In Ayurveda, spring is the best time of year for cleansing. Spring season, or Kapha season, roughly runs from late February through May, when winter begins to melt and exposes the muddy and moist soil about to sprout a new cycle. This transitional time has our bodies more receptive to change, making it an ideal time to cleanse and incorporate more change.
Furthermore, because the spring carries kapha energy, it is more common for ama and toxic buildup to accumulate during this time of year. Sluggishness, mental fog, allergies, excess mucus, and water retention are common and can cause kapha imbalances.
An Ayurvedic spring cleanse may be appropriate to keep your system clean and prevent any of these imbalances.
How to Cleanse
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse consists of three main phases: preparation, active cleanse, and rejuvenation. If you were to complete a 7-day Ayurvedic Cleanse in spring, you could take two days for the preparation phase, three days for the active cleansing, and at least two days for the rejuvenation. (However, another week or two of rejuvenation would be ideal.)
Check out our Ayurvedic Cleansing Guide for more information about how to cleanse.
Tips to Optimize Your Spring Cleanse
If you’re cleansing in the springtime, it’s important to be aware of the prevailing Vata and Kapha doshas. As Vata season ends and Kapha season begins, you’ll want to follow a Kapha-balancing diet and lifestyle.
Incorporate the following tips into your daily routine during the heart of your cleanse.
- Wake before the sunrise and drink a glass of warm or hot lemon water with a pinch of Bamboo Salts to stimulate your organs and bowels
- Follow a kapha diet by seeking warm, dry, light, rough and fiery foods and incorporating more astringent, bitter and pungent tastes (while minimizing sweet, sour and salty foods).
- Eat seasonal produce and kapha foods
- Go for a walk or do yoga
- Perform dry bushing to move stagnant lymph and remove toxic buildup in the body
- Take a dietary supplement (such as Digestion) for better food assimilation, metabolism, and detoxification
- Do some spring cleaning of your physical spaces