A kitchadi cleanse is a gentle way to cleanse the body and mind of toxins. I suggest this type of cleanse because it is a moderate process with low mental and physical stress.
Kitchadi is easily digested and assimilated so it is excellent for strengthening the agni (digestive fire). After the cleanse, you can easily adjust to an improved daily diet.
The change of season can be a good time for a gentle cleanse as long as you are feeling generally strong and healthy. Other times to cleanse would be if you are having symptoms of accumulated toxins such as aching joints or frequent colds and flu. Anytime you feel compromised in your health, a day of kitchadi can be helpful to keep you nourished while you rejuvenate. The first step is to come to understand what is causing the accumulation of toxins and stop doing those things. Some of the primary causes of toxins in the body and mind are weak agni and the consumption of low quality food, substances, and environment. In my book, Freedom in Your Relationship With Food, and in posts on this blog, you can find information on how to minimize the accumulation of toxins. By our own attitude and behavior we can keep our digestive fire strong.
A positive, devotional attitude will provide the best results in a kitchadi cleanse. One day is helpful and 2-10 days can provide a greater opportunity to strengthen and rejuvenate.
Kitchadi is a simple soupy combination of rice, split mung beans, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Ingredients may be varied for cleansing, healing, and balancing with focus on specific organs, systems of the body, or constitution. The purpose of the spices is to assist digestion and not only for taste. A basic recipe is available in this blog and a variety of kitchadi recipes are available in my book, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food. For each constitution there are a number of additional cleansing and rejuvenation practices. I am available to assist you in finding your best approach through phone or in-person consultations.
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