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Detox Bath 101

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I've always been a firm believer in taking baths regularly. Nothing relaxes me more than a hot bubble bath. I like to mix it up with what sorts of baths I take (moisturizing, relaxing, etc.) and recently I tried my first detox bath and loved it!

A detox bath is great for a number of reasons. It helps your body eliminate toxins, absorb healthy minerals and nutrients from the bath, and it helps you feel refreshed afterwards.

Here's a list of things you need for a detox bath, as well as some tips for your first time trying it.




ITEMS NEEDED
Epsom salts
Baking soda

(Can also use essential oils, but it's not necessary)

The amount of each ingredient you use for the bath can vary, depending on the level of intensity you want and whether you're a first-timer or have been doing detox baths for awhile. (Trust me, detox baths are no joke!) I started out usually roughly 1 to 2 cups of each ingredient for my bath.

You want the temperature of the water to be fairly hot, but not unbearable. Pour in each ingredient as the bathtub is filling with water and make sure they have mixed together well enough before you get in the tub.


For the first time you try this, I'd recommend staying in the tub for a minimum of 20 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to get what you need from the bath. However, it's recommended that you stay in the bath for 40 minutes - 20 for removing the toxins from your body and 20 to absorb all the minerals from the bath. I usually stay in the bath for at least 30 minutes. Be prepared, because you're going to sweat up a storm while detoxing!

TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME USERS


While a detox bath is super refreshing, it's very likely that you'll feel lightheaded and/or nauseous afterwards. It's recommended that you don't eat anything immediately before OR after the bath. However, don't detox on a completely empty stomach. I usually have something to eat a good hour/hour and half beforehand so that I feel comfortable during the bath.


Also, make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards. This helps flush out toxins from your body and keeps you hydrated; taking a bath and detoxing can really take a lot out of you and you must keep yourself hydrated immediately afterwards.


I'd also recommend not letting your hair get in the bath at all, because all the salt in the bath can really dry your hair out. I like to use a hair mask while detoxing - you can check out some DIY recipes for that here!


Another tip I have is to take a cold shower immediately after the bath. It helps keep you from getting nauseous and makes you feel extra refreshed after the bath. Also, (I'm about to get science-y on you guys here) taking a cold shower after detoxing is great because if you don't, the nitrogen isotope in your body remains acidic and continues to flood the lymphatic fluids with acid, which could make you feel worse. Basically, the cold shower flushes out the excess toxins in your body and keeps them from forming into acid. Which doesn't sound great, obviously.

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Good luck and happy detoxing! If you try it out, let me know how it goes in the comments!


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