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The Season For Purification

By Vaidya Jagdish Vaidya, Resident Maharishi Ayurveda Expert at the former Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Lancaster, Massachusetts

Maharishi Ayurveda recommends two kinds of detoxification programs: self-detoxification (including diet, herbal preparations, and daily routine), and a detoxification program supervised by an expert trained in Maharishi Ayurveda. This is the time of year to be pacifying the Pitta dosha, which can be aggravated by the summer season.

In addition, eat a Pitta dosha pacifying diet — avoid hot and spicy foods and spices. Cut back on salt and heavy foods such as cheese and yogurt. Eat oil, butter and even ghee in moderation during this change of season. Avoid animal protein if possible (or eat in moderation), as well as fermented beverages and sour food such as strawberries, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. In other words, eat a light diet and be sure to include grapes, raisins, apples and pears.

One day a week, do a "one-day" fresh organic juice-and-warm-soup fast. Be sure to do this on a day when you can take it a little easier than usual.

In addition, use the MAPI product Organic Digest Tone to make a cleansing tea. Drink this tea every morning on an empty stomach. Here is the recipe:

Organic Digest Tone Detox Tea Recipe

  • Soak two Organic Digest Tone tablets in 8 oz. of water the night before.
  • In the morning take the water and boil it down to 3 oz. or half a cup.
  • Let it cool at bit and drink it warm.

During this time of seasonal change, it is ideal to take advantage of the seasonal purification and rejuvenation program recommended by the classical ayurvedic texts. This program, called Panchakarma, is the most effective means available for ridding the body of the previous season's accumulated toxins. Elimination of these otherwise difficult-to-eliminate impurities promotes vitality, immunity and optimal balance of mind and body.

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