Detox for Pitta: Ayurveda


Too much Pitta:
Fever, inflammation, indigestion, rashes, ulcers, body odor, acidity, breakouts….

The focus of your pitta detox is:
cleansing of the blood and liver

Helpful detox herbs for pitta:
Neem. Neem is powerful for eliminating toxins in the blood. It is anti-viral & anti-bacterial.
(Use neem oil and neem soap)

Amalaki. Amalaki keeps your colon clean. It’s great for detoxing and rich in antioxidants (supports the immune system)


Guidelines for Detox:
Wake up around 6 AM
Sleep by 10 P

In the morning massage your body with warm sunflower or coconut oil.
Follow your massage with a cool shower or bath with neroli, sandalwood, or eucalyptus oil.

Start your day with a glass of warm (not hot) water.

Avoid strenuous exercise.
Exercise in the cool morning or evening (not in the heat of the day)
A 20-30 min walk in the morning is great. Breathe deeply.
Exercise with softness and compassion.
Forward bends will cool you.
Moon salutations will balance you.
Spinal twists will massage your liver and spleen.

Wear blues and purples and whites.
Get plenty of rest.
Take breaks during the day. Meditate or sing.

Best days for detox juice fast are Tuesday & Sunday
Only fast for 3 consecutive meals

**Do not skimp on QUANTITY**
((You will get grumpy!!))

As soon as you lose energy and get hungry: eat rice
When rice is no longer enough (still hungry): eat kitchari

Eat only when hungry.
Settle yourself before and after you eat.
Pay attention to your food when you eat. (No distractions)
Always leave room after you eat to help with digestion (only eat 3/4 your stomach capacity)
**Do not overeat while detoxing.

Largest meal at lunch
Good to eat at about the same time everyday.
**Do not skip meals while detoxing.

The juice:
Drink pomegranate, carrot, and lime juices.
Add lemon and honey and pepper.

Dandelion tea will help your liver release bile (helps with digestion and detox)
Also drink plenty of cool water (not cold)

Stay hydrated.

Eat: ((you can add these to your juices, as well and then eat them whole (in soups or cooked NOT RAW) when you are ready for food, again))
Veggies: lots of romaine and celery, collards, kale, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
Fruits: melons, plums, peaches, cooked prunes, figs, apple, pears, pineapple, papaya
Grains: quinoa, barley, amaranth, rice

Spices to add to EVERYTHING:
Cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek

Hot, spicy, fermented, salty, oily, fried, caffeine, alcohol
Avoid heavy dairy (cheese, yogurt)
Raw foods, heavy desserts

Kitchari recipe for pitta
1/2 c mung dal (yellow not green)
1 c basmati rice
3 c water
3 T ghee
1 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut finely
1 t coconut
1 t fennel
1 t cilantro
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 t turmeric
And pick 2 veggies (1 c of each): green beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower

Wash rice and dal well (rinse, strain, rinse, strain)
Cook in water till only 1/2 the water is left
While cooking roast all of the spices in the ghee.
Once roasted, add the veggies.
Add to the rice and dal. Cook till ALL of the water is absorbed. ((Approximately 35-40 min)


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4 thoughts on “Detox for Pitta: Ayurveda

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    1. Aw, bummer!! I hate when that happens :(
      I always try to remember to save any comments before submitting them because that happens to me all the time.

      But thank you so much for your positive feedback :)

  2. thank you s much for this article.i really needed it. I am in the summer and My body has been craving for a detox since long ago. I have more time than before but the heat is reálly messing me up… by the way i would like to ask you a question: the fasting must consist on a breackfast of a juice and eating at lunch the kitchari? or should i fast all day with juices and eat the kitchari at night or when ever I feel hungry? Also should I combine the carrot, lime and pomegranate or eat separately in juices? Well i really wanted to thank you for this information and for making it public for everyone. Health and balance has been turn into an industry and doctors along with its super healthy anticandida and magic diets are making millions out of desperately people who drown themselves and get lost in a sea of confussion and of thousand of contradictory opinions in their way to health. i find that ayurveda sites are extremely helpful and that their aim far from being a commercial one, is helping people. oh and i really hope you can undertanad my comment (not a natve speaker)

    1. Hello, Sofia! Excellent questions.
      As a pitta, i would recommend eating the kitchari at lunch and dinner because it isnt good for pittas to go hungry. It can make you irritable. It is important to keep your belly full. It’s good to eat as much as you like at each meal so that you wont need to snack.
      I think combining the juices would be great (any combination you like) or drinking them individually.

      I agree that ayurveda is wonderful because it focuses on really balancing your body in a friendly way.

      So happy to hear from you!! :)

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