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Detox Diet: Ayurveda and Hearbal Remedies

Aug 17, 2007
The ancient discipline of Ayurveda has magical remedies to offer for a number of ailments. The healing techniques of this ancient science are based mainly on the therapeutic prowess of the herbs and plants.

The science of Ayurveda strongly believes in the philosophy that 'prevention is better than cure' and as such emphasizes on the importance of eliminating all the causes of ailments in stead of treating their symptoms. Thus detoxification of the body has great significance in the researches and studies of this age old medicinal practice.

The detoxification according to the Ayurvedic procedure involves a three step diet program.
The first step is like a preparatory phase when you have to gradually give up the cravings for fast foods and all other wrong foods, reduce the intake of salt and sugar, stay away from processed and left over foods and so on.

The second step involves the gradual increase in the intake of light foods and reduction in the level of heavy food intake. In Ayurveda, the fruits, vegetables and herbs are regarded as the light foods and recognized for their cleansing prowess. The carbohydrates, proteins and fats on the other hand are considered heavy, and nourishing.

Ayurveda also tends to distinguish between 'good' carbs and 'bad' carbs. While sugar and refined flour are regarded as very bad and requires to be completely avoided, the whole grains like wheat, oats, and rice are regarded as the good carbs that can be dropped from the diet for one week, but have to be incorporated once again after that period.

The last step of ayurvedic detox program calls for the complete elimination of animal based foods from the diet. These animal products include pork, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs as well as dairy products. In Ayurveda these are regarded as highly nourishing food and that is why hindrance to the detox.
But you can not deprive the body of the supply of protein. To provide energy to the body, Ayurveda prescribes the consumption of plant-based protein in small quantities during the cleanse. A typical Ayrveda detox recipe is simple combination of boiled whole grain and beans. In ayurvedic detox diet, the beans need to be smaller in size.

The ayurvedic detox recipes typical include the herbs and spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds and fresh ginger. Fats and oils are also used, but in very small quantities in order to ensure the supply of essential fatty acids.

In addition to plenty of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, the lemons are regarded as a wonderful detoxifier of the body. A common Ayurvedic detox recipe includes the juice of an organic lemon mixed with full glass of water with a pinch of honey added to it.

The herbs and spices used in ayurvedic detox are categorized according to their heating and cooling impact. While the spices like black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cumin have heating effects, the herbs like dandelion, burdock, aloe, and turmeric are considered good for removing excess heat from the body.

To get best result from ayurvedic detox program, back it up with deep breathing, massage and mild aerobic exercises.
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