Submerging into a healthier you
By Ashley Husbands—
Wanting to miss the waves of sickness going around? Try submerging yourself into a detox bath.
I would like to start out my first weekly health column to come by saying that everything I will discuss will be things I have tried myself first. I look forward to sharing these experiences with you in hopes of enhancing your health and well-being so that you can more happily live the beautiful life you are meant to live.
This week’s topic will be how to eliminate toxins from our bodies and why it would benefit you to do so, especially during flu season. Although there are several ways to detox the body, the main focus of this article will be how to take a detox bath. To understand why a detox bath will help you, it is important to explain what it is that you need to detox from. Toxins build up gradually in a person’s system over time due to foods we eat, things we are exposed to while inhaling the air around us, the chemicals we use for cleaning our houses, sicknesses floating around by interacting with people, and even from the soaps and shampoos we use. There are many other things that cause toxic buildup, the majority of which cannot be avoided no matter how hard we try. When there is a buildup of toxins in the body, it has to work harder and is not able to focus on its natural ability to eliminate the toxic things that attack it. When our body is fighting against itself, it is not able to properly build up our immune system. Our lowered immunity can cause us to be more vulnerable to sicknesses. Detox baths are said to help keep you from getting sick because the ingredients in the bath cause toxins to be pulled from your body, while they also enhance one of your body’s natural ways of removing waste by increasing sweating.
A few months ago, my roommate became sick, coughing terribly, sneezing, and suffering from a headache and fatigue. I had recently read an article about detox baths on MindBodyGreen.com, a wonderful website to look up healthy living tips and where I get many of my ideas from, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I have fantastic roommates who put up with my frequent health experiments and that day my roommate was willing to be my first guinea pig. It worked beautifully. Not only did my roommate feel immediately less congested, but they recovered completely in the next two days, much quicker than this kind of sickness usually takes to go away.
Unfortunately, a few weeks later, it was my turn to battle sickness. My whole body was sore and I began to get dizzy and have a headache. I had been exposed to all ranges of sick people at work that week including people with pneumonia, bronchitis and a really intense bout of the flu. Of course, knowing what I had been exposed to that week, I was determined to do anything to avoid getting sick. In my desperation I remembered how well the detox bath worked for my roommate and decided to give it a shot myself, and it worked! I immediately began to feel better when I went to work that night and by the next day could barely tell I had ever even felt sick at all. Since then I have recommended it to other people I know and they have also seen positive results. I have continued to do a detox bath about every 2 weeks since then and have felt great afterward, even when I was not feeling sick before I took it.
Ready to try it yet? There are varying ingredients people try but here is the one I originally found on MindBodyGreen that I tried:
Fill up a bath with hot water
1/3 cup of Epsom Salt (helps replenish the body’s magnesium level, helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints)
1/3 cup of Sea Salt (purifying properties, lowers acidity in body, helps remove lactic acid)
1/3 cup of Baking Soda (highly alkaline, helps balance an overly acidic system, anti-fungal, eliminates the chlorine in the water, softens the water and your skin)
2 ½ Tablespoons of ground ginger (increases heat levels, helping the body sweat)
Submerge as much of your body as possible into the tub (except for your hair as the mixture may dry it out).
Stay in the tub for 20 minutes and be sure to drink purified water continuously. It may get tough and a bit uncomfortable but hang in there! I usually play some music, relax, and focus on slowing down and relaxing which turns it into a very positive experience.
After 20 minutes, you begin to soak back in what you just released from your body so it is important to exit the tub once the 20 minutes have passed.
When exiting the tub, you may be dizzy so it is important to be careful. Even if you don’t think the bath has affected you, it has. You will be very hot and have lost quite a bit of water. Find a chair to sit in and relax while you cool off for a long while. After sitting and continuing to drink water, some people wish to shower once they feel ready.
Do not eat immediately before or after the bath.
Important Note: It is very important to make sure that the first time you do this, it is done only before you have nothing planned. You will be wiped out for quite a while after. I usually plan to do mine on a night that I know I do not have anything planned so that I can relax for a while and then go to bed without doing anything strenuous. Also make very sure to increase your water intake during and after the bath for at least the next several days. If you do not drink water during and after the bath then it could actually do you more harm than good since dehydration is very dangerous. As long as you drink water, I know you will feel refreshed in the days that follow.
If you have any questions or comments about detox baths, you can tweet me @TSULivingWell using #detox or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Have fun, be safe, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences!