As you know, our bodies are inundated with toxins each and every day. Toxins are in the air we breathe (pollution), on the food we eat (pesticides), cleaning products, and in the products that we use in, and on, our bodies. We’ll be talking more about ways to cut down on some of these toxic exposures soon, but a great place to start is by making a detox bath part of your weekly routine.
Our bodies are champs at detoxifying naturally. However, with the amount of pollutants and chemicals floating around these days, it can be really beneficial to give your body a little help from time to time. Detox baths help to eliminate toxins, boost our health and strengthen the immune system. Not to mention the fact that a hot bath is an excellent way to reduce stress, unwind and meditate.
Detox baths have been around for centuries and are used all of the time for eliminating toxins, helping the body absorb minerals and nutrients, curing skin problemsand easing sore muscles. Detox baths are one way for you to sweat out toxins without exposing your body to other harmful elements. The process behind a detox bath works something like osmosis, which basically means that toxins are first drawn to the surface of the skin by the bath’s hot water, and then cleansed away as the water cools. In addition to helping clear the body of toxins, a detox bath helps to regulate enzyme activity, alleviate pain and balance pH levels.
The best part? They are easy to prepare and can be done in your home for a fraction of the cost of a trip to the spa. In fact, most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery stores.
You will need:
Epsom salt (2 cups)
Baking Soda (1-2 cups)
Sea Salt or Himalayan salt (1/4 cup)
Unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar (1/4 cup)
Essential Oils (any fragrance you like, 20 drops will do)
Ground Ginger (optional)
And, of course, a Bathtub filled with Hot Water.
Make sure you are well hydrated before and during your detox bath because minerals in the bath will pull toxins out from your skin – and that can be very dehydrating. It’s best to drink plenty of water before and after your bath.
Before starting your bath, it’s always a good idea to dry brush your skin, which will help shed dead layers of skin off, speed up your lymphatic system and smooth your skin.
A relaxing atmosphere can’t hurt, so get your fav relaxing playlist ready.
And then the best part! Soak, relax, breathe, calm your mind, and let your body take over from there.
Sound good to you!?
Your challenge this week is to take one homemade detox bath! Choose a day and time when you can spare 30-40 minutes or more to relax without rushing. Detox baths can make you sleepy, so doing them before bed can help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Detox baths and dry brushing are just wonderful detox practices to add to your daily or weekly routine. If you are dealing with low energy, weight loss resistance, digestive distress, dull moods, or hormonal imbalances, you might benefit from a deeper, more complete detox and metabolic rehab program. Check out the 21 Day Metabolic Rehab and Hormone Makeover here.
If you accept this challenge, let me know in a comment below!