The Body’s Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer


The Body's Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer, Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life NewsOne of Ayurveda’s important teachings is that our body should be properly prepared for whatever season is around the corner.

Each season brings with it special challenges for the body (i.e. fat accumulates in the cold winter months, heat accumulates in the hot summer months) and if we take care to cleanse it and feed it the proper foods, we will be rewarded with better health.

Here in the Northeastern US where I live, summer (or Pitta Season, in Ayurveda) is just around the corner. Or at least, we think it is. It’s been cold and blustery lately, and we can count on one hand how many sunny days we’ve had this May.

But assuming that hot weather is imminent, we still have a short window of opportunity to clear out accumulated fat and mucus which tends to build up during the winter months.

If you’ve noticed a lot of congestion in your sinuses, lungs, or elsewhere, this is typical in Kapha Season. Whether we help it along or not, the body is trying to discharge excess mucus that it doesn’t need. Mucus is actually an important protective substance in the body, but in excess it becomes problematic.

Spring is the best season for detoxing, according to Ayurveda.

Lightening up our diet – eating more fruits and vegetables than meats and heavy grains – will take the strain off of the body and let it do its job.

If you’re unsure of what foods are best eaten during a season, just look at your local farmer’s market. Where I live, bitter greens, sprouts, and radishes abound – all foods that are extremely cleansing for the liver.

Our workhorse, the liver, becomes burdened after a winter of heavier eating. And because the heat of the summer can be very taxing on the liver, we can help it along by lightening its load during the spring, especially through the use of bitter foods.

If we don’t take this necessary step before the summer heat, our body can be overtaxed and have a more difficult time regulating temperature and remaining healthy.

Typically, a more rigorous approach is used to cleanse/detox at this time, but here are a few simple, easy things you can do to lighten the load of your beautiful body and prepare it for hot weather.

  • Eat light. Indulging in heavy meals is a stress to the body right now
  • Sip hot lemon and/or ginger water throughout the day
  • Eat your greens! Bitter greens, especially, are a gift to your body right now. They’re light and cleansing
  • Do a mini-fast each evening by finishing a light supper around 6:00 (7:00 at the latest) and breaking your fast (breakfast!) the next morning
  • Avoid cold drinks. They put out the digestive fire which can tend to be sluggish in the spring
  • Chew a little piece of ginger before meals if digestion is sluggish (you can add a bit of raw honey or sea salt)
  • Add spices like turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and cumin to your food. They are excellent choices during Kapha Season, especially for individuals with a Kapha constitution (What's your constitution?)
  • Use Triphala, a gentle Ayurvedic formula that greatly helps the detoxification process
  • Rising with the sun and exercising before breakfast will help to move accumulated Kapha from the body

Just these easy tips can help your body transition effortlessly into the hot summer months. Give them a try!

Much love,

Additional Resources

An Introduction to Ayurvedic Cleansing
Balancing Kapha

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

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