Happy Sunday everyone!
I wanted to throw a relaxation and detoxification tip your way to kick off your week! Almost every time I take a bath I do this easy, 2-ingredient, detox bath aimed at pulling all toxins, and specifically heavy metals out of the body. What’s better than detoxing your body while doing absolutely nothing relaxing in a bath? Nada. So let’s get to it:
What you’ll need:
- Epsom salt -1 part
- Baking soda -2 parts
- (optional) essential oil of your choice- I like lavender 😉
The measurements are up to you, but keep the ratio of 1 part salt to 2 parts baking soda. I like to do at least 1/2 cup of epsom salt to 1 cup of baking soda.
Epsom salts on their own are great at general detoxification. Mix them with baking soda and something extra wonderful happens to pull out heavy metals as well! I like to throw in about 10 drops of any essential oil for aromatherapy as well.
I suggest sitting in any bath for at least 20 minutes to experience the full effects.
I also would not suggest eating directly before or after this bath, but do stay hydrated.
You can start with this bath once a week and work your way upward. If you are someone who has never detoxed in any way, shape, or form, be sure to start slow with this and any other detox you choose.
Detox baths help the body’s natural, ongoing detoxification. After doing external detoxes such as baths and cleanses, we eliminate the toxins from the body through our urine, bowels, and/or sweat.
How do we acquire toxins?
Throwing a little toxin knowledge your way, since we’re on the topic>>
Living a healthy lifestyle and eating and drinking cleanly can certainly decrease the amount of toxins you are exposed to and increase your body’s capabilities to detox on its own. But, unfortunately, there are numerous sources from which toxins and heavy metals can get into our system just living our day to day lives. I’m not about scaring people or causing unnecessary worry (especially since I think the body is so resilient and clears a lot out on its own when supplemented with a healthy lifestyle and when it feels love! :)). But I did just want to give you a few ideas of sources of toxins that you can keep in mind.
- Genetically Engineered Food-GMOs
- Tobacco Smoke
- Air pollution
- Many household products including: furniture polish, air fresheners, spray starch, aerosol hairspray, cosmetics
How do we acquire heavy metals?
You might be thinking (as I once did), “why do I need to rid my body of metal?” Unfortunately, there are a number of sources from which we consume-in one way or another- heavy metals.
Obviously particularly high exposure to metals like working in industrial smelting and alloying, or other jobs of that nature will increase exposure to all metals. Here are just some of the more commonly found metals in the average person’s day to day life:
- Aluminum– found in some cosmetics and almost all anti-persperants.
- Arsenic– mainly used in the production of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides and can be found in tap water.
- Barium– used to produce pigments in paints and decorative glass. Can be very high in peanuts and peanut butters.
- Lead-old lead-pigment paints, batteries, some toys and products from China, glazes on (foreign) ceramics, bullets and fishing sinkers, artist paints with lead pigments, and lead can of course be found in some (contaminated) tap water.
- Mercury– some vaccines in pure liquid form for thermometers, barometers, and laboratory equipment, batteries and electrodes, fungicides/pesticides, accumulates in aquatic animals and fish and is concentrated up the food chain reaching high concentrations in large fish and predatory birds.
- Nickel– cigarettes (2 to 6 mcg Ni per average cigarette), diesel exhaust (particulates may contain up to 10 mg/grams, foods especially: cocoa, chocolate, soya products, nuts, and hydrogenated oils, costume jewelry, pigments (usually for ceramics or glass).
- Tin– dyes, pigments and bleaching agents, biocides (triphenyltin and alkyltins) used against rodents, fungi, insects and mites.
Please ENJOY your simple, DIY bath and let me know how you like it!