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Simple ways to detox in Ayurveda

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Detox in ayurveda

Our bodies accumulate toxins over time, from indigestion, over eating, eating junk food, snacking and even unprocessed emotions. AMA (toxins) enters the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body, clogging the channels.

The retention of toxins in the blood leads to toxemia. This accumulated toxicity, once well established, will slowly affect prana (life energy), ojas (immunity) and tejas (cellular metabolic energy), resulting in pain, inflammation, allergies and disease....

According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of ama is the internal cause of all diseases.

Regular detoxification is recommended to maintain good health (often for special occasions such as marriage, preconception or during changing seasons).

Origin of toxins

  • Undigested and unassimilated food due to weak digestive fire

  • Accumulation of waste (urine, stool, perspiration)

  • Aggravated doshas

  • Unresolved and repressed emotions, stress, negative emotions, mental fatigue that produce mental toxins

Signs of accumulated ama

  • Fatigue

  • Constipation

  • Insomnia

  • Heavily coated tongue

  • Mental confusion

  • Lack of taste

  • Low appetite

  • Pain & aches in the body

  • Puffy eyes

How to detox in Ayurveda ?

The main rule is to give the digestive system a break so that our body's energy can be focused on cleansing and healing. This goes by rekindling our digestive fire and eating light and easy to digest foods.

Follow these simple guidelines at least for 3 days and focus on yourself (avoid strenuous work or excercise during those days).

  • Warm water when you wake up

  • Breakfast (oatmeal) only if hungry

  • Eat easy to digest foods like rice, mung dal, khichari, steamed green veggies, vegetable soup

  • Eat a tiny amount of fresh ginger, lemon & a pinch of salt before your meal

  • Ginger lemon tea throughout the day

  • Avoid alcohol, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, coffee, tea, processed and junk foods

  • Avoid snacking during the day and eating after 6/7pm

  • Eat only if hungry


  • In the morning, scrape your tongue with a tongue cleaner

  • If you are congested, practice Neti to cleanse the nose

  • 2 drops of Anu Nasya oil in each nostril

  • Self massage for about 15-20mins with steam before bath

  • Slow & gentle yoga followed by meditation

  • Oil pulling (swish 1 tbsp of sesame oil in your mouth for 10 mins and spit it out)

  • Sleep before 10pm

Read the morning routine process here on how to practice the above rituals.

Do you want a personalised detox plan?

Book a 1:1 consultation to get a personalised plan

Your ayurvedic consultation begins with an in-depth evaluation of past and present health concerns through a questionnaire that involves your daily routine, your diet, your emotional status, your exercise routine and more.

We will discuss about aspects of your life that are impacting your health and happiness to try to identify the root cause of your imbalance.

Based on this, a personalised therapy plan will include nutritional guidance, herbal support, daily routine, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga exercises that can get you back on the path to health and healing.

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