A Gentle Winter Detox

A Gentle Winter Detox

Now that 2016 is well underway, it’s a great time to consider a gentle winter detox. Winter is often a time of extra stress, overindulgence, and grief. It’s normal during these early months of the year to feel more sluggish and weighed down than usual. A great way to holistically clear our bodies and make room for the energy and vitality we crave is to hit the reset button and give our system a reboot.

The foundation for self-care is paying attention to what you put in your body. Since what we eat shapes the way we move, think, and feel, bringing a mindful curiosity to what you feed yourself is one of the most beneficial practices to develop. The winter season is all about setting intentions, slowing down, and spending time considering how you want to live in the coming months. Winter is very fertile ground for setting into motion any plans you have for taking better care of yourself this year.

A Gentle Winter Detox by Ashley Neese

An easy way to jumpstart your intentions is to take part in a gentle detox. This will help you clear any emotional or physical cobwebs and bring your system into alignment. My two favorite ways to detox this time of year are with Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox tea and a mono diet of healing kitchari.

Given the cooler temperatures in winter, it’s important to enjoy teas and meals that are warming to the body. It’s also key on a gentle detox to include herbs and foods that support the liver and are easy on the digestion. The idea with any detox is to give your body a chance to rest and repair. We spend so much time working and running around that we often forget one of the most important aspects of living well is to give our bodies a break from the everyday hustle and bustle.

A Gentle Winter Detox by Ashley Neese

EveryDay Detox Tea

During my gentle winter detox I am enjoying this tea three times per day, morning, afternoon and evening. EveryDay Detox tea encourages healthy liver function and has a very unique flavor from the Schisandra berries.*

Chicory root: The Traditional Medicinals herbalists blended dandelion and chicory roots—bitter and earthy and used to stimulate your liver’s natural detoxification processes.

Dandelion root: A potent herb that support the body’s natural detoxification processes in the digestive tract and liver.*

Schisandra berries: Wild-harvested in both China and Russia, the schisandra berry is calledwu wei zi, or “five flavor fruit,” the only fruit to boast all five tastes according to TCM theory—bitter, pungent, salty, sour, and sweet. Each taste corresponds to a different natural element, organ system and therapeutic action. In traditional terms, this superfruit is said to replenish the body’s vital energy (also known as ch’i or qi), and modern research supports its liver protective and adaptogen effects.

A Gentle Winter Detox by Ashley Neese

Winter Kitchari

Kitchari is the main cleansing meal in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a combination of split mung beans and basmati rice. Traditional kitchari is made from white basmati rice because it is easier to digest. This healing one pot meal gives taxed digestion a break.

Get the full kitchari recipe and suggestions for how to enjoy it here.


Gentle Winter Detox

The beauty of a gentle winter detox is that this is the season of hibernation and going within. Giving yourself a weekend to rest and enjoy the benefits of the detox tea and kitchari will make a huge difference in the weeks and months ahead. Remember, that however you decide to participate it’s important to take it slow, set a realistic plan for yourself and honor yourself for showing up and taking care of yourself. We’re accustomed to living in an extreme culture, especially around cleanses and detoxes. Give yourself permission to be gentle with yourself during your winter detox and your body will thank you.

If you have any questions please post them in the comments and let me know how your detoxes go. I look forward to hearing from you!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This post was sponsored by Traditional Medicinals.


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