With all of the unavoidable toxins in our environments, and the chemicals in the foods that many of us are still eating, detoxing isn’t just a buzzword or a trend – it’s a necessity. As disease becomes more and more prevalent in our nation, and cancer rates continue to rise, it becomes increasingly clear that not only do we need to change our environment, but we need to combat our environment by ridding our body the harmful intrusions that are causing dis-ease among so many. Detox baths are one way – and a great way for multiple reasons – to do this. Detox baths are good practice for anyone and especially if you find that you’re suffering from any of these signs of a toxic overload (according to Dr. Josh Axe):
- Aches and pains
- Belly fat (hard to lose)
- Skin problems
- Food cravings (especially for ‘fake foods’)
- Low energy
- Bad breath
- Irritability, mood swings
Before I get to my simple detox bath recipe, I want to talk for a minute about Epsom salts and how exactly detox baths work.
Benefits of Epsom Salts and Detox Baths
Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years for cleaning, medicinally, and for detoxification. The use of regular epsom salt baths been shown to improve the symptoms of including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises and muscle soreness. They are also good for easing chronic disease or chronic pain as Epsom salts can help detoxify and reduce inflammation while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body. I personally have used Epsom salts for everything from chronic inflammation to muscle aches to recovering from injuries and pain.
Additional benefits of detox baths include improved mood, emotional regulation, and stress reduction. It goes without saying that taking the time to take a warm bath can do wonders for physical and mental health, and when you add the power of Epsom salts and its magnesium, stress can be significantly reduced, and subsequent health issues can be prevented as well.
How Detox Baths Work
Through a process of reverse osmosis, Epsom salts in a bath replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates, helping to flush toxins from the body. Magnesium is essential for the body for numerous reasons, and sulfates are the foundation for healthy skin, tissue, and joints. Epsom salts essentially provide a heavy metal detox from the body’s cells and decrease the amount of harmful substances within the body.
Simple Detox Bath Recipe
A detox bath is actually really simple. I give one to my kids at least once or twice a week, and try to make the time to take one for myself a few times a week. Try it, and you’ll notice the difference.
- 2c. Epsom salts (1/2 to 1c for kids)
- Warm bath water
- opt. 1/2c coconut oil
- opt. 2-3 drops essential oil such as lavender
Fill bath warm to hot water and pour in Epsom salts, spreading them around until they dissolve. Add oil and essential oils if adding. Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin, and essential oils can help relax and relieve any pain or soreness, in addition to the salts. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. Do this as often as possible, ideally daily.
Now you know the benefits of detox baths, and even have a recipe for a super simple one to try, so there are no excuses! Stop looking at your screen and go take a bath! Let me know how it works for you.
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