Co-written by Catherine Ezor & Nadia Elmagrabi
Modern life is crazy busy, and most of us rush through the day without giving a thought to all the damage that is being done to our bodies: by what we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress we face. Detox baths help sweat out those toxins, and alleviate their harmful impact. They also boost your immune system!
The process for a detox bath is really quite simple. Detoxers immerse themselves in a tub filled with very hot water and essential ingredients, some active and some soothing. As you soak, the toxins are pulled to the surface of the skin and then washed away.
The key to a successful detox bath is preparation. It is very important to properly hydrate before you begin. The day before you plan to detox, increase your fluid intake and avoid dehydrating ingredients, such as caffeine. This will ensure that no damage occurs to your body as the impurities are drained from your body.
Detox baths require very hot water. As hot as your body can tolerate. Warm water or reasonably hot water will just not work. It is essential that the body sweats during the detox process, and that won’t happen if the water is too cool. To actively draw out toxins, detox baths should to contain at least one strong, active ingredient and several soothing ones. For example, harsh ingredients such as apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide might be offset by essential oils. The ingredients you choose will determine the benefits to your body. Many recipes are available on the Internet. One of my favorite detox bath recipes appears below.
While it may be tempting to quickly dip into a hot tub and dry off, the length of time spent in the tub will determine the success of your detox. Most recipes call for a soaking of more than 20 minutes. You need to give those impurities time to float to the surface!
When you have completed the recommended stay in the water, gently wipe off your skin and drink water. Give your body time to recover from the strain of detoxification. That will enhance the benefits and enhance your well-being.
D.I.Y. SALT DETOX BATH
Inspired by Wellness Mama
1/4 cup sea salt or Himalayan salt
1/4 cup Epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
10 drops lavender
3 drops lemon and 7 drops rosemary
10 drops cinnamon
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