6 Warning Signs Your Body Needs a Cleanse
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6 Warning Signs Your Body Needs a Cleanse
NOVEMBER 2, 2022

6 Signs Your Body Needs a Deep Cleanse

Winter is approaching, and you are already sinking into the festive vibes. It’s also that time of the year when your food cravings are rising, but there’s little to no motivation to engage in physical activities. So, what happens when you pull out all stops and decide to pamper (read spoil) yourself? How does your body respond when you fuel your indulgence with comfort foods day in and day out?

All of this can lead to physical and emotional heaviness – an inexplicable feeling of being stuck, accompanied by lethargy and a lack of motivation to leave your bed.

Is your body trying to tell you something? Is there a reason your body is behaving differently and performing inefficiently?

This post-winter sluggishness results from accumulated toxins in the system – deep down at the tissue level – which bogs you physically and slows down your mental faculties. You may even try to lift your spirits by indulging in comfort foods, but that will only start a vicious cycle and worsen the situation.

The good news is you can yank yourself out of this cycle with the help of an Ayurvedic cleanse. It is recommended to undergo a deep cleanse to let these toxins out of your body so you can get back to 100% – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

In the meantime, you can also try to minimize the intake of complex foods and allow your body time to repair itself and bounce back.

The body tells us it needs to detox and deep cleanse. Here are a few warning signs that your body is full of toxins and is calling for a cleanse.

Signs That Your Body Needs a Detox

1. You have gained weight and are unable to lose it

Abnormal weight gain is one of the telltale signs of toxins in the body. The accumulation of toxins slows metabolism, leading to weight gain. The body may expand fat cells and absorb the toxic load to deal with high toxicity and prevent toxins from affecting vital organs. After that, these fat cells are very difficult to eliminate. If you find that the fat stays on even with careful attention to your food quality and intake, this is a warning sign that your body needs deeper cleansing to trim and purify.

2. You feel generally tired or fatigued

In the morning, perhaps there’s no sense of excitement for the day; you drag yourself out of bed. By evening, you feel depleted. This is one of the early signs of toxic overload in the body. Even caffeine and other external stimulators fail to ‘cheer’ you up.

3. You don’t have a full night’s sleep

Somehow, your body’s clock has gone awry. You toss and turn in bed; your sleep is light and restless. Your mind churns as you lie awake in the wee hours. You wake up feeling stiff, sometimes with pains in your joints and muscles. Again, this is one of the signs you need a cleanse to remove toxins from the body.

4. You have minor but constant shifts towards imbalance

It could be sudden acne, rash, or a boil on the skin. Perhaps you keep sneezing out of the blue or a small dry cough. Your skin might be dry and appears to be newly wrinkled. Your hair is suddenly dull or thinning – increasingly. These are signs of toxin overload. Sometimes, signs of toxicity may overlap with the symptoms of a viral/bacterial infection or an underlying health condition. If your symptoms worsen by the day, consider getting a full health check-up to rule out any major concerns.

5. Your bowel movements aren’t regular

Sometimes constipated, bloated, and too loose. You feel you are always at risk of indigestion whatever you eat. These are some common symptoms of toxic overload, which reflect how your digestive system acts out. Increasing the fiber in your food and water intake is beneficial, but also keep in mind that the bowels need seasonal detox, especially after the rich foods of winter.

6. You don’t feel good emotionally

The fatigue, lethargy, and possible insomnia – all add up and affect your mental and emotional state. Do you find it difficult to focus at work? Do you feel ‘low’ even when there is no obvious reason? Easily depressed, perhaps anxious, nervous or insecure, or moody? Sometimes, a disturbed mental state may reflect toxic body symptoms. Cleansing could help you get back in the groove!

If any of the above symptoms describe your condition, your body is telling you it needs a full detox. Spring cleansing is most important in cold climates to prepare you for the year ahead.

Here are some home remedies and lifestyle interventions that can help detox and reclaim your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Home Remedies to Remove Toxins From the Body

Eat a simple yet balanced diet

A detox process ‌starts with a gut cleanse, and there are certain things you can do at home to get off on the right foot.

Limit your intake of fried food and intoxicating substances, such as alcohol and cigarettes, as these substances increase the level of free radicals in the system.

Have khichdi for at least two out of three meals in a day. Khichdi may not be as filling as wheat bread and eat more than you should. Therefore, having small portions throughout the day is recommended when you feel hungry.

Snacking Done Right

Snacking fills the gap between meals and helps you power through the day. But it is important to do it right. That said, avoid potato chips, chocolates, and other processed items. Instead, you can have fruits, raisins, lotus seeds, avocado, nuts, and steamed vegetables. Cleansing does not mean starving.

Increase Water Intake

Hydration is important when you are cleansing. Drink at least 4 liters of water daily. The warmer, the better. You can even infuse your water with digestive herbs- cumin, fennel, coriander or basil. Drinking a lot of water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to flush toxins from your body. However, avoid drinking water immediately before or after meals to prevent indigestion.

Triphala Tea

Triphala is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy to cleanse your GI tract and ensure regular bowel movements.

Add half tsp of Triphala powder into a cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 10 minutes, and then have it before bedtime.

Alternatively, you can take a Triphala tablet or Kerala Ayurveda Triphala sparkles with water to induce bowel movement in the morning.

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Avoid Staying Awake in the Wee Hours

According to Ayurveda, you should have your last meal before sunset and go to bed by 10 PM. When you sleep at 10 PM and wake up at 6 in the morning, your body will get sufficient, restful sleep, which is paramount during a cleanse.

Herbal Remedies

Kerala Ayurveda provides a wide range of herbal formulations that can help you detoxify and cleanse your system. Some highly recommended herbal remedies for an Ayurvedic wash are Triphala tablets, Triphala Sparkles, Dasamoolahareethaki, Hinguvachadi gulika, and Abhayarishta.

Before you take these herbal formulations, it is recommended to read the description carefully or consult with an Ayurveda practitioner to rule out the risk of interaction with your ongoing medicines.

Key Takeaways

  • Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity can lead to toxin build-up in your system.
  • If you generally feel lethargic, fall sick frequently, experience abnormal weight gain or loss, have irregular sleep patterns and bowel movements, or feel that you have fallen into the spiral of depression and anxiety, it’s your body calling out for a full detox.
  • If you don’t have the time or resources to undergo an Ayurvedic cleanse, you can detoxify your body with a few simple remedies and dietary interventions.
  • Eating khichdi or any other light diet, along with herbal beverages, prevents further toxin accumulation while you try to detoxify.
  • To facilitate detoxification, take some readily available herbal formulations at Kerala Ayurveda. These include Triphala tablets, Triphala sparkles, Dasamoolahareethaki, Hinguvachadi gulika, and Abhayarishta.
  • After a few days into your detox regime, you may feel more energetic and joyful with a glow on your face. You may also experience diarrhea, carvings, sweating, and irritability. However, you should not worry as these are some symptoms of toxins leaving the body.



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