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A detox bath is a great natural way to pull toxins out of your body, absorb minerals, and soothe aches and pains via a gentle, natural process.
Epsom salts are composed of the naturally occurring mineral compound, magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfate are absorbed into the body via skin while soaking. Magnesium that is absorbed through the skin, bypasses the digestive tract, eliminating the possible gastrointestinal side effects of using magnesium orally.
A significant number of people are deficient in magnesium, due to the depletion of magnesium in crop soils and a diet lacking in this important mineral [R].
A study estimated the magnesium intake from food sources for women to be 261mg and 347mg for men, which is well below the RDA (320mg for women and 420mg for men) [R].
The excretion of magnesium increases and absorption decreases with age due to various chronic diseases and low intake through diet [R].
Magnesium plays an important role in many processes in the body. It helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the heart rhythm normal, and is needed for tooth and bone health. It assists with formation of brain tissue and joint proteins and can help strengthen the lining of the digestive tract which helps ensure nutrient absorption.
Sulfation is important for Phase 2 detox. Low sulfation is a problem in people with Autism, Asthma, CFS, MCS, intestinal disorders, joint disorders, migraines, etc. Dietary absorption of sulfate from food sources, across the gastrointestinal tract, is relatively inefficient so it is helpful to absorb it externally.
A detox bath that includes Epsom salt, helps restore magnesium and sulfate levels because these minerals can be absorbed so easily and efficiently through your skin. Those with gut issues, or who have problems with nutrient absorption, may find a soak to be an good method for obtaining adequate levels of magnesium.
Some doctors suggest soaking 3x/week, 15-25 minutes. You can find Epsom salt at your local grocery store, health food store, or pharmacy.
Detox Bath Recipe
20 – 30 minutes of soaking will allow the body to absorb nutrients while flushing away toxins as it sweats them out.
Soaking longer is beneficial as well. I prefer to stay in the tub for about 40 minutes.
Any time I have muscle aches, I soak in a detox bath with the above recipe. Afterward, and continuing into the following days, there is a noticeable difference. I have done a soak with plain water as a comparison and not experienced any pain relief.
A mineral soak is an inexpensive spa-like treatment you can do at home with ingredients you can find in most drug-stores.
Enjoy a detox bath whenever you feel over-stressed, are sore from physical work or exercise, or have slipped into poor eating habits and want to get back on the healthy band wagon!