Tried an interesting Ayurvedic cleanse; it’s mung soup. I’ve made mung soups before,the Intuitive cooking method way that we teach here at NCS, but thought I’d give this one a shot. It is from an Ayurvedic nutrionist that I saw on the Dr. Oz website. It has a combination of spices that help with digestion including hing (also known as asafoetida), mustard seeds, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cumin and coriander. It’s all you eat for 3-4 days (if you last that long). I found that even a couple of days into it I felt as though my digestive track was really calmer. They suggest taking a multiple vitamin too. I used the sunflower oil, but if you are not adhering to vegan diet then the ghee would be good too.
You’ll have to hit an Indian grocery store for the hing most likely, I had to, none of my usual local food sources had it. Most cities will have a source and if not or if you’re out in the boonies then try online. It helps with the digestion of the beans (not that mung beans are hard to digest in the first place), but just like in Mexican bean dishes people use epazote and in other cooking people use kombu, it’s all about digestion. Just remember to anchor the spices in the oil before adding the beans and water. Oh, and I like to kick up my metabolism by adding some form of chilies. I used sriracha or you can try your favorite chili seasoning or chopped whole chilies if you like the heat too.
I found that my whole digestive system felt better the first time I tried it. Here is the link: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/green-mung-bean-soup. To happy guts!