Below is a list of some common signs your body needs a reset. If you experience any of these symptoms, an Ayurvedic Cleanse is wonderful way to naturally recalibrate by eliminating deep tissue dehydration and toxicity.
1. Your tongue has a coating or film upon waking, some irregular roughness in spots or you have chronic bad breath.
The tongue is a major sense organ and a reflection of your blood. A healthy tongue should be bubble gum pink, have a consistent texture without raised tissue patches or cracks. When you wake up, take a look at your tongue and notice the locations where you see inconsistency as it correlates to specific organs. Any discoloration is a sign of Ama, the abnormal or impaired process of digestion and metabolism that leads to build up of toxic by-products, which cannot be neutralized or eliminated by the body.
2. You experience an 'afternoon crash'; have sugar cravings that can't be satisfied; and/or have extra girth in the mid-section and waist that's larger than your hip width.
These are some early indicators that your body might be struggling to produce enough insulin or you might be insulin resistant, a pre-cursor to diabetes. Insulin is produced by the pancreas to help the muscles, fat & liver take up glucose from the blood. Some other warning signs include extreme thirst, frequent urination, dry mouth, rapid heart rate, and fatigue after eating.
The next cleanse begins September 11th. To participate, we must be working together for at least 3-4 weeks prior.
3. You consume caffeine regularly to provide an energy boost or maintain your energy level.
While caffeine from energy drinks, coffee, sodas and tea is prominent in the typical Western diet, they are diuretics that cause frequent urination. As the body releases water it is also flushing out vital nutrients and minerals needed to maintain normal organ functioning and blood pH. In addition, you are altering the biochemistry of the body to anticipate the 'hit' of caffeine. The caffeine increases cortisol production - the same hormone responsible for our flight or fight response. Overtime, too much cortisol will impact sleep, weight gain, and mood.
4. You have sluggish or overactive bowels.
We talk about poop a lot in Ayurveda because it gives us a very good indication of how the body processes and digests food. If you regularly experience loose or runny stools, or have a propensity for constipation, that's a sign your digestive system is in distress. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that can be managed naturally by understanding your body's relationship with the food you consume. Digestion doesn't have to be painful and can be managed with proper: hydration, food combining, use of pre-digestives, routine and food preparation.
5. Your feet hurt when getting out of bed in the morning; you experience hives, skin rashes, or acne; you swell easily and regularly; and/or you have love handles or a muffin top.
The above are all signs of lymphatic congestion. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste, cancerous cells and attacking pathogens that would otherwise disrupt the functioning of healthy cells and tissue. If the lymphatic system is sluggish and doesn't drain properly, we become immunocompromised. The Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT) and liver are our first and second line defense for immune response. When the body is taxed with too many toxins and the lymphatic system can't keep pace, we create an environment for dis-ease to set in.