Do you ever feel so run-down that you have to force yourself to get up and do things? Do you wake up feeling tired or feel like you’re ready to go back to bed just an hour or two after getting up? If the phrase, “I’m already tired tomorrow” hits home for you, a relaxing and rejuvenating detox bath may be just the thing you need.
Why Would I Need a Detox Bath?
Our bodies face a daily, near-constant onslaught of physical stress. Whether you have a physically active job, a desk job, or spend all day with the kids, your body faces wear and tear everyday. On top of that, we’re exposed to foreign chemicals – dyes and fragrances, pesticides, gasoline fumes – almost continually.
Very few people would try to argue that the synthetic chemicals in today’s world are actually healthy for us. We’re all pretty much aware that breathing exhaust fumes is a bad idea and that bug spray can make you choke, sputter, and run for the window if you’re not careful.
Yet, even if you’re like me and try to avoid using synthetic chemicals in your home, there’s a wide world out there – and it’s full of unhealthy junk.
Just to name a few…
- Pesticides and Herbicides sprayed on fields and along roadsides
- Synthetic Chemicals in Medications
- Fragrances in laundry & cleaning products
- Dyes in processed foods and drinks
- Perfume, Cologne, and Fragrances in shampoo, soap, lotion, and other body products
- Gasoline Fumes at the station and Exhaust Fumes just about everywhere else!
Our bodies are amazing, and for the most part, a healthy person can clear these toxins from the system if fueled by a healthy diet and restful sleep each night. In today’s world, though, we’re exposed to such a huge volume of toxins that the body can easily become overwhelmed.
When the chemical exposure is greater than the body’s ability to clear the toxins, the chemicals build up in our cells and have a detrimental impact.
- Persistent Fatigue
- Body Pain & Headaches
Thankfully, a detox bath provides a simple and effective way to fight back.
What is a Detox Bath?
A detox bath is so easy and enjoyable, it may just become your favorite way to unwind. You’ll need:
- Epsom Salts (buy here)
- Baking Soda (buy in bulk here)
- Vitamin C Powder (optional)
- Relaxing Essential Oils (optional)
- Bathtub and Water (required)
Simply run a warm bath and add ½ cup each of Epsom Salts and Baking Soda. Stir the water around with your hand to dissolve the salts and then climb in.
Read a book or just relax while you soak for about 15-30 minutes.
When you’re finished, you can shower or simply rinse off.
Taking a detox bath once a week can become a pleasantly gratifying part of your health care routine. If you can’t work it in every week (I sure can’t!), make the detox bath your first choice when you start feeling run down, sore without explanation, or experience frequent headaches.
My Experience with a Detox Bath
At different times, I find myself plagued by headaches and sometimes wide-spread body aches. Sometimes, I can attribute a headache to not getting enough sleep, but more often, I have no idea what triggered it.
Usually, no matter what caused the headache, if I get a good night’s sleep, I’m pain free in the morning. When that doesn’t work, though, or I find the headache returning or am having pain throughout my body, I realize it’s time for a detox bath.
At the end of a detox bath, I’m usually so comfortable and relaxed that I just want to go to bed. Often, the body pain and headache have gone away or at least greatly diminished. I’m able to fall asleep easily, and I wake up pain free.
Since I try to avoid synthetic pain relievers as much as possible, I love that I have this all-natural and healthy option to relieve my pain.
How Does a Detox Bath Work
Epsom salts are known for drawing substances out of the body. We’ve often used an Epsom salt soak to painlessly pull out splinters from fingers or feet.
This drawing action works on those invisible chemical substances too. The Epsom salts slowly and gently draw foreign molecules out of the body through the skin.
Baking soda also helps the body release toxins, and because it alkalizes the water, it helps the body become more alkaline as well. Baking soda relieves muscle and join paint and eases itching and skin irritation.
As a bonus, the alkaline water from the baking soda will make your skin feel luxuriously soft.
A Few Detox Bath Cautions
If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, talk to your health care provider before using a detox bath. Stay out of a bath (or any other water) if you’ve been drinking or using any drugs (including prescription or over-the-counter medicines that cause drowsiness).
Don’t add more than ½ cup each of Epsom salts and baking soda or more than five drops of essential oils to your bath. I’ve found that too much of any one ingredient makes my skin extremely itchy – to the point where I can’t even stay in the bath for five minutes!
Beyond the Detox Bath
While a detox bath is incredibly rejuvenating, it can’t cure everything.
A healthy diet – consisting of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a good amount of healthy proteins – is essential for well being and strength. Likewise, it’s important to avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible by switching to all-natural body care and cleaning products.
No amount of detox bathing can counteract of a steady diet of junk food, smoking, or constant exposure to fragrances in your own body care products.
Persistent fatigue and widespread pain may be a sign of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or another issue. Always talk to your health care provider about concerning symptoms you experience.
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