Time to clean up the house, time to do the fall detox

DSC04961 Consider your body as a house. The house your self is living in. As any house, this one needs regular cleaning and fixing to stay well and functional. Couple of times a year a thorough, all-covering cleansing is needed, and the rest of the year simply dusting and keeping the corners tidy.

Our daily living is toxic, more toxic than ever before. Just think about the chemicals and toxic waste surrounding us, on the plate, in the cosmetics, on the skin, in the clothing, in beds, in cars, in working environment. The air we breathe is polluted and the information we receive very often too. All these end up inside of us. In Ayurveda the toxins are called ama and body needs support to get rid of it.

DSC04962So what is the detox about? It is about cleansing the intestines from the bad bacteria and waste, and supporting and nourishing the good bacteria that is supposed to reside there. Cleansing supports also the internal organs (such as liver, spleen, pancreas) to get rid of any overload they may be facing.

Our intestine is the base for our health. It is the seat for physical and mental wellbeing, and base for the human immune system. According to the Dr John Douillard “80% of the body’s immunity lies in the digestive tract – as well as 95% of the mood support chemicals, including serotonin” (click here for the whole article). In another article, “there are 100 million neurons in the gut wall that connect 100 trillion of the guts’ microbes to the human brain. These bugs literally make the brain chemicals (they are actually manufactured in the gut, making brain chemicals somewhat of a misnomer) that determine how we think and feel on a daily basis.”

Generally then, when our intestine is healthy, we feel good and calm, and we stay free of diseases too. Most of us do not even realise that the base of this wellbeing is in our intestines, so we do not pay attention to the whole thing. But, when the intestines get unwell, we start to get problems such as bloating, pains, colds, flues and other infections, maybe even more serious disorders, and the stress gets overwhelming (the communication between gut and brain gets more bad than good).

VataIn Ayurveda, a cleanse or detox is recommended 2-3 times a year, always when the season changes. Now we are talking about the fall detox, going towards the winter. After the summer, many people feel depleted. The summer is hot and contains fire, it is the Pitta season. Then comes the fall and early winter, that is Vata season, dominated by cold air and wind. That aggravates the fire in the body. Then we move to Kapha season, the late winter. That is dominated with cold, damp and heaviness. If we do not balance our doshas with a detox in between, we risk getting ill. Doing a detox usually helps to restore the energy and feel good. The detox is the way to rid the system of things related to the “past” season and preparing for the coming season. The intestine is cleansed, intestinal health restored and body and mind prepared for the coming season.

There are different ways to do detox. You need to try different ones to see what gives you the best results, meaning makes you feel good from inside and prepares your body and immune system for the winter. A proper detox should always include time for yourself, diet and moving the body.

Ayurvedic Detox

Meditation Meditating Asana Yoga Posture with Om Chakras Symbol Mandala

Full-fledged Ayurvedic detox includes slowing down, Ayurvedic diet (kitchari), yoga for detox and self-study (Svādhyāya). Slowing down, reducing stress and mental overactivity is a very important element of a successful detox plan, in addition to the healthy diet. Ayurvedic diet during detox is monodiet meaning eating kitchari. Kitchari is traditional healing food and contains all that the body needs. Mixture of mung beans and basmati rice makes a complete protein. In addition, the body is detoxed with herbal teas. Daily yoga supports the detox. We do not want to heat up or stress the body with too rigorous practice, but twists, breathing and relaxing poses are important. Self-study is the opportunity to go inside and ask questions such as what we want from life and what do we want to put into the world, and ask “Why am I doing this?”

Elements as meditation, massage (abhyanga), and nasal cleansing (neti and nasya) are also used to detox the body and mind. In home environment, this kind of protocol is followed usually for a period of 4-7 days.

If you are not so much into yoga, but want to have the benefits of detox, a “simple” intestinal cleansing might be better for you.  Here, natural products are used to “rub the gut” from inside and to boost the intestinal health. This cleanse is well adapted to modern way of life, not taking so much time from daily activities. However, slowing down with stress and mental activity and avoiding stimulants (coffee, alcohol etc), meat and processed food, and adding more vegetables to the diet is always more beneficial and gives better results. Drinking plenty of pure water is important, to keep the waste moving out from the body.

Detox with LifePlus products

The LifePlus detox cleanses the intestines from old waste and toxins, and nourishes the good bacteria in the gut. Healthy intestines hold about 2.5 kg “good” intestinal bacteria. This good bacteria dissolves and processes the food we eat so that the body can get the nutrients it needs. The good bacteria also protects us from contaminants and germs. Good bacteria need good nutrition, otherwise it does not work properly, that is when  the bad bacteria moves in.

WP_20140912_003[1]There are three products needed, Colon Cleanse, Paracleanse and MSM Plus (natural sulfur). Colon Cleanse is taken with a big glass of water 3 times a day, always at least 30 minutes before eating (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The other two products I take with another big glass of water 15 minutes before the eating. One thing to remember is to drink a lot of good plain water. I use my Nikken-water, pure and alkaline. During this cleanse, one should drink 3-4 litres of water daily, which makes about 10 glasses. The water keeps the stuff going down the intestines, scrubbing the intestinal wall, and reviving the villi.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me for more information using the form below. If you want to know more on the LifePlus products, ask me or click here to lifeplus.com.

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1 Response to Time to clean up the house, time to do the fall detox

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