Biologically, nature supports cleansing of the body in spring. In winter the digestive fire is high,
and people eat more sweet and heavy food. Most of the time they aren’t able to assimilate these hard – to – digest foods, so Ama (the sticky, toxic product of indigestion) starts accumulating.
Detoxification or spring cleansing as it may be called is a process of removing and eliminating toxins, followed by feeding your body with healthy nutrients. Detoxifying can help protect you
from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
- Kapha is especially aggravated by sleeping after 7am so rising early in the morning is very important at this time of year. It helps to reduce excess kapha in your body.
- Take a cup of hot ginger and lemon water to stimulate your digestion and cut through any Ama (digestive impurities) that has accumulated overnight.
- Sip of hot or warm water throughout the day to help melt the Ama that has accumulated from winter season.
- Avoid eating heavy, cold, hard-to-digest foods, and reduce the sweet, sour, and salty tastes, in your diet. This will help your digestive system to be more efficient in burning away the accumulated Ama.
- Sweet juicy fruits can help cleanse the body, although they should be eaten before sunset, as they have a Kapha-increasing effect after the sun goes down.
- Add spices to your food–such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, and fennel–to help stimulate the digestion and detoxify the skin