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Spring Cleaning:

Detox Your Body and Mind This Kapha Season BY KIERA NACHMAN

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t is important to regularly detoxify your body throughout the year, and Ayurveda – India’s 7,000-year old health system - traditionally recommends cleansing at natural transition points like the change of seasons. Springtime is the most important time of the year to do this. Spring is

nature’s season of cleansing, detox, and rejuvenation. In Ayurveda, the human body is a microcosm of nature - and when you look around at your environment during springtime, you will notice that the earth is rejuvenating itself - and so is the body. We know that the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – correspond to our minds and bodies. But did you know that they also correspond to the seasons?

Throughout the year, especially in the winter, toxic buildup accumulates from poorly digested food and exposure to toxins in our food, water, and environment. Pitta season occurs during the hot, humid summer months. This makes sense, as Pitta essentially represents the fire element. Vata season begins as soon as you feel that first fall breeze, and Vata (represented by the air element) domi-

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