When it comes to cleansing, I have tried just about everything under the sun…I’ve done the “Master Cleanse” where you take only lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper in water …I’ve tried countless boxed cleanses with herbal laxative formulas that left me running for the washroom…I’ve tried homeopathic formulas, cleansing teas and juice fasts. I’ve tried just about everything that was available in my local health food store, all in the pursuit of the perfect cleanse that would rid my body of toxins and leave me feeling rejuvenated, healthy and strong.
All these different cleanses worked to some degree, but what I found made the biggest difference was a meal plan full of nourishing fresh whole foods, and some sort of liver support to help me flush out toxins and support my primary detoxification centre. I started creating my own cleansing strategy where I would cut out the junk, eat healthy whole fruits and veggies, rest, do yoga and basically give my body a break…and then I went to India.
In India, I visited an Ayurvedic doctor who suggested I take an herbal formula called triphala for some minor stomach ailments I had been experiencing for the past few months. It turns out that triphala is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula that no household in India would go without. It has extremely high nutritional value in the form of high vitamin C content as well as linoleic acid and various other nutrients that prevent the depletion of the body’s reserves while cleansing.
Triphala is actually a formula made up of three fruits: Harada, Amla and Bihara. These three fruits relate to the three sections, or humors, of Ayurvedic medicine, thus it is a completely balanced energetic formula. Some of the benefits of triphala include purifying the blood, removing toxins from the liver, reducing high blood pressure and reducing cholesterol serum, improved circulation and digestion as well as regulation of elimination by gently cleansing and detoxifying the colon.
I recently used a triphala formula while cleansing and it has been incredible in comparison to some of the other herbal formulas I have tried. Not only did my digestion improve, but I felt far more clear and healthy with tremendous amounts of energy by the end of my cleanse. I’m now adding this formula to my regular spring and fall cleanses, and I even take it on the odd occasion where I’m just not feeling 100%. It’s become my “go-to” formula and I invite you to try this ancient ayurvedic remedy the next time you decide to detoxify and energize your system.
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Adrienne Kelly-Durys is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500Hr RYT and lover of feeling good in mind and body. She teaches Yoga and wellness classes at Balanced Life Yoga and specializes in detoxing and nourishment. Classes include Power Hour Yoga, Core Yoga and Strength Therapy, Power Hour +Bonus and Holistic Nutritional Consulting.