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Updated: Jan 8, 2023

I cannot stress the importance of this step as part of your Ayurvedic morning routine. Eliminating waste from the body at the correct time and in a way that is effortless and indicating good digestion, is absolutely critical in maintaining long term health. In Ayurveda, there are three key waste systems or malas found in the body. Sweat, urine and stools. In the morning particularly, it is important to attempt to eliminate stools and urine before engaging in daily activities. All waste stored in the body longer than the early morning, begins to become stagnant and putrid, causing toxicity and in the long term, disease. It makes total sense to eliminate the food and drink from the previous day before starting afresh. However, it is alarming how many of our bodies are not in the routine of doing this. It is not uncommon for me to hear frequently from clients that they won’t have a bowel movement every day, let alone in the morning. Or that their urine is dark, reduced and difficult to pass. Eliminating waste in the morning is critical, but equally so is the quality of your waste as it indicates internal health or possible imbalance.


The stools are soft, well formed, easy to pass and generally a light to medium brown colour. The urine has a strong flow, profuse, no smell and is generally a light yellow to clearish colour.


Stools that are hard to pass (painful, uncomfortable), broken – either loose or pebble like, dark in colour consistently, contain mucous or fat, blood or undigested food, have a foul odour or cause cramps and pain before or after passing; all are steady indications that there is an internal imbalance.Urine that has reduced flow and quantity, is hot, difficult to pass – burning before or after, pain, cramps or a sense that there is a blockage stopping flow, a feeling of not having an empty bladder after, urine that it is cloudy, has a dark colour, blood or a foul smell are again, symptoms of imbalance.

On occasion, everybody has waste that is not balanced after eating the wrong foods, being stressed or unwell – just to name a few factors that can disrupt your internal ecosystem. However, long term mentioned above symptoms are indications that there are things happening in the body that shouldn’t be. It is worth addressing these symptoms sooner rather than later with your Ayurvedic practitioner or chosen health professional before secondary issues arise. Most symptoms are quite simple to correct with an analysis of diet, lifestyle and routine. Also, there many Ayurvedic herbs and medicines that can cleanse, strengthen and regulate the eliminatory systems with ease and subtlety.

The prior step in your Ayurvedic morning routine of warm water and lemon, actually kick starts the peristalsis action in the bowel, helping it to start the urge in wanting to go. After you have had your drink, make your way to the bathroom and see if you can have a bladder and bowel movement. If not, don’t strain, just get back up and have some more to drink and revisit the bathroom again in a few minutes. For those of you struggling to have a bowel movement in the morning or even daily, give the bowel a few days to regulate and find a new routine – but trust me, it will. If not, please be in touch via the contact details here and we can arrange an appointment to support you further with additional treatments if need be.

Happy body regulating everyone!


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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