How to Detox safely to improve digestion and metabolism

How to Detox safely to improve digestion and metabolismHere are some Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary guidelines on how to detox safely.  I hope these help you on your journey to better health. According to Ayurveda proper digestion and absorption of food and water are essential to maintain good health, while improper elimination of toxins (ama) from the body can lead to various health problems.

Improper food combining, suppressing natural urges, insufficient water intake, a diet low in fiber, excessive meat consumption and lack of exercise amongst other reasons can lead to constipation and other digestive problems.

How to detox safely with Ayurveda 

Triphala (combination of three fruits – Amalaki, Bhibitaki and Haritaki) is probably the best Ayurvedic herbal compound for constipation. Triphala is a rejuvenative for the whole body. It balances all three Doshas.

Psyllium husk (sat isabgol in Sanskrit) can also be used with 1 cup of warm water before bedtime to help with constipation.

Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga exercise to help improve circulation to remove waste from tissues, for proper oxygen exchange, stimulation of internal organs and mental clarity. Specific Yoga poses that can help proper elimination: spinal twist, bow, bridge, locust, forward bend, peacock, camel, cow and boat pose.

Meditation to help calm the body and mind and relieve stress. Repressed or unresolved emotions can be a root cause of improper digestion, absorption and elimination.

Drinking 16-32oz of warm water upon wakening to flush the kidneys, promote hydration and toxin elimination in the cells and tissues to the gastro-intestinal system. Making sure to keep the body hydrated throughout the day with room temperature to warm water.

Sitting on the toilet upon wakening (ideally Squatting). To retrain the nervous and gastro-intestinal system for eliminating at the appropriate time.  Just as we “potty train” a child, we can retrain ourselves to have proper bowel moments. Squatting can be very helpful to facilitate the process of elimination.  Pressure from the thighs on the abdomen gently aids in evacuation.

Eat foods according to seasons and your Prakruti (constitution). Avoid cold, dry, hard, rough foods (e.g. salads and most beans). These are difficult to digest especially in cold weather.  Favor warm, moist and fiber rich diet (especially well cooked vegetables).  Eating an apple after a meal, ripe bananas and prunes can also help with elimination

Eat only when you are hungry.  Do not eat between meals.  Treat your digestion like a fire and don’t overburden it by overeating.  It is recommended that the stomach should be ½ full of food, ¼ full of warm water and ¼ empty to allow some space for proper digestion to take place.

Avoid inappropriate food combinations: no eating fruit or fruit juice at the same time as dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream. No melons with other foods.  Avoid fish and milk.

Avoid canned, frozen or preserved foods. Eat fresh and seasonal foods.

Avoid ice, cold foods and drinks.  Always eat cooked and warm foods since they are easier to digest. Cold foods, raw foods, ice and cold water can weaken the digestive fire.  A weak digestive fire leads to disease.

Herbal products take time to work since they are working with the natural rhythms of your body.  For more information on fitness, health and wellness please visit our website.

Detox recipe – Kitchadi 

Kitchadi is a mixture of rice and Mung dal (bean) with added spices for taste and to facilitate digest.  Ayurveda considers both Basmati rice and Mung dal Sattvic foods (foods that are light and easy to digest).

Kitchari is balancing for all three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).  It is a complete food where Mung bean provides the protein source, rice is the grain, vegetables for vitamins/minerals and spices for helping proper digestion of the food.

Mung beans and Turmeric also help detoxify the Liver and blood.  Since Liver is the main organ responsible for removing toxins, this recipe cleanses the body while improving health and vitality.


1 cup basmati rice,

½ cup split mung dal,

2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter),

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds,

1 teaspoon cumin seeds/powder,

1 pinches hing (asafotida),

½ teaspoon turmeric powder,

½ teaspoon salt, 4 cups water (add up to 6 cups for soupy consistency)

Wash the rice and mung dal well.  In a saucepan, heat the ghee and sauté the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, tumeric and hing for a few minutes.  Add the rice, 2-3 vegetables, mung dal and salt.  Sauté over low heat for a few minutes.  Add boiling water and bring to boil.  Stir and cover to simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Cook until tender and serve warm.

Herbal products take time to work since they are working with the natural rhythms of your body.  Hope you found this article on how to detox helpful.

Herbs and herbal formulas discussed in this post:

  1. Turmeric
  2. Psyllium husk
  3. Triphala

*This article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your physician, physical therapist or medical practitioner before starting any exercise program or trying any of the herbal products/recommendations mentioned in this video/article.  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • tanvi

    Very helpful!! Thanks.
    Two questions, does aloe vera juice intake participate in detoxification? Is detoxification the first step of weight loss?

    • Alove vera is good blood and liver cleanser. Also helps aid digestion. Detoxification and improving digestion are both important for weight loss.