Natural Detox for Springtime
Spring is natural detox time for your body
The shift to springtime energy has been scattered across the country, with unseasonably warm weather in the East, back-to-back storms in the Midwest and vacillating hot and cold days in the West. This natural upheaval demands more flexibility in the body. That’s because the body senses the shift of seasons on a cellular level and begins a natural detox. Pets slim down, losing their winter fat, and human frames lean towards lightness as daylight stretches longer towards the horizon.
Spring is invigorating. It’s a time of renewal and shaking off doldrums caused by diminished daylight and long hours indoors. Spring cleaning is a laudable goal – the purging of old, unwanted items to create space for the new. If modern lifestyles integrated natural rhythms, there’d be more conscious, internal housecleaning of the body as well. Clean outside, clean inside. Ayurveda offers a great array of tools for just such cleansing.
What happens internally during the long months of winter?
Toxins build up in the body. From the Maharishi Ayurvedic perspective, toxins find their way to us through foods, toxic chemicals, GMOs, pollution and preservatives. It all ends up stored in our cells, wreaking havoc on digestion and elimination processes. Toxins dissolved in water or inhaled are stored too. Those aren’t the only sources. Overeating during the holidays and generally indulging in poor eating habits can lead to sluggishness, extra pounds, poor sleep or worse. Pressure from work, family and financial concerns may also build up as mental and emotional stress that can lead to poor performance or sickness. There is good news: given a chance, the body will detox naturally, but the accumulation of these various stresses and the build-up of toxins in tissues makes that much more difficult.
A natural Ayurvedic herbal detox
Ancient Rasayanas, ayurvedic formulas carefully crafted by Maharishi Ayurveda, can help the detoxifying process anytime of the year. In addition to the Rasayanas, there are two formulas in particular that can gently and efficiently jump-start a refreshing, springtime cleanse.
Using 18 pure ayurvedic herbs, Elim-Tox works to detoxify the colon and digestive tract. It continues on to cleanse the liver, sweat glands, blood, nutritive fluids and fat tissue. Each pore is purified as the microchannels of the body release waste, and cellular pathways for vital nutrients are renewed.
Elim-Tox-O is a similar but gentler formula for those who experience heartburn, acne and excess stomach acid. Absorption of nutrients is promoted as the liver gently detoxes. At the same time the blood, fatty tissues and muscles are purified.
The herbs in Herbal Cleanse support natural elimination for greater health, clarity and vitality. Ayurveda considers daily elimination a prerequisite for good health. In fact, if you visit an ayurvedic physician, one of the first questions you will be asked will be about your bowel movements. Irregular elimination allows toxins to build up, causing you to feel "plugged up" physically and mentally.
Organic Genitrac supports the entire genitourinary tract. It is designed to help cleanse away years of accumulated waste products, toxins and residues in order to restore balance to the kidneys, urethra, ureters and bladder. Besides cleansing the urinary system, Organic Genitrac aids digestion which, when not functioning properly, can allow digestive toxins to build up. And it nourishes the body’s tissues, to promote natural immunity. With only three ways to eliminate toxins from your body (urine, sweat and stool), your health depends on healthy urinary function.
Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) contains three remarkable fruits — Amla, Chebulic myrobalan and Belleric myrobalan — and each possesses the superior rejuvenative and health-giving qualities known as a Rasayana. Because it contains three elixirs in one compound, it is considered one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world. In addition, a fourth ingredient, Cabbage Rose, is added to support the synergy of the other ingredients and promote their effectiveness. How does it work? A mild laxative, it purifies so gently that when used over a long period of time, it allows even the deepest tissues and organs of the body to release toxins. Despite its powerful cleansing quality, it actually supports food absorption rather than depleting the body of nutrients. Organic Digest Tone promotes ojas, the finest product of digestion, which creates luster in the skin and rejuvenates vital energy.
Because healthy cleansing requires more than taking a pill, other natural detoxifying suggestions include:
- Taking advantage of the abundance of fresh organic spring greens and organic grains and including them in your daily diet.
- Enjoying organic fruit, juices and whole milk rather than more-processed options.
- Drinking plenty of purified water. Consuming at least two quarts a day will help flush out toxins.
- Enjoying exercise outdoors on a regular basis.
- Favoring foods that are warm, light and easy to digest.
- Reducing or avoiding red meat, refined and canned foods, salt, coffee, dairy products and alcohol.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.