Triphala is an Ayurvedic supplement that has been used for thousands of years to aid digestion and help detoxify the body. Triphala means "three fruits" and is composed of three simple ingredients, all sacred fruits native to India: bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. Triphala is a tri-doshic supplement, which means that it contains powerful benefits for all body types and constitutions. The three fruits have individual benefits that form a potent supplement when combined:
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Supports the natural functions of the liver and the immune system. It especially beneficial for pittas as it has a cooling effect.
Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): Supports the respiratory system as well as kapha accumulations/ imbalances in all systems. Is especially beneficial for kapha.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Is tri-doshic and has a heating effect for all three doshas. It is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.
Before I introduce you to my favorite Triphala source and brand, Elanveda, I want to further discuss what Triphala is and show you how you can seamlessly add it to your daily routine and see incredible benefits right away.
Triphala is loaded with antioxidants and is a natural way to decrease inflammation in the body. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-viral and therefor is a powerful way to support your immune system year round. The powerful supplement is most commonly used as a digestion tonic, but has benefits that reach far beyond the GI tract. Ayurvedic medicine prescribes triphala for respiratory health, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, and nervous system health, as well! I began taking triphala 6 months ago to help support healthy bowel movements and aid digestion. I noticed incredible benefits immediately following the addition of triphala to my daily routine. It helps me properly digest my food, easily emiminate toxins, and absorb nutrients properly. I have been blown away by the improvements and plan on taking triphala for the rest of my life.
Yes -- it really is that powerful!
I want to stress here that triphala is not some new trendy dietary pill that promises weight loss or an hour glass figure (although weight loss can occur once your digestive system is moving properly!) Triphala has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Culturally and historically speaking, Haritaki has been given the highest respect for restoring health. In fact, the Medicine Buddha is often depicted with a haritaki fruit held in his hand. This blend is sacred and is a powerful way to nurture your body and nurse it back to vibrant health.
I take two capsules of Elanveda triphala (1,000 mg) before bed each night. This helps my body properly digest and get rid of excess toxins upon waking up the next morning. It is recommended to take the capsules with a warm glass of water, however I usually take it with warm water infused with psyllium husks and ground flax seed to provide my body with a substance for toxins to bind to. This decreases the chances that harmful toxins will seep through my gut wall and into my blood stream. I will add the fiber flush recipe to the end of this article!
I have tried 5 different off the shelf brands of organic triphala... and none compare to Elanveda's triphala blend. Their product is 100% natural, cruelty free, and vegan. They ensure quality and use no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or fillers. The herbs in this blend are wild grown and are sustainably sourced for quality and purity. The best part: the herbs go from harvest to bottle in one week and are kept in premium Miron violet glass to protect the supplements potency over time. (However, I know you will go through the bottle within a month like I did and will never have to worry about longevity of the product!)
I have noticed several benefits related to Elanveda's triphala in particular. The capsules help decrease uncomfortable bloating and distention after meals. Where I used to struggle having a healthy bowel movement in the morning, I now find elimination easy and healthy. Elanveda's triphala is easy to travel with and helps me maintain consistently healthy digestion even when my diet or meals are inconsistent on the road.
When it comes to supplements, sourcing is so important! Elanveda insures that all ingredients are sourced ethically and sustainably -- making the blend nurturing for our bodies and for the earth. Additionally, Elanveda ships the triphala to you 'zero waste' which essentially means that beyond the shipping carbon, this product is an earth friendly choice that facilitates responsible consumer habits. Each component of the package and container can be recycled or up-cycled and re-loved. I love using my empty bottles as travel pill containers. If you love the triphala as much as I do, you can 'subscribe' and Elanveda will send you a fresh supply each month without you ever having to think about it. Being healthy really has never been so easy!
Want to try my fiber flush alongside your triphala? Just put the following into a warm glass of water:
1 tablespoon organic psyllium husk powder
1 tablespoon organic ground flax seed
8 ounces of warm water
Stir until everything is dissolved in the water (the flax won't dissolve- this is normal). Drink an hour before you go to bed so the mixture has a chance to naturally work through your GI tract before you lay down. Drink while taking 1000 mg of Elanveda triphala and enjoy improved digestion and vitality!
This post was kindly sponsored by Elanveda, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not a doctor and am not qualified to offer medical advice or make medical claims. I recommend consulting your registered doctor before taking Triphala to see if this supplement would be right for you.