Sore? Take a Detox Bath

How to Take the Perfect Detox Bath:

We are often telling our clients to take an Epsom salt bath after classes to alleviate sore muscles.  Why do we do this?  It is NOT just because it is relaxing; it also boosts the immune system and improves overall well-being!  By adding a few simple ingredients, you can turn a regular, already relaxing bath into a rejuvenating source of strength.  Think about it.  Our bodies are basically power plants that process chemicals all day.  We eat, process the nutrients we need, and expel that which we don’t in the form of waste.  Similarly, exercising works toxins out of the muscle fibers and organs releasing them into the body.  Sweating is one way our bodies expel these toxins.  A hot, detox bath helps this process along by drawing the toxins to the surface and washing them away.

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Here’s how to detox at home:

1. Make sure you are properly hydrated.

A detoxing bath is supposed to be intense, drawing out all sorts of impurities from your body. Making sure you’re well hydrated beforehand will help prevent any unintentional damage to your body during the process.

2. Fill up a very hot bath.

Fill up the tub as much as you can, with the water as hot as you can stand it. This will help the bath be most effective in drawing out toxins.

3. Fill the tub with the active ingredients.

There are many recipes out there for detox baths. It’s up to you to decide what ingredients you’d like to add. This will determine what benefits your body will enjoy from the bath.

Most detox bath recipes contain at least one “harsh” ingredient that actively draws out the toxins. They’re things that you wouldn’t normally think of as bath ingredients, such as bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, or even hydrogen peroxide. They’re balanced out by “soothing” ingredients that lend other benefits. Think ginger, seaweed and (my favorite) essential oils.

4. Sink in and STAY in.

Follow the suggestions of your specific individual detox bath recipe. But it’s typically advised that you stay in your detox bath for at least twenty minutes. You have to give the ingredients time to work on your skin!

5. Dry off and treat your skin gently.

Be very careful getting out of the bath when your time is up. Your body’s just been through a lot. Take time to drink water and let your body recover. You can brush your body down for additional detoxing benefits, but be gentle to your body in general.

Detox Bath Recipe

2 Cups Epsom Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
20 Drops of Essential Oils (Such as Lavender)

Mix epsom salt, baking soda and bentonite clay together.
Add essential oils and pour into hot bath water.

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