In Ayurveda, we know that at the seasonal change we will need to make some real adjustments. Not only do we need to readjust ourselves to the new temperature, we need to detoxify our body from the accumulation of the season before. Why? When we accumulate the elements of the environment we can be imbalanced as nature changes. Ayurveda says, “As outside, so inside”. So, when it is cold, hard, dry and light (as in winter) we need to take opposite action so our physical functions can be counter balanced; so warm soups, hot cocoa, root veggies—all foods that help us stay in balance. When we get to spring, the outside changes. We have lush, dense, heavy and stable forces at play in nature. So we need to adjust our foods and spices to counter balance.
When we do not counter balance, seasonal qualities are building and then we have trouble with digestion. When our digestion is imbalanced we often see the accumulation of undigested toxins in our system. Ayurveda notes that these undigested food toxins, that are not evacuated as waste, are the root of our symptoms that can cause us to feel those seasonal change symptoms. We call this undigested waste “ama”.
So poor digestive fire (agni) + build up of elements will create = ama 🙁
Here is the good news, you can get rid of ama! It takes only a little attention and effort. Starting a cleanse to detox the ama during this seasonal change is a great start!
Here are a few other tips on how to get yourself ama-free:
1. Sip hot water all day long for 3 to 5 days. Yep, no extra fancy stuff, just good ol’water.
2. Take Triphala two times daily. I find it best to take it in the morning and in the evening*
3. Watch your food intake and make a few simple changes: try to eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day, eat warm, moist foods, and try eating three meals a day.
Here is to a cleaner, lighter, more energetic ama-free you!
* Triphala is the name of an ayurvedic adaptagen for the colon. Tri= three and phala= fruits, so this is a compound of three fruits. Each helps rejuvenate one of the doshas and together they help to regulate your colon to support proper waste management! You can take as a capsule or tablet, about 500 mg am and pm to start. Or you can put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the herbs in a 6oz glass of water and let it stand, covered, overnight. In the morning simply drink the water and leave the herb, then repeat and drink the infused water at night before bed. Then empty the old herb and put in more to start the process all over again.