These days, we are exposed to toxins all day long: they’re in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take and in the water we drink. Our bodies naturally detoxes itself through organs such as the liver and the kidneys. If you are exposed to too many toxins on a daily basis, they can build up and make you sick. The easiest (and cheapest!) way to keep yourself healthy and minimize the toxin levels in your body is by taking detox baths. There are so many benefits to taking detox baths, which consist of simple household ingredients, including but not limited to:
the ease of stress
reduce inflammation relieving aches and muscle cramps
improve absorption of nutrients
help ease migraines
boost immune system
Drink Water! Before you soak in your natural detox bath, you need to make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate yourself. This aides in flushing the toxins and if you don’t drink enough water before and after your bath you may feel ill.
Dry Skin Brushing – brushing dry skin with natural coarse bristles prior to taking a detox bath enhances the toxin elimination process by opening up the pores of the skin, stimulating blood circulation and the lymphatic system. Not to mention, it improves the health of the skin by eliminating dead skin cells and can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite! I like to use the Sublime Beauty skin brush because it slips over the hand making it super easy to use. All you have to do is massage your skin with the brush in round circular motions to gently remove dead skin and prep the skin for the bath.
If this is your first time taking a detox bath, I suggest doing it right before bed because you may feel extremely tired afterwards because your body and organs were working hard to detox. Once you see how your body reacts to the process and learn how to change the recipe up to get it just right for you, you may find that the baths fit better at some other time in your schedule.
Prep Your Detox Bath
Fill your tub to the point you usually would when taking a bubble bath with comfortably hot water, add your ingredients, then swish the water around before getting in. You want to soak for at least 20 minutes but 40 is ideal for the best detoxification results. If you feel too hot, add a little cold water to the bath to reach your comfort level but remember you are supposed to sweat, this is your body releasing toxins. There are many combinations of natural ingredients for a detox bath… check out my 7 favorite DIY detox bath recipes!
Step out of the bath carefully because you may feel a little dizzy but it should subside within a few minutes. Make sure you’re still drinking plenty of water, get lots of rest and moisturize your skin. I personally like to use Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil after the baths to hydrate my skin, give it a great healthy glow and a slight sweet coconut scent.
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