kitchari broth. Either one or two portions of Kitchari depending on hunger.
Notes: fresh or dried fruit can be added to manage blood sugar levels between meals, drinking plenty of warm water and/or herbal drinks throughout the day is important, caffeine is ideally avoided, stimulants/drugs and alcohol strictly avoided. Ayurvedic spiced milk can be taken in the evening (8pm) if necessary - this is whole milk or substitute milk brought to the boil, then simmered for a few minutes with a pinch of ground ginger, ground turmeric, ground nutmeg and saffron.
DISCLAIMER: Ayurvedic cleansing is a gentle and effective way to draw the body and mind back into balance. However if you have any health concerns prior to the cleanse it is important that you consult your GP or seek medical advice before commencing the cleanse.