Detox Routines: Why epsom salt baths are good for detox
As I undergo treatment to rid my body of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) and any underlying pathogens in my gut, I experience the effects of toxic by-products or die off. One of my favourite routines when I feel these effects is to have an epsom salt bath. I find it a safe, inexpensive and effective way to reduce the toxic load and help me relax!
Why is it important to detox?
Everyday we breathe in, consume and absorb toxins. Some of the most common toxins come from our food, water, pollution, drugs, beauty and personal care products, plasticware, cleaning products and technological devices. Heck, even stress and a negative mindset is believed to create a toxic and disease ridden body. Although it would be great to avoid exposure to all toxins, if you live in any big city, this is hardly realistic. Therefore, it is important to regularly support the detoxification pathways to eliminate the toxins.
What are the benefits of epsom salts?
Epsom salts when in water turn to magnesium sulfate. The sulfates assist the body to flush out toxins. By soaking in hot water the skin becomes more porous allowing toxins to get out and beneficial minerals to be absorbed more easily. Other benefits include:
Increase magnesium levels - magnesium deficiency is a huge problem in today's society!
Relief from muscular aches and pains
Helps relax the body and reduce stress
Soften and smooth the skin
Assist with a good night's sleep
What do you need?
Bicarbonate soda (also known as baking soda)
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Essential oils e.g. lavender - optional
Note: If you don’t have baking soda or ACV, simply epsom salts alone will do the trick.
How to perform?
Run a hot bath. Yes, it needs to be hot to allow the body to sweat out the toxins and better absorb the minerals.
Pour 2 cups of epsom salts, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of ACV into the hot bath. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil if you are feeling stressed or it is close to bedtime.
Soak in the bath for 30mins. Drink plenty of water during this time.
Do NOT stand up immediately after the bath as the magnesium can often cause people to feel dizzy and lightheaded (I know this is true for me).
I have an epsom salt bath 4-5 nights a week. Even if you can only do it once a week, your body will love you for it.
How to boost the detox effect?
Castor oil liver pack- stimulates liver to process toxins prior to getting in the bath
Exercise - stimulates the lymphatic system prior to getting in the bath (the epsom salts also assist with recovery of muscles after exercise!)
Dry skin body brush - stimulates the lymphatic system and helps to clear toxins from the pores prior to getting in the bath
Deep breathing - clearing your mind of all toxic emotions and thoughts is an important part of the detoxing process whilst in the bath
Cold shower - rinsing in cold water after the hot bath allows your lymph vessels to contract to flush toxins out of areas in your body
Don’t have a bath?
Easy solution, soak your feet in a bucket (I use a laundry bucket) of warm water with 1/2 cup of epsom salts. You will still get the benefits of the epsom salts, just on a lesser scale. One of my main die off symptoms is aches and pains in my feet, restless leg and feelings of numbness in my feet and lower legs. I have found the foot soak to be very effective especially when I only have 15 mins to spare in between activities or before going out.
Interested in other ways I detox my body? Have a read of some of my liver loving routines.