In the spring, people frequently feel renewed. You might feel the urge to partake in a spring cleanse or another ritual of renewal as the days become longer, the weather warms, and blossoms start to bloom. Ayurveda offers mild, tried-and-true techniques for purging and resetting. An appropriate technique to practice self-care and renew your body and mind in advance of the warmer months is through an ayurvedic spring cleansing.
Why A Spring Cleanse?
According to Ayurveda, seasonal transitions are the best times to cleanse because your body is already undergoing a change at that time. Traditional beliefs emphasize early spring and early autumn as excellent times for purifying rituals. This, however, is somewhat influenced by the climate where you reside. The greatest time to avoid cleansing is in the middle of winter or during really cold weather because the body already needs extra energy reserves to keep healthy and strong.
Yet as winter gives way to spring, there is a natural inclination to spend more time outside, eat lighter fare, and possibly lose some of the excesses collected over the previous few months. At this point, it is excellent to attempt.
It is appropriate to consume a higher percentage of dense, heavy, wet foods in the winter. A excellent time to concentrate on balancing foods that are light, warm, dry, bitter, and astringent is spring because it is seasonally dominated by the kapha dosha, which is inherently heavy, moist, and dense. Kitchari is the major component of a traditional ayurvedic cleansing (keep reading for a recipe and more information!). thus you might want to include bitter and astringent foods in your ayurveda spring cleanse, such broccoli, cauliflower, and dark leafy greens.
Why do a kitchari detox? Kitchari, a dish that mostly consists of rice and mung dal, is a complete meal because it also includes fat and protein. Also, it is quite simple for your body to digest. Your body can therefore concentrate its energies on cleansing and rejuvenation rather than the digestion process. Moreover, split yellow mung dal has a mild astringent flavor and is fibrous, which has a gently scraping effect on the intestines (Nowland, 2021).
When Is a Cleanse Not Ideal?
There are several situations, regardless of the season, in which people shouldn't do a cleanse. In general, persons who are reasonably strong and healthy can safely conduct cleansing. Even though it is gentle by cleansing standards, a kitchari cleanse is a reducing practice. As a result, people who are sick, weary, extremely old or young, pregnant, or menstruation shouldn't cleanse (Halpern, 2012; O'Donnell, 2015). If you menstruate, you can of course plan your cleanse around your cycle to avoid having it coincide with your period.
Benefits of An Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse
The mainstay of an ayurvedic spring cleanse is kitchari, a savory porridge comprised of mung dal, grains, spices, and occasionally veggies and ghee. This could sound quite gentle and friendly to people who have participated in more rigorous cleanses. Yet, a kitchari cleansing can have very significant results. You might notice after 3 to 7 days of detoxifying...
a lighter sense of being
a clearer mental state
a reduction in cravings
less coating on your tongue
improved skin clarity
Of course, not everyone will experience all of these advantages, but they frequently come about as a result of an ayurvedic spring cleanse. A cleanse can also be a good chance to simplify and set priorities on a subtle level. You can use less effort and time to prepare meals since you'll be eating and cooking essentially the same thing every day. Also, a kitchari cleanse requires you to abstain from stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and other substances (other than necessary prescriptions). Also, even while you can work and take care of your regular responsibilities while on a cleanse, it is typically advised that you try to lower your stress level and have a more relaxed schedule.
Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse: The Nuts and Bolts (Or Rice and Dal)!
Now that you know you qualify for a kitchari cleanse, it's important to comprehend the fundamental rules. An ayurvedic spring cleansing mainly entails eating kitchari, kitchari, kitchari, as I previously stated! A cleansing of this kind should last between three and seven days. Three days is an excellent starting point if you are new to cleansing or this kind of cleanse. Instead, as a quick reset and introduction to ayurveda cleansing, consider a 1-day kitchari cleanse.
An ayurveda cleanse includes the following, in brief:
Every day, prepare a sizable pot of fresh kitchari. This will be your lunch, supper, and breakfast.
Try to eat until you are satisfied rather than snacking (read on for suitable snacks and extras). There are countless options for kitchari recipes. This kitchari recipe is fantastic and comes from the Ayurveda Institute. Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Vasant Lad also includes a tridoshic recipe and kitchari recipes that are catered to the vata, pitta, and kapha doshas.
Recipe for Kitchari
From the Ayurveda Institute, modified. Kitchari can be made in a number of different ways. A wonderful place to start is with this tridoshic recipe, which is suitable for vata, pitta, and kapha types. Seasonal vegetables can be included, left out, and optionally served as a side dish. 4-6 servings of yield.
one cup of basmati rice as an ingredient
3 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil, 1 cup of split yellow mung beans
roughly 6 cups of water
Peeled and chopped fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome, 1/2 to 1 inch
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seed powder, half a teaspoon
0.5 teaspoon powdered cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seed
mustard (Brassica nigra) seeds, 1/2 tsp.
1/8 teaspoon of powdered turmeric (Curcuma longa)
One pinch of powdered asafoetida/hing (Ferula asafoetida resin) (optional)
14 cup of fresh Coriandrum sativum cilantro leaves
1 cup chopped seasonal veggies (optional)
Rinse the mung dal and rice.
Heat the ghee or coconut oil in a medium to large sized pot. Rice, ginger, mustard seeds, and mung dal should all be added. Be careful not to burn the dal or rice while you stir for a few minutes over medium heat.
Turn up the heat after adding the water. Other than the cilantro leaves, add all the other spices.
Turn mixture to a simmer while partially covering it after it starts to boil.
Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces to make them ready. Broccoli, cabbage, dandelion greens, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, and leeks are healthy veggies to eat during a spring cleanse.
About 20 minutes of cooking time is required to soften the rice and dal mixture.
Vegetables should soften after being added and cooking for a further 5 to 10 minutes.
*It can be a little challenging to locate split yellow mung dal in supermarket stores. Yet, because it has a creamy texture, is tridoshic, and is simple to digest, it is perfect for usage in kitchari. In local co-or op's health food store's bulk department, look for split yellow mung beans. The majority of Indian markets will also sell it. You can also place an online order from specialized ayurvedic product vendors like Banyan Botanicals.
If you have a cold disposition, sip on warm spicy drinks like ginger and cinnamon tea as well as lots of warm water and lemon water. The tea made with cumin, coriander, and fennel is also tasty and slightly more calming. You are allowed to sweeten your tea or lemon water with a little honey or maple syrup.
Schedule a light week. Avoid overexerting yourself. Spend some time in the nights sleeping and unplugging. At least two hours before going to bed, try to turn off your phone and disengage from emails and computer work.
A snack of sunflower seeds, green juice, or vegetable broth in between meals is acceptable if you feel weak, exhausted, or really hungry. Also, you can cook the vegetables on their own without the kitchari and consume them with ghee or other fats. As an alternative, you might have oatmeal for morning instead of kitchari. But stay away from dairy and refined sugar.
Think about incorporating or continuing dinacharya, or daily self-care, activities. You don't have to practice all of them, but try incorporating one or two of them into your regular routine.
During the cleanse, refrain from using any narcotics or stimulants, including alcohol and coffee. Green tea is recommended if you must have caffeine.
Be cautious when leaving the cleanse; do it gradually to enable better ease and longer-lasting effects. Just one or two new foods should be added back into your diet each day. Add yogurt one day, whole grain bread the next, eggs the following, and so on. Avoid overtaxing your agni because your body is used to digesting a fairly simple diet (digestive fire).
The practice of an ayurvedic spring cleanse is beautiful for many reasons. Many like the adaptability of a kitchari cleanse since it is a mild yet effective approach to reset their bodies. Although the procedure is pretty simple, there is potential to modify it according to a person's constitution and needs. Hence, cleanse with caution. The best course of action if you feel really weak, dizzy, or lightheaded while on a cleanse is to gradually stop. It is always advisable to speak with an ayurveda professional if you have any concerns or questions about attempting an ayurvedic spring cleansing. During a kitchari cleanse, you may have some ups and downs as well as difficulties, but this tried-and-true method of regeneration can help you achieve a sense of peace.