Benefits of Detox Bath
The body needs to “clean up” through a process called detoxification. The term means cleaning or removing blood toxins through the liver. The body may also detoxify through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. These organs actually do their own general cleaning from the inside out. Urine, feces, and perspiration are proof that our bodies are constantly on the “cleaning mode” from the inside. Detoxifying also includes resting and feeding yourself with proper healthy foods that will help nourish the body. Detoxification helps to protect your immune system and restore your body’s ability to maintain its best possible health.
How Does a Detox Bath Work?
Apparently, our bodies are exposed to toxins every single day. We are not immune from the harmful effects of these toxins which actually come from the products and substances we consume. The more toxins we gather, the more our bodies struggle to flush these poisons out. The detox bath apparently helps our bodies to flush out toxins, efficiently.
Soaking in hot water filled with magnesium sulphate (magnesium salt), baking soda, sea salt and other known natural detox stuff can facilitate the elimination of toxins out of the body. The toxins are pulled out of the skin when you start to sweat while soaked in hot water mixed with the detox agents. The detox bath is one of the therapies that help enhance the body’s natural detoxification process.
Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate) is a major detox ingredient in any detox bath. It not only draws out the toxins but also helps relieve stress, muscle spasms, migraines, prevent hardening of arteries and improve oxygen use.
Detox Bath Basics
Detox baths can be quite dehydrating. Make sure to drink a glass of water before starting the procedure.
Prepare the ingredients for the detox bath:
- 2 cups Epsom Salt
- 1 to 2 cups Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Sea Salt (Himalayan Salt)
- ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered)
- 1 tablespoon to 1 cup Essential oil (if desired)
- Ginger, ground (optional
- Skin brush
Dry Brushing your skin can help shed some dead layers of skin and may also speed up the elimination of waste by the lymphatic system. In dry brushing your skin, make sure to use a brush that will not hurt your skin and has a long handle to help you reach your back area. Start brushing on dry skin from the feet up towards the heart area and mid-section. Finish by dry brushing your arms up towards the armpits.
Be prepared to feel a little nauseated with a little headache. Always make sure to keep yourself hydrated.
Preparing your Detox Bath
- Fill your bath with warm water that is comfortable for you.
- Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate) to help replenish magnesium level and flush out toxins.
- Add 1 to 2 cups baking soda for its cleansing and anti-fungal properties.
- Add ¼ cup Himalayan salt (or sea salt) to help replenish minerals for the skin’s metabolism.
- Add ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar. This is one of the best natural body detoxifying agent and immune booster formula that is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- You may add essential oils as preferred from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup depending on your sensitivity.
- Mix all the ingredients on the tub.
Enjoying your Detox Bath
- Soak for 20-40 minutes but make sure to hydrate yourself first. It is normal to start sweating a few minutes after soaking.
- Try to relax, meditate and breathe through the nose. Feel your muscles loosen up and visualize the toxins exiting from your skin.
- After 40 minutes, slowly get out of the tub and wrap yourself with a dry towel. You may continue perspiring during this time.
- Always rehydrate.
- Continue brushing your skin with strokes towards the heart.
- Rest and relax for the day.
There are actually many ways to help detoxify your body from toxins. There are drinks and foods that aid in the whole detoxification process. Take advantage of this natural detoxifying pampering at least once in awhile. Embarking on a healthy lifestyle will always be effective once we start to clean from the inside and outside. Eat healthy, drink healthy, exercise, relax and detoxify to build up a stronger immune system.
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