Do you feel lethargic? or Are you forgetful? or Did you get a lot of colds and flus this winter?
One of the reasons we experience the above is that we are all toxic — it is part of living in our modern world. There are many factors that cause toxicity in our body and they are found everywhere including:
• our food
• our water
• pharmaceutical drugs
• bath and body products
• cleaning products
• pollution in our environment
I’m sure many of you have heard reports stating that our household cleaning products contain toxins that are harmful to us such as triclosan, parabens, and sulphates. There are many toxins affecting the health of our family and pets. Moreover, the average women uses 12 products a day, containing up to 168 different ingredients. Many are toxic and they are in every-thing from toothpaste to mascara.
As we absorb toxins into our bodies, they affect our immune system. When our immune system is weakened our health suffers. All one has to do is look at all the people with food sensitivities and autoimmune diseases.
Being overloaded with toxins is hard enough for the average person to deal with so add all these toxic substances to someone who is stressed, over-whelmed, anxious, or grieving and the effects can be more severe.
You can’t escape toxins they are part of our life; however, we can make healthier choices regarding the foods we eat, the cleaning and body products we use, and by regularly eliminating toxins from our bodies.
The key is how to eliminate toxins?
One of the easiest ways is through your skin. Did you know that your skin is the largest organ on your body? It is one of the main organs that assist in detoxification. You can speed the process of eliminating toxins with mas-sage, saunas, steams baths, skin brushing, and bathing.
I have always told my clients that showers are for cleaning and baths are for healing. So, let’s talk about bathing which is one of the easiest ways to detox.
Detox baths work by stimulating the body to release impurities through the skin. Basically, you sweat them out as you would in a steam bath or sauna. Epsom salts, can be added to the bathwater to help with the process. Epsom salts are not really salts it is magnesium sulphate. As magnesium is absorbed into your system it moves toxins through your body and out through your liver. Also, they stimulate our circulation which can increase oxygen in the body. Salts also lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Plus, they relax your muscles and ease stress.
Adding essential oils to your bath will aid in releasing more toxins and relieve muscle tension. They also create a soothing and relaxing experience which nurtures the mind and emotions. The best oils to use are:
• juniper berry
• cypress leaf
Below is a simple recipe for a detox bath. I’ve added some coconut oil to the recipe so be careful getting in and out of the bath because it may be slippery.
If you want to detox more you can drink a cup of ginger tea before you get into the bath. This increases the effects of the bath because you to sweat more. I’ve included a simple tea recipe that you can make yourself or you can buy ginger tea and use that.
Bathing is such a simple way to detox the body plus you are taking the time to rest and relax. It’s a true gift to self.
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