Detox

Ayurveda recommends that in order to maintain optimal levels of vitality, clarity and youthfulness, it is important to internally purify the mind and body.

Detoxing or removing toxic build up from the body is beneficial in a number of ways. It creates balance in the body which helps it to function efficiency, it boosts the immune system, improves digestion, improves clarity of mind, reduces stress, regulates weight, increases energy, and creates beautiful glowing skin, but most importantly, it is removing the toxic material that causes us to get unwell, so is a great preventative health routine. 

Detox is a natural part of the body’s process. The body has its own mechanisms to get rid of waste, neutralize toxins and excrete them from the system via the eliminatory channels (skin, bowels, liver, kidneys and lungs) to ensure healthy tissues and that everything runs smoothly. Sometimes when we burden our body with poor food, high sugar, alcohol and late nights, these mechanisms slow down and don’t remove the toxins efficiently. 

We are now more than ever also exposed to toxins everywhere in our environment. From the additives and preservatives in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, to the lotions we put on our skin. Even the negative thoughts, emotional disturbances and stress we have all create free radicals and toxins in our body. All of these start to build up, disturb our mind, body and eventually create systemic toxicity which is the breeding ground for all disease. 

According to Ayurveda, good health is dependent on our capability to fully process and metabolise our nutritional, emotional and sensory information that we take in from the external world. This is dependent on our internal fire, known as Agni. When we have robust, strong Agni, we create healthy tissues, eliminate waste efficiently, and have sound sleep and a peaceful mind. These are the basic pillars of good health. If our Agni is weakened, our digestive system is compromised and the food we eat is turned into undigested food waste or ‘toxins’. This undigested food is called Ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a cold, thick, sticky, mucous type substance that accumulates in our digestive tract, sticks to the walls then dampens the digestive fire even further. Eventually this Ama creates more toxins and absorbs into our bloodstream. There it circulates throughout the body, eventually accumulating in the weaker areas and causing blockages, stagnation in our energy channels, tissues and organs.

The Ama starts to coat all of our cells which interrupts cellular communication, disturbs the immune function and blocks the flow of energy, nutrition and information. Ama is the basis for all disease and imbalance in the body.

Symptoms and signs of toxicity:

  • Recurrent headaches
  • Skin rashes/ irritation - eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis
  • Muscles aching, fibromyalgia
  • Nerve pain or numbness
  • Recurrent infections or cold and flus/ decreased immune function
  • Poor short term memory and concentration
  • Sensitivity to environmental chemicals,
  • Fatigue, malaise
  • Fear, worry, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, dull mind
  • IBS, constipation, sluggish digestion, bad breath

Detoxifying or purifying the body at Sukhavati is a way to create optimal health and vitality by gently and effectively clearing accumulated Ama, toxins, and deep rooted stress from the body.

Treatment will involve removing all toxic or aggravating foods from your diet and introducing a cleansing diet of Ayurvedic dishes such as wholesome, vegetarian Dahl, curries and fresh vegetables. You will receive daily Ayurvedic treatments that help liquefy and break up the accumulated Ama and toxins, while gently encouraging their removal through the digestive tract. Practicing twice daily Yoga helps to balance the energies of the body, while stimulating the lymphatic, circulatory and digestive system to facilitate the elimination of toxins. Meditation helps to calm and purify the nervous system to eliminate stress and worry to guide your body into a deep state of relaxation so healing can occur.  

For an effective, in-depth detox we recommend at least a 10 day to 5 week program.

Detox can be incorporated into any 10 Day Rejuvenation Program.