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Kitchari Cleanse - Joyful Belly Complete Kit
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Contains the recipe and everything you need for a healthy 7 day cleanse. Begin healing and rejuvenating your digestive system and deep organs. Begin fresh!

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Kitchari Cleanse - Joyful Belly Complete Kit
Kitchari is Ayurveda's perfect food, indicated in times of recovery as well as plain old digestive discomfort. Kitchari can even be the centerpiece of a mono-diet or fast, as it is a simple food that supplements the healing process. As with Chinese congees and Grandma's chicken soups, there are as many ways to make kitchari as there are reasons to consume it. Typical modifications include vegetables such as carrots, greens, zucchini, or potatoes. Spices like cumin, cinnamon, or black pepper can be included, as well as even toasted nuts or coconut. Technically, a kitchari is any dish combining rice and legumes. Typically, however, kitcharies use mung beans because they are the easiest legume to digest. This kitchari is especially suited to Vata dosha.

Ayurveda's signature healing dish is a simple yet dynamic bean and rice mixture called kitchari. Kitchari is a cleansing yet heart warming synergy of mung beans, basmati rice, and digestive spices. It is a complete protein, rich in fiber, cleansing to the digestive tract, and will act to bulk up stool for easier elimination. Those who avoid beans because of digestive difficulties need not avoid kitchari. Mung beans are among the easiest to digest legumes. They are antacid, helping to soothe fiery digestive conditions, and won't promote gas and bloating.

Why do spices work?

Spices are the difference between a tasty meal and a bland one, and also the difference between healthy and poor digestion. A well-spiced dish digests better than a bland one. Just as spices stimulate the tongue, spices also stimulate the stomach. The tongue is a mirror of the digestive tract. Asafoetida, also called hing, is a sharp and heating spice that stimulates the tongue. As with all spices, hing not only makes food more interesting - it also has many health promoting qualities. Hing assists digestion, soothes spasms, and prevents gas. The spice's pungency stimulates the body to increase blood flow and gastric juices to the intestines. The extra juice and enhanced blood flow improves your digestion in the process. Reach for spices with enthusiasm, but remember: Too much spice is harsh and can leave a burning feeling the intestines. Be aware of your body's reaction to spices. Those with ulcers or inflammation will not benefit from an ingredient with the spicy strength of hing, but it is helpful for those with sluggish digestion.

The Joyful Belly Kitchari kit contains:

7 day supply Organic Basmati Rice (2.00 lbs)

7 day supply Organic Mung Dal (1.5 lbs)

1 bag supply Kitchari Spice Mix (2 oz)

1 7.5 oz jar Organic Ghee

Kitchari Kit Contents:

Organic Yellow Mung Dal and Organic Rice: When cooked together these two Ayurvedic staples combine to make a delicious, thick soup called kitchari. Easy to digest, kitchari is a nutritious whole food that will sustain you.

Organic Kitchari Spice Mix: This traditional spice mix helps stimulate your digestive fire so you can absorb all the wholesome goodness from your food. The spice mix includes yellow mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, fenugreek, black pepper and cinnamon. You will add this spice mix to the rice and dal when you prepare your kitchari.

Organic Ghee: Made from 100% organic, sweet cream butter that was churned from the goodness of milk produced by grass-fed and pastured cows, this rich Ayurvedic treat is said to nourish both body and mind. It also helps to strengthen the digestive fire and promotes healthy digestion.

Recipe included in the kit.


Please follow label or as directed by your practitioner.

Contains: Kitchari Spice Mix, Basmati Rice, Ghee, Mung Bean - Kitchari, Kitchari Recipe


Digestive Effects Help

Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main states (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which states are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every state has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite state.

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Lightness is identified by reduced weight.




Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.




Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.


Digestive Effects Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying


Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.


TYPE Beans Legumes, Grains
NUTRIENT Carbohydrate


Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Cleanse and Detox


An herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.


High Fiber Laxative


A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.


Product Reviews for Kitchari Cleanse - Joyful Belly Complete Kit

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Do I eat the Dal 3 times a day? Is there anything else that I eat or drink? How much is one serving. I have a big appetite. Thanks!

- Jane, Gloucester, MA, 04-11-15 (Reply)
During a cleanse, it is generally recommended to eat the largest amount of kitchari at lunch time and a small amount during breakfast and dinner time. I suggest checking out our kitchari recipe for serving size:

- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC, 04-13-15 (Reply)
Is this supposed to have the consistency of a soup??

- steve, 12-29-15 (Reply)
When doing the cleanse, what else is recommended to eat/drink? Do you just eat the Kitchari? Can you have other fruits or veggies? Stick to water and herbal tea? Thanks in advance!

- Nicole Kerwin, West allis, 03-17-16 (Reply)
While doing a kitchari cleanse, you generally drink warm water and cumin, coriander, fennel tea if desired.

- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 03-18-16 (Reply)
YogiTea classic is much better for liver cleansing with Kitchary -- i have a beautiful reciepe for it, too! And not so expensive -- Beant Kaur

- WEBSITE, 04-05-16 (Reply)
My recipe says we can add any vegetables, along with the rice. Can you give examples, please? I just want to make sure I do this cleanse right. Thank you so very very much! :)

- Elsie, Long beach, CA, 04-17-16 (Reply)
You can add vegetables appropriate for your dosha - root veggies like carrots for Vata and bitter greens like kale for Pitta and Kapha. Cilantro is great for everyone to top their kitchari with.

- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 04-18-16 (Reply)
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