An Ayurvedic cleanse can mean many things. It could mean the ultimate purification therapy in Ayurveda, Panchakarma. It could mean mono-diet fasting with kitchari or other forms of fasting. It could also include the daily cleansing practices of Dinacharya, the Ayurvedic daily routine. This post will focus on Ayurvedic fasting.
Ayurvedic Cleansing & Fasting
Fasting can stoke agni or the digestive fire. It can also help to rid the body/mind Ama or toxins. Ayurvedic fasting generally lasts short durations like 24-72 hours. You should always consult with your doctor before beginning any type of Ayurvedic cleansing or fasting program.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: fasting is not recommended for children or the elderly, as well as when you’re sick, pregnant, menstruating, or bleeding. Breaking a fast should include gradually reintroducing foods, starting with kitchari for breakfast, and then moving to cooked grains and vegetables.
Types of Ayurvedic Fasting
Please contact your doctor before starting any Ayurvedic fast. Fasting should only be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic professional.
• MONO-DIET FASTS: eat kitchari for 24-72 hours
• JUICE FASTS: consume only fruit and vegetable juices for 24-48 hours
• FRUIT FASTS: consume only fruit for 24-48 hours
• TEA & WATER FASTS: consume only tea or water for 24 hours; tea of warm water, a few pinches of ginger powder or slices of fresh ginger and dosha-appropriate sweetener
Ayurvedic Fasting & the Dosha
VATA DOSHA: with their light, airy nature, are most sensitive to fasting. Fasting should be done in moderation with mono-diet being the least aggravating.
PITTA DOSHA: with their fiery natures and tendency towards irritability when hungry, should refrain from fasting for longer fasts. Fasting should be done for short periods with mono-diet fasts and fruit & vegetable juice fasts being the least aggravating.
KAPHA DOSHA: with their earthy and watery nature can most benefit from fasting. Kapha dosha can generally practice all types of fasts.
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