How To Detox and Cleanse Your Body Naturally At Home

Cleansing the body and making it available for greater possibilities can start right at home. Sadhguru gives us simple methods to cleanse the five elements of the system.
How To Detox and Cleanse Your Body Naturally At Home

Cleansing the body periodically is an essential part of making it available for greater possibilities. It's always best to detox your body naturally, and this can start right at home. Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, gives us simple methods to cleanse the five elements of the system and looks at how to detox and cleanse your body naturally.

Sadhguru: Essentially, the body is a play of the five elements – water, earth, air, fire and space. It is very common in India to refer to the body as a puppet made of five elements. By composition, the body is seventy-two percent water, twelve percent earth, six percent air, four percent fire, and the remaining six percent space or akash.

How these five elements behave within you will determine just about everything. “Bhuta” means elements; “bhuta shuddhi” means to become free from the taint of the elements. It means to become free from the physical. Bhuta shuddhi is a basic sadhana in yoga to transcend the limitations of the physical and to become available to a dimension beyond the physical.

There are some simple things you can do to do bhuta shuddhi in a very natural way. It is not the ultimate type of bhuta shuddhi, but you can do some cleansing of the five elements.


Among the five elements, our biggest concern is water. You must take enormous care about water because it is seventy-two percent and it has tremendous memory. One thing you can do is just put some neem or tulsi leaves in it. These will not remove chemical impurities but they will make the water very vibrant and energetic. Another thing is to store water in a copper vessel so that the water acquires a quality from the copper which is beneficial.


Earth is twelve percent. How food goes into you, from whose hands it comes to you, how you eat it, how you approach it, all these things are important. Above all, the food you eat is life. Other forms are giving up their life to sustain us. If we can eat with enormous gratitude for all the living things which give up their life to sustain our lives, food will behave in a very different way within you.


Air is six percent. In that, only one percent or less is your breath. The rest is happening in so many other ways. It is not just the air that you breathe that affects you, it is the way you keep the air within you. You must take care of that one percent too but if you are living in a city it may not be in your hands what kind of air you breathe. So go for a walk in the park or along the lake.

Especially if you have children, it is important that you take them out at least once a month – not to the cinema or somewhere like that because the limited air in that hall gets affected just by the sounds, intentions, and emotions that are happening on the screen and reflecting in people’s minds. Instead of taking them to the cinema, take them to the river, teach them how to swim or climb a mountain. You needn’t go all the way to the Himalayas. Even a small hill is a mountain for a child. Even a rock will do. Go climb and sit on one of them. Children will enjoy it immensely and will become fit. You will become fit, your body and mind will function differently, and above all you are in touch with the Creator’s creation which is the most important thing.


You can also take care of what kind of fire burns within you. Get some sun on your body every day because sunlight is still pure. Fortunately, nobody can contaminate it. And what kind of fire burns within you – is it the fire of greed, fire of hatred, fire of anger, fire of love or fire of compassion. If you take care of that, you needn’t worry about your physical and mental wellbeing. It gets taken care of.


Akash is an intermediary situation between that which is creation and that which is the source of creation.

If we keep the other four elements well, akash will take care of itself. If you know how to get the cooperation of akash into your life, this will be a blessed life.

Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Sadhguru’s discourse at the Isha Hatha Yoga School’s 21-week Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire a profound understanding of the yogic system and the proficiency to teach Hatha Yoga. The next 21-week session begins on July 16 to Dec 11, 2019. For more information, visit or mail

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5 years 10 months ago shouldn't boil the water.

6 years 4 months ago

WATER : One thing you can do is just put some neem or tulsi leaves in it....
Does this need to be done everyday or once a week or once a while ?

5 years 10 months ago

Another simple way to detox our body is eat only when we are hungry.

6 years 8 months ago

Much appreciation, love and respect

6 years 1 month ago

It is easy to detox your body at home.A simple multi pronged body detoxification
program undertaken in the privacy of your home can do wonders to remove
impurities and toxins from your body, and restore it to its natural healthy

5 years 9 months ago

Vidyanatha I bow down

6 years 8 months ago

thank you Sadhguru :-)

6 years ago

Everyday would be good. Here in India people usually boil their water before they drink, its a common practice. so as soon as we boil it, we add tulsi leaves to it so it leaves all its essence in the water.

5 years 6 months ago

i can clear this up for you; there are different atoms which make up water, and earth, and air, and fire and so on, in different states, and then there are somewhat "empty spaces" in the body, this is the 6% the akasha refers to.

While 99% of an atom may be empty space, that atom is in a configuration, in a network, in a particular element. Do you understand?

6 years 8 months ago

really simple and useful

5 years 11 months ago

thank you to show me the way with 5 simple ways

5 years 6 months ago

we have copper in our blood and need it to live, look up other "trace minerals".

6 years 7 months ago

simple yet powerful message from sadhguru...

5 years 11 months ago

Grateful for the advise, I will follow, in fact, I have been using Jeeva Rasam in copper pot which I bought at the Ashram. It is amazing. Now I will add Tulsi and Neem to it.

5 years 2 months ago

So do you just get water from your kitchen faucet? Isn't that dirty water? We always boil ours after getting it from faucet.

6 years 7 months ago

Thanks for Post. I will surely follow to cleanse as much as possible.

5 years 10 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru.

5 years 2 months ago

Copper kills harmful bacteria.

6 years 7 months ago

Thanks to Sadhguru for the guidances of vakh suddhi.

5 years 10 months ago

99.9% of every atom is space it seems, and here it is 6%??????????

5 years 2 months ago

Boiling the water destroys the micro-organisms, however it decreases the dissolved oxygen content as well. Storing the water in a copper vessel also destroys all the micro-organisms and improves the quality of water.. If your water has arsenic and other toxins then boiling is not going to help and need RO, in that case you don't need boiling, you can simply add tulsi and store it in a copper vessel.

6 years 7 months ago

Pranams to you, Sadhguru. Much Gratitude.

5 years 10 months ago

thank u for the wonderful yet simple advice....however, since tulsi is not always available is it fine to use dry and crushed tulsi leaves?

5 years 2 months ago

It kills bacteria

6 years 7 months ago

grateful sadguru

5 years 10 months ago

I was told boiling water destroys the prana sakti in the water and it should not be boiled.

5 years 1 month ago

Will soaking the tea leaves in room temperature water work just the same or better? Thank-you.

6 years 7 months ago

Really i love to do your advices. I realize the changes happening in my life once get into isha sadhguru. i love you so much to get me to realize the spiritual experience.

5 years 10 months ago

what kind of quality does water gets from copper vessel. Please elaborate

4 years 8 months ago

"Prana" cannot be destroyed, "Prana" is the underlying essence of all elements, boiling water never destroys "Prana" instead it transforms "Cold Prana" to "Heat Prana" that is "Water element" to "Fire element".

6 years 5 months ago

Wow! I didn't realize that these elements had so much to do with detoxing your body. I love it! looking forward to learning more about how to detox your body naturally. Thanks so much!