Often times after food or sometimes even before food, our stomachs feel heavy and bloated. This triggers a feeling of lethargy. And often we keep binging on food when not hungry. Hence we tend to ignore our body’s intelligence, which keeps giving us signals that it cannot process any more food. This could be because of undigested food sitting in the digestive tract. This undigested food leads to build up of toxins in the body. Triphala is a time tested Ayurvedic detox remedy handed down by our forefathers and has been around for centuries. Tri means three and Phala stands for fruit. As the name rightfully suggests, Triphala is a combination of three fruits got from three different trees. These trees are widely grown and found in India. They are the Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry), Haritaki and Bhibitaki. These fruits are dried, powdered and mixed in proportions handed down by our forefathers. Three of these fruits put together helps to balance all the three doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is a natural antioxidant, which contains 10 times more Vitamin C than orange juice. This rejuvenating herb helps to cool the body, has laxative properties and pacifies the Pitta dosha. Haritaki is also known for its strong laxative property and pacifies the Vata dosha along with expelling toxins from the body. It is believed to give you a long life. It also helps in weight loss. The last one Bhibitaki helps to pacify the Kapha dosha. Along with its laxative property, it helps to expel the excess mucous from the body. In addition to this Bhibitaki also helps to treat various lung and respiratory ailments.
Primarily Triphala is a laxative. It helps in detoxifying or cleansing the body. It also helps to improve digestion by breaking down food and improving absorption. It also nourishes the body tissues and hence an excellent rejuvenator. Absolutely everyone can benefit from Triphala. Triphala can be taken with a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. However, it is not recommended during pregnancy unless you experience constipation. But should be taken only after consulting a certified ayurvedic doctor.