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Home Remedy Detox Bath

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author image Ashleigh Nolz
Ashleigh Nolz has been writing for more than seven years. She has worked at a newspaper, been a part-time radio announcer, served as editor of her university paper, published work through The Compassionate Friends local chapter newsletter and is now a freelance writer. Nolz holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Dakota Wesleyan University and recently published her first book.
Home Remedy Detox Bath
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Although there are several different methods to detoxify your body of impurities, one of the more relaxing and effective techniques is to just allow your body to sweat out and release these toxins through your pores. According to Dr. Sara Koch Jernigan, a contributor of the medical journal "Lilipoh," the at-home practice of detoxification helps “relieve pain, stop many infections in their tracks and help the body regain balance.” This remedy only requires a few products and less than an hour to complete.

Detox Supplies

Several different items can be used for self detoxifying. At-home baths are as unique and individuals to each persons liking. Most detox bath have roughly three similar ingredients. Such ingredients many professionals utilize and recommend are 2 to 4 cups epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), 1 to 2 cups of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or 32 to 64 fluid oz. of hydrogen peroxide, ginger, lavender, rosemary and aromatherapy oils. Amounts of each product are subject to one's own taste. Detox baths are usually done on an available "stress free" day. Most detox baths take roughly 40 minutes to an hour for full results. The first 20 minutes are intended to assist your body in removing the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are used to absorb the minerals in the water; remaining time is alloted for continued detoxification. Hot water is an important element in creating a steam/sweat inducing result.

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Detoxification Process

Medical studies have shown detox baths to help relieve pain through a continued use. The body will begin to sweat out the toxins through your pores within 20 minutes. Epsom salt is used for its sulfate properties, which is an essential mineral which some people lack in their body. Using sulfate will help detoxify the body of environmental chemicals, food additives and even some drugs and toxins in the liver and intestine; this mineral also detoxifies the built up hormones—thyroid and estrogen. The principal of using ginger in the detoxifying process is to assist in opening the bodies pores and eliminating toxins. As reported by the website Quest for Advanced Condition, ginger also works as a pain reliever. If flu-like symptoms are experienced the next day, it is a sign that your body is ridding itself of poisons. The purpose of baking soda is for its alkaline, which helps the pull the toxic substances from your skin at a faster rate.

Tips

With any type of detox or body flush, drinking plently of water to replenish and rehydrate is a crucial element. Many professionals recommend taking a glass of water into the bathtub; this way, a person can drink during and after the bath to assist in excreting the toxins. Also during a detox, the body is already working hard to release bodily toxins, consuming a meal immediately before or after a detox, only slows the entire process down. Several doctors also compare this process to the eight to 12 hour fast before blood work or surgery—fasting just simplifies the detox. Another method professionals use, as noted in the book entitled "Spa Bliss," is submerging your mind and body into a quiet, relaxing zone for another two or more hours. Many spa ladies also wrap their clients in warm blankets or towels to continue the detox process. Author Jo Glanville-Blackburn also recommends to dry brush your skin for added benefits of exfoliating the chemicals and toxins away from your body.

Benefits

Detox baths help eliminate excess fat and buildup of toxins. It also helps to restore and rejuvenate the body. At-home baths are easily assessable and cost effective. Detox baths do not require ingestion of other substances and can be done in privacy and at one’s leisure. Energy levels are heightened, while digestion and sleep patterns are improved. Other added benefits to an at-home detox bath are to boost metabolism, increase oxygen rich blood circulation, clearer skin, while enhancing your figure.

Warnings

Total body detox should not be done daily. Two to three times a week are recommended for continued success. Symptoms of light-headedness and tingling are normal. Anxiety and restlessness are also noted as common side effects. Detoxifying also unbalances your system by extracting all pollutants in your body, which may lead to other temporary side effects, such as irritability. Detox baths are not recommended for someone who is pregnant or has a heart condition. Since the body is working hard to release toxins, many people experience high blood pressure and overheating—two side effects that can become potentially dangerous for a person who is at risk of a heart attack, or someone with a developing fetus.

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