Are you aware that your body is frequently exposed to toxic substances? Do you know most of the time, the body can detox without additional help? Still, we need to listen to our bodies and detox in order to increase our quality of life. Our body needs detoxing regularly because it helps the body to function at its best. In this article, you will find some tips on how to detox your body naturally while avoiding excessive measures.
Table Of Contents
- 1 How to detox your body?
- 2 How To Detox Your Body Naturally?
- 3 Natural Ways To Detox Your Body Daily
- 4 What is Ama in Ayurveda?
- 5 Final Thoughts
How to detox your body?
Is it a good idea to detox your body? You know regular cleaning, washing and servicing of vehicles and machinery are required for smooth functioning and for long life. Your body is much more precious than vehicles and machinery that works continuously throughout our life. All the parts are connected with each other and any damage to one small part will affect the functioning of the whole system. Today, pollutions, eating habits, lifestyle, technology all are affecting our body parts and is exposed to many toxic substances. So at some point, it becomes necessary to start paying attention to our body and remove the unwanted toxins without causing harm.
How To Detox Your Body Naturally?
Radhi Devlukia explaining about some natural rituals that are super easy to do that subtly detox your body daily. She sees them as her under armour that keeps her well and protected and constantly clearing out the nasties or AMA (toxins) that build up in her body through everything. She shares with you some of her favourite ayurvedic practices to help flush toxins out of her body but also to help prevent them from building up. In the video, she says that she has done these for over a few years now and really love them.
Disclaimer:- I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be one. I just wanted to share some of my tips and tricks that I found have really helped me in hopes that it can help you too. If you do have any health conditions or any serious issues with your body I definitely recommend going to see a doctor or a specialist.
Natural Ways To Detox Your Body Daily
According to Ayurveda, there are many different types of toxins in the body but the most common one is called ama.
What is Ama in Ayurveda?
Ama is actually the waste product of digestion that often builds up in our digestive tract when our digestion is either weak or is unable to process the foods that we’re eating. And often those are foods that are very heavy to digest or are very highly processed. If ama is not cleared from the body and continues to build up, it can actually leave our digestive tract and circulate around our body which means those toxins are travelling around our body too.
There are five main signs of toxins in your body. And it’s really just a way of your body telling you that you may need to pay a little bit more attention to it.
- A thick white or yellow coating on your tongue in the morning
- Bad breath
- Strong body odour
- Feeling sluggish or lethargic throughout the day
- Painful joints all over the body
Gharshana (Dry brushing)
First up gharshana, also known as dry brushing. So when it comes to dry brushing you usually use a brush that looks like this. The trick is to use long strokes for your arms and your legs and do circular motions on your belly. Dry brushing actually helps to stimulate your lymphatic system.
What is lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is basically the system in your body that carries around the liquid called lymph. Lymph actually carries all the toxins in your body. And so when you use this brush all over your body it helps to get them moving and out of your system.
Now I speak about this a lot just because I have such strong beliefs in this one little piece of metal. There is a lot of ayurvedic research that suggests that there is such a strong link between your tongue and the state of your health. And so any discoloration that’s seen on the tongue is often linked to some imbalances in specific parts of the body. So you should use your tongue scraper every morning and evening. Now you start from the back of your tongue to the front and you do it about 10 times until you see your tongue is bright and clean.
I’m just going to let you know that I may be ruining a lot of good things for you. You won’t have your morning frappuccino in the same way ever again. You won’t see your iced matcha latte in the same way ever again. And you know that cold bottle of water that you take out of the fridge after a hot run outside, you can’t have it. Really hot water can make such a difference to your body. Having cold water actually dampens your digestive fire. Imagine your digestion is a fire and you’re constantly adding cold water to it. You can imagine what’s going to happen? It’s going to become so weak. And so in the same way when our digestion is weak our food is not being digested properly which then ends up being more toxins being produced in the body.
Boiling water actually helps enrich the water with energy. It also helps lighten it and so it actually ends up penetrating deeper into your tissues to hydrate you even more. Hot water actually helps to dissolve a lot of the ama that has built up that’s blocking a lot of the channels in your body and helps to wash it away. It’s also recommended when you’re drinking water to have it between your meals. When you drink too much water with your meals it can actually dilute the digestive fluids which again means that your food is not digested properly and what does that mean more toxins.
It is time to spice up your life. Spices in Ayurveda are pretty much considered. Your medicine bugs spices can help you to absorb your food better, to digest your food better, and make your food taste way better. Spices like black pepper, cardamom, cumin, turmeric the list are endless but they are also helpful in daily detoxing your body. On the note of spices, there is one specific spice blend that is considered the queen of detox. ccf tea, ka, coriander, cumin, and fennel.
In Ayurveda, hot water or warm water is considered an anupanthat basically means that it’s a carrier substance that helps all of these herbs and spices deeply penetrate into the tissues. And so having these spices in the tea is a perfect way to incorporate them into your daily routine. If you are pregnant then stick to the coriander and the cumin and maybe a little bit of cardamom instead of the fennel because it says that fennel seeds can actually stimulate the menstrual cycle and so is usually avoided during pregnancy.
Now massaging your body with warm oil actually is said to help loosen the toxins from the soft tissues in your body. I have linked some of my favorite body oils in the description below if you want any suggestions.
Epsom salt baths
Epsom salts are made of magnesium and sulfate and they basically are very useful in the detoxification processes in our body.
Eating your largest meal in the afternoon and having regular meal times our body is in tune with nature. And so when the sun is at its peak that is also when our digestion is at its strongest. And so in the afternoon is the best time to eat your largest meal which means you have a greater amount of time to digest it before you go to bed. And eating a lighter easy to digest a meal in the evening like soup or a vegetable-based dish. Also having regular meal times is so important because our body then gets used to know when we are going to be eating our meal. So our digestive juices start flowing just before we eat which means our tummy is ready to receive whatever we put in it.
Now I know this may be a surprise because I also was told small meals often but according to Ayurveda it says that we actually need at least a three-hour gap between our meals. Imagine your tummy is like a rice cooker. Now imagine you’ve already been cooking rice for about 10 minutes and then you decide to add a little bit of raw rice into that. That’s exactly how our tummy feels when we’ve already eaten a large meal and then we keep snacking in between. But if you get really really hungry in between that’s okay. Just have something light. Maybe some soaked nuts, a little bit of fruit or even a lovely warm drink.
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Sleeping by 10 p.m.
You may have been the life of the party, you may be the one that stays up till 2/3/4 a.m that your friends can count onto have a good night out and you know what when you make this change they may call you grandma. They may call you a party pooper. But you know what they’re just toxic friends and you need to cut them out of your life.
But really just as our body has a sleep cycle it also has detox and digestive cycle. And in Ayurveda, it says that time is between 10 p.m and 2 a.m. So ideally if we are resting during this time it allows that process to happen more efficiently.
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Those are the tips on how to detox your body daily. Now don’t get too overwhelmed with these tips. Always start slow, be kind to yourself, and add in one every week, one every month, whatever feels comfortable to you. Eventually, you’ll have these in your routine like clockwork and you will feel absolutely great.
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