About The Kitchari Cleanse
Ayurvedic cleansing is a gentle, effective way to bring the body and mind back into balance.
In Ayurveda there are six stages of disease. In the early stages symptoms are mild and often hard to detect. But as disease progresses and the body becomes more out of balance symptoms become more obvious. Ayurvedic cleansing is a type of body maintenance. The idea is to intervene by re-balancing the body and mind, in the early stages, before disease develops further into chronic illness.
Ayurvedic cleansing relies on eating three regular meals a day and is based on a mono-diet of kitchari - a simple Ayurvedic food that is designed to support the mind, body and soul in the following ways:
Stimulate digestive fire - known in Ayurveda as ‘Agni’ and stimulated to improve digestive function. This also helps to remove toxins (or Ama) from deep within the body. The use of ghee (or flax-seed oil, or coconut oil) helps dislodge the toxins in the body, drawing them back into the digestive tract and eliminating them. When the body is clear of toxins and the digestive fire is burning brightly we feel alert, vibrant and clear in the mind too.
Allow the digestive system to replenish - Kitchari is made from ingredients that are easily digested, assimilated, absorbed and eliminated. Therefore eating kitchari is a little like fasting because the digestion of kitchari is so easy on the body, you can lose weight easily but you don’t won’t go through your day feeling hungry, depleted and out of balance because you are giving your body exactly what it needs. If you need to gain or maintain weight you can structure more foods into your day around your kitchari meals
Re-balance the body and mind - with ingredients used that are known to pacify inflammation and harmonise the body’s stress hormones. This leaves us in an all-together better position for raising our natural immunity and warding off disease. In this balanced state we can reconnect with our self and feel more at home in our own body. This brings about happiness and a level of contentment that support our health in unparalleled ways.
It might seem a little dull to be consuming the same food each day but the cleanse doesn’t take long to take effect and I promise this superficial feeling is far surpassed by how quickly the body responds to the cleanse with a sense of brightness, lightness, clarity and harmony - and for some a long awaited deep sense of healing.
There’s a lot of science behind Ayurvedic cleansing and it’s easy to do your own research online so I won’t go into it too deeply here but what I will add is how inexpensive and ethical this particular Ayurvedic regime is too - Ayurveda is accessible to everyone and is always in harmony with nature.
Disclaimer: It’s important to note - both the recipe and the cleansing technique outlined here belong to the science of Ayurveda. Your decision to try any type of cleansing must be your own, I am not responsible and I recommend speaking to your GP and/or finding a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner for the appropriate guidance and support.