Who doesn't love a relaxing bath? But often we deprive ourselves of these luxuries because we lack time, or feel like we should be doing something else more productive - but what if I gave you the perfect excuse to get in that tub?! Ok, here goes...
In the busy world of today, people come in contact with an endless amount of impurities, toxins, poisons, pollutants, and other agents. These chemicals land on our skin, absorb into the fabrics we wear, and are breathed into our lungs. As inevitable as this may seem, there are a few ways that we can reduce the exposure to these environmental impurities, and one of the best ways, is through taking a detox bath. At this point you may find yourself asking, “What are the benefits of taking a detox bath?”...
How to get started?
First off, the most important part of doing a detox bath, is that you have to be hydrated. This will make it possible for you to be able to reap all of the benefits of the bath, and be sure that your systems are hydrated enough to be influenced by the heat of the water. Next, select your water additives. You can always add Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, essential oils or anything else that may have benefits you are looking far.
They provide serious stress relief!
Bathing for cleanliness is only a small portion of the health benefits from this ancient innovation and pastime. For thousands of years, mankind has known that one of the most relaxing and soothing experiences that can be had is that of taking a warm, or hot bath. Heat loosens muscle tissues that have been clenched by stress, as many people carry stress in shoulders, backs, legs, and neck muscles. Baths reduce cortisol levels and increase the feel good hormones in the body, allowing your body to focus on healing and restoration.
They stimulate the evacuation of toxins.
In daily modern life, the most common position for people is sitting. Being stagnant for long periods of time means that toxins and other wastes can easily build up in the body causing blockages and other unpleasant ailments. In order to have a healthy body, it is important to work on clearing out your lymphatic system. One way this can be accomplished is through heating the body, thus making it easier for the lymph system to flow more freely. If you begin to sweat in the bath, it's a good thing, enjoy the release. Just remember to rehydrate.
Due to modern day diet and lifestyle, swelling or inflammation in adults has reached epidemic levels. A long soak in warm or hot water can provide some relief by greatly reducing inflammation in joints and other tissues. A gentle, but firm rub while submerged can go a long way to improving circulation and arterial health.
Improve sleep quality.
Among many other cues, your mind relies on your body temperature to determine whether it’s time to sleep or wake. At night, your body temperature cools slightly, signaling to your brain that it’s time to release melatonin and prepare for sleep. When you take a warm bath at night, your body heats up thanks to the water. Then, when you get out of the bath, the water evaporates from your skin, cooling you down—and signaling to your brain that it’s time to sleep.
I hope you are getting ready to run yourself a bath - and if you'd like to take your quest for detox a little further, give my free 4-Day Mini Cleanse a try! It includes 4 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, snack and dessert options, plus supporting detox tools and guidelines. I promise, if you follow this 4 day guide, you'll feel lighter and brighter!
With love & smiles,