5 Tips To Get The Best Out Of Your Fall Cleanse
Fall is a special time of the year. It is a symbol of transition in our environment. Trees are turning into beautiful shades of red and orange, the weather is getting cooler and people are starting to think about the upcoming months and the holiday season. Everything is in transition and so are we! It is then a great time to help our bodies through the seasonal change.
During the fall season, the weather is much milder than both summer and winter and that makes it ideal for a cleanse. In Ayurveda, it is preferable to avoid cleanses during harsher weathers because this may weaken the body and can create illness or disorder.
Fall also comes after a season filled with social activities and longer nights. Another good reason to do a cleanse during fall is to help reset your system, flush out the build up of toxins that may have accumulated during summer and basically give your body some rest.
A cleanse helps us get energized, healthy and ready to take on the busy season ahead. There are a variety of cleansing plans than can help our bodies detox but can result in us feeling tired and drained. With any program you decide to follow, we suggest you follow these easy tips to help you get the best out of your cleanse.
1- Go on a mono-food cleanse
The mono-food cleanse is based on simple, easy-to-digest ingredients that are well-cooked and well-spiced with turmeric, ginger, fennel or cumin without mixing or eating with other foods. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend the kitchari cleanse because it promotes the healing of your digestive system. It is a simple soup dish that is made primarily of rice, beans, seasonal vegetables and spices. It is warm, nourishing and doesn’t make you feel deprived.
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2- Incorporate oils in your diet
Oils are to be added to your dishes as they help keep the body warm and decrease the level of dryness. The recommended oils for that are sesame and almond oil but you can also add butter based ghee.
3- Drink warm water and herbal tea
Warm water aids your body during cleansing since it is extremely powerful at flushing toxins from your system. Another very effective flush drink is to sip fresh ginger or turmeric tea during the day.
Avoid drinking cold beverages during the cleanse to maintain your natural body’s temperature as well as cutting down on all sources of simple sugar from your diet.
4- Sweat it out!
To help your system detoxify on a deeper level, sweating is a great addition to your cleanse. The best ways to do so is to take a ginger bath or simply go to a sauna or steam room for a couple of days before the start of the cleanse, during and for a week after.
5- Practice mindful meditation
It is very much true that a cleanse can cause some feelings of deprivation, frustration or even stress. To help you with this, a good practice is to meditate each day to make yourself feel centred and grounded. Allocate at least 20 minutes on a daily basis away from noise and distractions to practice mindful meditation. If that proves to be hard, you can always download meditation music to help you block out the everyday sound and focus on your breathing.
With these tips and recommendations, your fall cleanse will give your body the best rest it needs preparing for the change of season, helping you to get ready on a physical, emotional and spiritual level for the months ahead. Make sure to always select local, organic and seasonal ingredients to ensure your body gets the best nutrition without the chemicals and pesticides.