Kanji Water – Ayurvedic Detox

According to Ayurveda, fasting is an effective way to kindle the digestive fire (Agni), eliminate  toxins (Ama) from the body and mind, and improve energy. It also makes the body light, improves mental clarity and preserves overall health. Ayurveda favors regular, short-term fasting over infrequent, long-term fasting. This could be fasting on the same day each week or setting 2-3 days aside each month. According to Ayurveda, abstaining from food or water for extended periods of time depletes bodily tissues, leading to doshic imbalance.

It is best to choose a fasting period in which you will be able to follow  a peaceful, non-stressful routine. Ayurveda recommends to fast on Kanji water. You can drink more than 2 liters a day. Kanji delivers instant nutrition to the body. It provides carbohydrates, giving the body energy, and helps build more strength in the body in general. It is an excellent source of energy whenever the body is dehydrated or depleted from an illness. Kanji balances VATA, because it is warm, it relaxes PITTA due to its liquid and watery texture, and it balances KAPHA because it produces perspiration which releases toxins through the skin. It balances all 3 Doshas and brings the digestive fire (Agni) into balance.

To make Kanji water:

14 cups water
1 cup brown rice
3 or more pinches of salt, ginger powder, ground cumin and tumeric

1. In a large pot, bring water and rice to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 hour until the rice becomes swollen and boken.
2. Stir and strain. Leaving in small pieces of rice.
3. Add pinches of salt, ginger powder, ground cumin and tumeric.
4. Pour into a thermos and drink 1-2 liters throughout the day.