Today's lifestyle and polluted environment are the cause of rapid accumulation of toxic substances in our body. This accumulation of toxic substances may cause various maladies and threat to general well-being.
The accumulated toxic substances can be removed or ejected from the body by various detoxification methods. When compared to various other detoxification methods, the Ayurvedic techniques of detoxifying or cleansing the body are preferred by many people worldwide.
Water in Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, the different sources of water have unique medicinal properties and effects. Water in Ayurveda represents Soma that's a form of moon energy. Soma or the Moon energy is considered to possess cooling and nourishing qualities.
These qualities help in promoting digestion and balancing the Doshas. The above-mentioned qualities of water make it an effective medicinal tool of powerful therapeutic value since Ayurveda is based on the concept of balancing the Tridoshas, which are Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Water not only nurtures, but it also lubricates, and while being ejected as urine, it detoxifies the body.
Benefits of water
The various benefits of water are as follows
- Shramnashana - It neutralizes the fatigue and rejuvenates the body
- It enhances and helps in digestion and prevents constipation.
- It has antioxidant properties and it's responsible for the supple and glowing skin.
- Water pacifies the Sadhaka Pitta, and thereby it's responsible for general well being of heart.
- Water by nature is cool, so it cools down the body.
Do you need a cleansing?
The need of cleansing can be identified by the following symptoms
- The thirst is not quenched even after drinking sufficient water.
- Lack of moisture in the body signified by cracked and dry skin
The above symptoms signify that the toxins or Ama is blocking the microchannel or Shrotas resulting in a shortage of water in cells, and you need detoxification to remove the toxin as well as to get your body to its healthy state.
The Ayurvedic cleansing using water
In Ayurveda, the cleansing can be done by using the Ushnodaka or the therapeutic water that's made by boiling the water for a specified duration. Herbs or spices can also be added to the boiled water to enhance or instill certain therapeutic properties. In Ayurveda, therapeutic water can be made to impart a specific benefit such as enhancing immunity or cleansing the skin.
The different types of therapeutic or infused water to balance out the Tridoshas are as follows
- To balance Vata - Two quarts of water is boiled for 5 minutes is taken in a thermos and the spices such as three mint leaves, half teaspoons of fennel seed and one-fourth teaspoon of marshmallow seed are added to the water. The resulting therapeutic water needs to be kept hot and sipped throughout the day.
- To balance Kapha - The therapeutic water can be made by boiling two quarts of water for 5 minutes. After boiling, the water can be placed in a thermos and spices such as three leaves of holy basil, two slices of ginger, half a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a quarter teaspoon of cumin seeds should be added to the water.
- To balance Pitta - The therapeutic water is made by boiling two quarts of water for 2 minutes. The spices such as one piece of clove, 2 rose buds and a quarter teaspoon of fennel seed are added to the boiled water. This mixture is taken throughout the day.
Water can be used in combination with various fruits and vegetables such as lemon, pineapple, coconut water, blueberry, ginger, cucumber, etc. to create a number of delicious detoxifying drinks. Such beverages not only help in detoxifying your body, but it also helps in curtailing the consumption of harmful liquids like soft drinks. Water based Ayurvedic drinks can be used as an alternative to various harmful beverages and to keep your body toxin-free and healthy.