November is the right month for spring detox

Are you feeling overweight, sluggish, clogged up, mentally confused at the end of Winter? These may be symptoms of accumulation of toxins, called Ama in Ayurveda.

Consider doing a simple Spring Cleanse. A cleanse is an easy way to buffer your health and protect your well-being for the coming months and beyond.

Spring is the season to do the best cleansing for our body. As when environment is changing our body is also ready to adopt the new change and remove unwanted toxins. Ayurveda has many herbs and various cleansing methods to suggest.

Ayurveda the ancient teaching suggests that to eliminate the toxins and achieve purification spring is the right season.
Healthy body does this naturally on its own as it’s natural process during this season our body undergoes lots of changes. If we support with right herbs and methods we can achieve better and fast results.

Many people do simple fasting, Juice cleanse or complete 7 days / 30 days/ 90 days herbal detox.

Some people undergo Panchakarma process (toxins are eliminated from the body with unique methods)
Once you have Supported the elimination of toxins from the body it increases energy and vitality. It definitely helps for healthy weight management and after detox your light body is motivated for exercises.

After detox you feel relaxed and calms the mind.
Your dosha balance happens and it helps you throughout the year to be healthy and well-being can be monitored closely.

What happens in spring?

Change is in the air, having its effects on the body and mind. There is also a freshness of energy as blossoms burst forth, and there is a sense of new birth. Spring is definitely a time of changes!

In ayurvedic terms, the Kapha dosha that has been accumulating over Winter – in the form of heaviness, stickiness and congestion in the lungs and head – now warms up and liquefies, and starts to flow as coughs, colds, hay fever and sinusitis.

Can we do anything to prevent these symptoms and enjoy the joys of Spring? Yes, indeed! Here we offer some simple tips to support you through Spring.

What should be our diet in spring?

This is the time when the digestive fire (agni) gets weaker, affecting our ability to digest easily. So we need to reduce the heavy Winter foods, and increase foods that are warm, light and dry.

Cut back on fatty foods and heavy proteins; preferring light cooked vegetables. Reduce heavy grains like wheat (in bread, pasta, chapattis), and try lighter grains like millet and quinoa.

Prefer tastes that are pungent (spicy), bitter and astringent. Pungent includes spices, onions and garlic. Bitter includes green veggies. Astringent includes light pulses like mung lentils.

Sip spicy herb teas rather than milky coffees and black teas. Cut down on dairy such as milk, cheese and curd, especially at night.


Try to have a brisk walk every morning, taking in the fresh Spring air and enjoying the trees in bloom. Vigorous morning walks boost your metabolism and keep it high through the day, helping with weight balance.

If you a unfit, start some gentle yoga stretches to get your energy going again, or you can attend a beginners yoga class. If you are reasonably fit, several daily rounds of Sun Salutes (Surya Namaskara) are great for opening the lungs, boosting Agni, and detoxifying the body.

Fast nasalBreath (Bhastrika) is an excellent practice to boost Agni and clear the lungs. Alternate Nostril Breath (Nadi Shodhana) is also useful for getting the lymph system moving and detoxifying. Kapalbhati Pranayama is also very good for cleansing.

For more profound results, you may need a comprehensive ayurvedic detox program tailored to your specific needs. Talk to Dr Priya about booking in for a consultation.


*”I feel extremely healthy and light. I have more positive energy now. I am really thankful to Dr. Priya for her lovely and wise suggestions and advice… A weight loss of 4kg on top of all this is a great bonus! A fantastic experience!!!”

(*Results may vary from case to case)

Enjoy the coming Spring!

Meet the Author

Dr Priya Punjabi

Dr. Priya Punjabi is a ranked Ayurvedic practitioner in New Zealand, having represented the nation on National TV and at the International Health Convention. Dr. Punjabi earned her Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree in 1989, at the prestigious University of Pune, under the Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya School.