The 3 Easy Detox Practices To Add to Your Spring Routine
Around the globe, Springtime is a traditional time for cleansing. The snow and ice of winter are melting, and the detritus of the old year is being washed away, making way for new growth. It’s a natural time to detox. Winter is a time of hibernation; regardless of our busy lives we are naturally a bit more sedentary, and cold temperatures and inclement weather have made it harder to get outside for fresh air and exercise. During the winter months we naturally tend to eat more as our bodies work harder to stay warm. Over time, this slower winter lifestyle may lead to sluggish digestion and the accumulation of ama, or toxins. Here are three simple detox practices you can add to your daily routine to supercharge your digestion for Spring.
1. Add Tongue-Scraping to Your Morning Routine
When digestion is not up to par, the evidence is on your tongue. When you wake up in the morning you may find a light, white, filmy coating on your tongue. This film indicates a buildup of bacteria, toxins or ama, and undigested food residue. The Ayurvedic practice of daily tongue scraping, or jihwa prakshalana, is an easy way to get rid of this buildup. Tongue scraping can also lead to fresher breath. Dental studies have shown that 85% of bad breath-causing bacteria originates in the mouth and 50% of this is found on the tongue. Tongue scraping removes odor-causing bacteria and it does so more effectively than using a toothbrush or a disinfecting wash. Try our anti-bacterial sterling silver or affordable food-grade stainless steel Tongue Cleaner to start and end your day the right way. Once you start scraping, you’ll never stop.
How To Do It
It’s easy to add tongue scraping to your morning routine. Before or after brushing your teeth, use the u-shaped tongue scraper to gently scrape across the tongue removing the residue. Push the tongue scraper only as far back as is comfortable, so the gag reflex isn’t stimulated. Rinse and repeat until your tongue feels clean and fresh.
2. Sip Organic Digest & Detox Tea Throughout the Day
Another easy way to detox this Spring is to drink Organic Digest & Detox Tea. This mild, savory tea contains organic cumin, fennel, coriander seeds, and spices that have been traditionally used for occasional indigestion, gas, or other digestive issues.
“Cumin, coriander, and fennel are three of the most powerful spices for stimulating the digestion, increasing metabolism, and waking up a dull and sluggish gut to get things moving again,” Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., says in her book The Prime (pg. 131). An integrative neurologist with a background in Ayurveda, Dr. Chaudhary recognizes the connection between diet, detoxification, and brain health, and this tea is one of her favorite tools.
Organic Digest & Detox Tea gently encourages digestion, supports healthy gut mucosa, improves nutrient absorption, stimulates the lymphatic system, and flushes toxins out through the urinary tract. Dr. Chaudhary goes on to explain that cumin contains antioxidants and stimulates digestive enzymes, coriander helps with occasional gas and indigestion, and fennel can lessen digestive issues because “it relaxes the smooth muscle in the digestive tract.” (pg. 132)
How To Do It
Organic Digest & Detox Tea is as simple to make as boiling water. To make, add 1.5 tsp. of tea to 4-5 cups of water. Boil for 5-10 minutes. Pour the tea through a strainer into a thermos or insulated container, and sip throughout the day. Because the tea is a diuretic, try to finish drinking before 6 p.m., to avoid having interrupted sleep.
3. Take Organic Digest Tone for a Gentle Daily Cleanse
If you are feeling sluggish after the inactivity of winter, or from a diet high in comfort foods and holiday treats, Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) can help. Triphala literally translates to “three fruits” and is a revered Ayurvedic remedy. Considered a rasayana, triphala is a whole food product made from Amalaki (or Amla), Haritaki, and Bibhitaki, three dried, ground berries. Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) has the added ingredient of cabbage rose, which helps balance the Pitta-increasing effects of triphala, allowing for safe, long-term use.
Triphala has a mild laxative effect, without being habit-forming. “It is such a good colon cleanser,” Dr. Chaudhary says in The Prime (pg. 133), “Instead of forcing your gut to expel its contents, triphala helps the colon do what it is naturally supposed to do. Your gut remembers how it is supposed to work...”
The three berries working together in triphala are mentioned often in Ayurvedic texts. Together, they have a tri-doshic effect, balancing for all three of the Ayurvedic mind-body types. Amalaki is Pitta balancing, Haritaki is Vata balancing, and Bibhitaki is Kapha balancing. Amlaki, also known as Indian gooseberry or amla, is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. According to Dr. Chaudhary, studies show Amalaki promotes healthy blood sugar metabolism. Haritaki is now recognized as a prebiotic, supporting the growth of good gut bacteria. Bibhitaki promotes healthy fat metabolism and flushes out excess fluids. It cleanses and tones the bowels and helps open lymph channels. Together, these three fruits make triphala a powerhouse. “If I were ever stuck on a desert island,” Dr. Chaudhary says, “ and I could take only one single supplement with me, triphala would be it. Triphala aids so many things in the body that it really is one of my favorite remedies.” (The Prime, pg. 136).
Try these three easy ways to detox this Spring and let us know how you feel!
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