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Author: Dr. Ellen Albertson

Cleansing of the body, such as basic cleaning (water with lemon, maple syrup and Cayenne pepper) and a 10-day cleansing with green smoothies, despite its immense popularity, is often not feasible on a regular basis. They often suggest as a way to lose weight quickly, lighten the skin, reboot the body, etc., etc., and many cling to this detox, hoping for wonderful results.

These chic new cleaning promise you awesome conversion, but in this radical approach has its drawbacks. As a rule, cleansing the food contains very little calories, so it often pushes the body into starvation mode, which leads to loss of lean muscle mass and a slower metabolism. In addition, many cleaning deprived of essential nutrients and it is difficult for them to sit because they are not enough calories. Lack of calories can reduce blood sugar levels that can cause fatigue, weakness, headaches, hunger and irritability.

There is an old, wise way to detoxify and reboot the body. It’s called cleansing Khichdi. Khichdi is a nutritious detoxifying dish prepared with split yellow Mary and white rice (long grain or basmati). This Indian food is often served with seasonal vegetables and prepared with healing, warming spices like turmeric and ginger, which facilitate digestion. Khichdi is a traditional cleansing food is used in Ayurvedic medicine (one of the world’s oldest system of holistic healing, which is based on the idea that health and Wellness depend on the balance between body, mind and spirit).

Fit and use

Unlike traditional cleaning systems, which usually contain little protein, the combination of beans and rice Khichdi makes a complete protein dish. Khichdi also contains sufficient carbohydrates and calories to maintain blood sugar levels and provide energy and satiety.

Effective for all

Khichdi give the children as a first solid food, but is also considered a preferred food for elderly and sick people. Khichdi is well tolerated and easy to digest. Khichdi is well absorbed due to the white rice, peeled from the husk, and mash provide an adequate amount of fiber (one Cup is about 15 grams), which helps remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. With such good absorption long-term use of Khichdi allows the digestive system to rest and release energy for the natural detoxification. Khichdi also provides balance and carries its own benefits for all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) — Ayurveda types of body and soul or constitutions, reflecting the combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics common to all people.

Foods for natural detoxification

Mash the Khichdi has astringent properties. It is believed that this quality contributes to the natural elimination of toxins. Many symptoms and diseases can be a result of the accumulation of too many toxins – substances contained in water, air and food, especially in processed foods that are irritating or harmful effect on the body. Over time, the accumulated toxins can make you lethargic; causing inflammation, headaches, or digestive problems; and even increase the risk of obesity, arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

Training is fast

Preparing Khichdi is quick, easy and simple. Just wash and mash the rice, put in a pan with the dry roasted spices, add water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes until all are soft. The main ingredients are mung bean and rice – also inexpensive, but if you have no time to cook Khichdi every day, it can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days. You can add spices (ginger, turmeric, fennel, fenugreek, coriander, cloves and asafoetida) to stimulate Agni – the Ayurvedic term for digestive fire or the spark that breaks down food.

How to make a Shoe with Khichdi

The first step is to decide how many days need to continue cleaning. Traditional cleaning Khichdi is held for three or four days, when Breakfast, lunch and dinner only eat Khichdi without any snacking.

To prepare the body before cleansing reduce foods and drinks that typically cause a physical imbalance: sugar, meat, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine.

If possible, clean during the long weekend, to be able to relax and support the detoxification process. Don’t worry if you have pain and mood swings. This is the norm and a sign of walking in the body detoxification.

Pity myself. To help the body cope with the detoxification, during the day, drink lukewarm water and herbal teas. You can support the body, taking additional herbal supplements. Engage in light physical training such as yoga, qigong or tai Chi, or walk in the fresh air. Take a warm bath with Epsom salts, listen to soothing music. It also promotes relaxation and detoxification. If possible, have dinner early and sleep well.

After cleansing, you may notice a decrease in cravings for sugar, animal products, caffeine and processed foods. Review your old dietary habits, you may want to eat more fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods and avoid products that violate the balance in the body.

Recipe Khichdi


  • 1 Cup yellow Mary
  • Half a Cup of long grain rice or basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Gender teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Gender teaspoons of fennel seeds
  • Gender teaspoons of fenugreek seeds
  • Gender teaspoons ground coriander
  • Pinch asafetida (optional)
  • Gender teaspoons salt
  • 7-10 glasses of water
  • 1 small bunch cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Rinse the rice and mash.
  • Put spices in a large pan on a medium heat. Fry the spices for 1-2 minutes until they begin to feel their scent.
  • Add the rice, mung beans, salt and water. (The water amount can be changed depending on desired density Khichdi). Bring to a boil. Stir the ingredients and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer until mung and rice are soft (about 30-40 minutes). Add salt to taste. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with cilantro.
  • This article was written by Ellen Albertson, (PhD, RDN, CD, CPHWC). Ellen is a psychologist, registered dietician, certified professional trainer on health and well-being, a Reiki master and an attentive teacher. As the expert on the affluent lifestyle, Ellen has appeared on Extra, Food Network and NBC World News and was quoted in “Psychology today”, “Good to eat”, “Reader’s digest” and USA Today. Author of 4 books, she also wrote for SELF, “Better homes and gardens” and “Good housekeeping”. She brings his 25 years of experience in consulting and training in the practice of teaching, publications and healing. You can contact her at DrEllenAlbertson.com.


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