This 5-Step Cleanse Will Reset Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

easy spring cleanse

While spring is the season of rejuvenation and growth, our bodies and minds can have a hard time shaking off the weight of winter. This can manifest as excess mucus in the body, sluggish digestion, mental fog, seasonal allergies, and colds. A seasonal cleanse can help us reset and find balance.

This cleanse is inspired by the tradition of Ayurveda. It is intended to last four days. In order for this cleanse to be most effective, our bodies need to feel like they can release and let go. So favor nourishing activities to support your body's ability to relax. If possible, land two of the days on a weekend so you can really rest and restore.

If you experience intense headaches, nausea, or any prolonged discomfort, take appropriate action to make yourself feel better. Sometimes those symptoms can reflect the work the cleanse is doing, but we are not looking to suffer in endless pain. Listen to your body, and consult your doctor with any questions or concerns.

1. Mono Diet of Light Foods That Are Easy to Digest

The main goal of the diet is to give your body a break from the heavy work of digestion and elimination while staying well-nourished. By keeping our food choices easy on the tummy while still nutrient-dense, our body is supported in doing the hard work of breaking down and eliminating old, sticky toxins deep in our tissues.

Traditionally, this cleanse asks us to eat kitchari three times a day, for four days. Kitchari is an Ayurvedic staple of spiced rice and legumes (mung beans or lentils), and it is rich in nutrients. It is meant to be cooked into a very soft and almost soupy consistency so that it is very easy to digest. To keep it interesting, you might add different steamed, seasonal vegetables each day.

  • Alternatives to kitchari: try oatmeal or stewed apples in the morning, and cooked grains, legumes, and steamed vegetables in the afternoon and evening. Avoid heavy spices, and cook everything very well (no raw foods) so your body doesn’t have to work to break it down. Opt for whole, organic, and unprocessed foods.

  • Sugar and caffeine are off the table for this cleanse. But being hangry and upset is also not what we’re going for. If you need to have a snack between meals, a banana is recommended.

  • Sip hot water throughout the day. It can be plain, you can add lemon or ginger, or make different herbal teas. The hot water will help to keep the digestive fire awake while promoting movement and lubrication in our tissues and circulation.

2. Morning Ghee

Ghee is an important part of this cleanse as it will penetrate deep into your tissues where fat cells and emotions get stuck. Each morning you will increase your ghee intake by two teaspoons. Start with two teaspoons on Day 1, and end with eight teaspoons on Day 4. And yes, you’re going to drink it. Feel free to warm it up in ½ cup of milk (or non-dairy substitute) and add a little cinnamon or ginger. If you want to make your own ghee, check out this easy recipe. Wait 30 minutes before eating.