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How to Do an Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse

Updated: Nov 19, 2023


Detoxification is a process that eliminates toxins from your body. Ayurveda's most common technique is through a kitchari cleanse. It requires fasting on a mono-fast and a careful combination of rice, lentils, and spices.

Why do you need a detoxification?

Detoxification gives various benefits to the body. Studies and experts share that detox:

  • Helps the organs rest from stressful processes

  • Triggers the liver to eliminate toxins

  • Enhances removal of toxins through sweating, urination, and fecal movement

  • Promotes good circulation

  • Removes accumulated toxins from the colon

What is ama?

Ama has no exact translation in modern medicine. It is, however, associated with anything toxic. These toxins may come from air pollutants, heavy metals in your water, pharmaceutical medications, agricultural chemicals, trans fat, and low-quality cooking oils, processed meat, refined sugar. They can also be created by an improperly functioning digestive system, incompatible food combining, negative thought patterns and beliefs, excessive stress, painful situations that you haven't fully digested.

Ama hinders growth and development. It is a heavy and sticky substance that causes inflammation, infection, and blockage throughout your whole body. It may also cause a clouded mind and lethargy. You can reset your body by doing a cleanse or detox. It will aid your body in metabolizing the toxins so that the body can eliminate these toxins from your system.

Juice detox vs a kitchari mono-fast

Juice detox diets are now a trend and are said to keep you healthy and fit. Influencers like celebrities and famous vloggers promote juice diets with cucumbers, watermelon, and kale combinations without looking at the individual's needs with only one purpose in mind cleaning out the gut. These juices are a lot harder to digest and often a shock to your system. They don't contain the required nourishment that your body needs and are only providing ways to expel your body from excess toxins. You will eventually deprive your body of its nutrition, and you won't reach the result you are looking for.

Ayurveda tells us that there should always be a balance in the meal, based on each individual's needs, or it will be stressful to the system.

Moreover, if your Agni (digestive fire) is weak, which most people these days are struggling with, drinking sweet cold beverages weakens your Agni, which lowers your ability to digest food properly and which eventually will result in more ama.

Both juice detox and a kitchari mono-fast are cooling and energizing. But, you have to take note that while juice may help you shed some pounds, if you do it for a long time, you will deplete your body, mind, and spirit.

What is an Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse?

Kitchari is a well-known Sattvic (pure) dish that follows the Ayurveda principle in detoxification. It revolves around balancing the three doshas - vata, pitta, and kapha. For those who want to do a thorough cleansing of the body, mind, and soul, the Ayurveda Kitchari detox is your best choice. It supplies the proper nutrients while removing the toxins from your whole system.

Kitchari contains mung beans, basmati rice, oils, spices, and vegetables. Mung beans can eliminate toxins, particularly pesticides and insecticides we get from commercially grown vegetables and fruits. They are also one of the best natural protein sources. Basmati rice supplies the required carbohydrate and fiber the body needs, while being very easy to digest.

Choose organic vegetables. You may choose burdock root, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, or others. The secret is to choose whatever is available as Ayurveda relates to the natural transitioning of seasons.

If you are in for a digestive reset but aren't a fan of cold, bland juices, then the Kitchari cleanse is perfect for you. It will satisfy your taste buds with warm, inviting, spiced meals while providing you with a full stomach and cleansed body, mind, and spirit. Those who tried it craved sugar, less as their stomachs are warm and full.

Benefits of an ayurvedic detox

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Detoxification is necessary to include 1-4 times a year because of the high probability of exposure to chemicals and the creation of ama. An Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse is able to remove these chemicals en toxins from deeper tissues and your digestive system.

Here are what you may achieve if you do an Ayurvedic detox:

  • Resolved digestive issues like constipation, bloating, and reflux

  • Improved immune system

  • Decreased hypersensitivity reactions

  • Lowered stress and anxiety attacks

  • Reduces the chance of obesity formation

  • Smooth and pain free period

How do you know whether the detox is working

The Ayurveda detox aims to create a balance in your three doshas and a clean body and mind. It is a sign of toxins leaving your body when you experience discomforts at the beginning of the cleanse.

An effective detox will give you:

  • A light feeling in your digestive system, a clear mind, and a rejuvenated spirit

  • Regular and easy bowel movements

  • More energy and stable energy levels


Ayurveda teaches us that it is the food that we consume and our daily experiences that form ama in our body and mind. Ayurveda's detoxification method, mainly the Kitchari cleanse, involves a holistic approach to promote physical health, a clearer mind, and an energized spirit. It also directs the body towards balance and harmony among.

Remember, while every person has unique requirements, each individual should choose a detox pattern that allows a non-stressful process to allow healing and recovery. Because if you are looking for a quick, temporary fix, you will miss out on a much more significant meaning of a balanced life and the benefits that it will bring you.

If you want to know the best way, combination, and schedule to do a kitchari detox, leave us a comment below or send us a message. We will be glad to help.

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