6 Adjuncts to Detoxification

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There are many natural ways to detox your body. If you have never tried any of the methods suggested below and in the linky, please use common sense and caution as you approach these procedures. Start slowly and gradually work up to the suggested amount to make sure you can tolerate the detox method. Just as you would take a small amount of a new food, the same goes for these adjunctive procedures. That said, here are some interesting and effective ways to help your detoxification goal along.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom Salt baths are a well known method for use in detoxification. The magnesium sulfate in the salts help to detoxify in a similar way that sulfur springs work — with medicinal and cleansing actions. It is actually the sulfur in the epsom salts that drives the detox.

Sulfate is needed for formation of proteins in joints. Sulfate is essential in forming the mucin proteins which line the gut walls. It is necessary for the formation of brain tissue.

Sulfation is a major pathway in detoxifying drugs and environmental contaminants. Absorption of sulfate through the oxidation of cysteine and methionine may occur in the gut, but this is not optimal in most people. Sulfate is not easily absorbed across the gut wall. However, it has been shown that it can be absorbed through the skin.

Begin with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts. Gradually increase the amount with each bath until you are using 1 cup per tub of clean water. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. If you have symptoms at any particular level, stay at that level until you can soak for 30 minutes, symptom free.

Baking Soda Baths

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, restores the acid/alkaline balance through osmosis. Baking soda is especially great for soothing skin rashes, and can even help chronic problems like eczema and psoriasis. There are some claims that it helps counter the negative effects of radiation (whether from the sun or from x-rays, cancer treatments, etc). Baking soda may also help drain the lymphatic system of toxins and disease. After a massage or any kind of bodywork, it is wise to take a baking soda bath.

It is good to alternate the soda baths and the salt baths —  one day epsom salts, the next day baking soda. Here again, start with 1/4 cup and work your way  up to 1 cup in the tub. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes.

Magnesium Salt Baths

Magnesium salt baths can actually provide magnesium through the skin. Most people are magnesium deficient and will benefit from this type of bath, especially if there are absorption problems in the gut.

Magnesium is critical for heart function, bone density (some say it is just as important as calcium), muscle relaxation (prevents muscle cramping especially at night), sound sleep, migraines and it is a co-factor in over 300 metabolic reactions in the body, just to mention a few of the important functions of magnesium.

Magnesium flakes may also be used in the bath and magnesium oil may be sprayed onto the skin. Magnesium is highly absorbable through the skin.

Other Baths

Other baths include:

  • Apple-cider vinegar baths also alkalize the skin. Start with 1/4 cup working up to 1 cup.
  • Ginger root baths cause sweating and this draws toxins to the surface of the skin. Cut a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger root and cut into small pieces. Put in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and steep for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and pour the liquid into a tub of warm water. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • There are also many herbal tea baths such as, catnip, yarrow, boneset, chamomile, peppermint, etc. However, sensitive individuals may not tolerate some of them.
  • Sea salt baths (as opposed to refined table salt) contain lots of minerals, which may differ according to which area of the world they are from. Be sure to use only unrefined salts. Salts from the Dead Sea and Celtic Sea Salts are considered high quality.

If you are reluctant to soak in a whole tub of any of these remedies, you may first try a foot bath. Fill a bucket or pail with enough water to cover your feet. Use about 2 – 4  tablespoons of the remedy in warm water. Soak your feet for 20 – 30 minutes.

Near infrared lamp sauna

This particular type of sauna uses infrared heat lamps as the heat source.  It is very deeply penetrating and does not emit any harmful electromagnetic fields. The heat of near infrared promotes rapid sweating and effective detox.

This modality obviously requires you to know of a practitioner who has this equipment.

Coffee Enemas

The coffee enema is a coffee implant or a retention enema.  This means that one implants or applies the diluted coffee into the colon, and the procedure is to retain the coffee mixture for 15-20 minutes.

The coffee enema is very specific for the liver, and greatly enhances detoxification in the liver. Dr.Max Gerson used it in his clinic for cancer therapy with great success. Other practitioners use it for other serious illnesses when the need for detoxification is part of the therapy.

You should be under the care of a qualified practitioner while doing this type of enema.

For more information about coffee enemas click here.

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  • Hanna March 15, 2012, 5:09 am

    I read your link for the coffee emenas.
    Just like to point out that I researched it myself and all scientific articles I could find stated further research is needed into the subject.
    I also found some on proctocolitis (swelling of colon and rectum) caused by coffee emenas.
    Also the bacteria in the colon and large intestine creates vitamin B12 and vitamin K (need in blood clotting), if your cleaning out your colon on a daily bases isnt this going to effect the intake of these vitamins?

    • Jill March 15, 2012, 9:42 am

      Hi Hanna,
      I would love to see the references for the research you did. Many alternative practitioners use the coffee enemas and I have not heard about irritation being caused by them — but would love to see what you found.

      As with anything, one has to decide for themselves if this is something beneficial. It is mentioned here as one of many ways to detox.

      • Hanna March 16, 2012, 4:21 am

        Im a uni student and just typed in coffee enemas into the uni’s library and looked through the results.
        Coffee enema has been used as an alternative therapy for various diseases, including cancer and constipation (1). However, its effect has not been proven and complications are not well known. Herein, we experienced a case of proctocolitis caused by coffee enema in Korea. We suggest that coffee enema carries considerable risk of provoking unwanted complications and should be reconsidered as an alternative treatment. -.From the American Journal of Gastroenterology (2010).

        This therapy has been recommended not only to patients with cancer but also to those with chronic, degenerative diseases. In the last two years we have noted two deaths in which the common factor was the coffee enemas. – Deaths Related to Coffee Enemas, JAMA,

        The Gerson diet and coffee enemas
        Saul Green
        Nutrition Forum; Sep/Oct 1997; 14, 5; Health Module
        pg. 36 – this isnt as recent but goes on about how the Man who started this in morden medical science reasoning was wrong, but doesnt state if it works or not.

        West J Med. 1984 March; 140(3): 460.
        PMCID: PMC1021723
        Copyright notice
        Polymicrobial enteric septicemia from coffee enemas. This article is about one woman who ended up with this.

        There are some on rectal burns from coffee enemas but im guessing that is the users falt.

        There are others but I cant access them as im not at the uni.

        • Jill March 16, 2012, 6:09 am

          Hi Hannah,
          Thanks for citing the research. The American Journal of Gastroenterolgy is against anything alternative and so would find fault with any alternative therapy and call it dangerous.

          Deaths related to coffee enemas in JAMA — I’d love to see the details about the deaths. You could also say the common factor in deaths in people with cancer and degenerative illnesses was that they both had undergone radiation and/or chemotherapy. I think you will find many more deaths in that category.

          Clearly, in ANY action there is some reaction. They also still say that chiropractic treatment can be dangerous in spite of the fact of its safety record — especially compared to medication or surgery. This is the face of millions of chiropractic adjustments given every day safely. There may be one in a million adverse effects from a treatment.

          You have to do what you are comfortable with after you research it. And of course you should have the guidance of a qualified practitioner while doing coffee enemas.

          Thanks for bringing this up.

  • Alison March 15, 2012, 7:54 am

    Doesn’t commercial baking soda have aluminum in it? The aluminum free kind is pretty expensive to be putting 1c. in bath water….

    • Jill March 15, 2012, 9:39 am

      Hi Alison,
      I never thought of that — I’ll have to research if Al is absorbed through the skin — it is quite a heavy metal so may not be — Dr. Natasha has not mentioned that either.

      • Charlotte March 15, 2012, 10:03 am

        There was this post here that suggests most baking soda does not contain aluminium nowadays. I realise it’s not specifically about baking soda for anything other than food/personal use.


        I would think it should be ok if you buy from a company that sells bicarbonate of soda for personal (rather than industrial) use, eg bathing products, soap making supplies and such like, but you could always ask to be sure.

      • Tina March 15, 2012, 10:13 am

        Arm and Hammer does not contain aluminum! Yeah! If I won’t use antiperspirants or cookware with AL, I sure don’t want to bath in it. You can buy this stuff in a jumbo bag at your local warehouse club. See: http://www.gapalicious.com/2011/05/09/does-arm-and-hammer-baking-soda-contain-aluminum/

        • Solveig March 15, 2012, 1:40 pm

          I think all you folks are getting sodium bicarbonate – aka: baking soda, bicarbonate of soda, mixed up with BAKING POWDER, which DOES contain a compound of aluminum in it and a few other ingredients in the mix.

          Where do all these people get all this confusion with baking soda and baking powder? Don’t people read labels anymore? How can you possibly think there is aluminum in Arm and Hammer baking powder when all the label says is sodium bicarbonate? I don’t read any aluminum on their label. Just sodium bicarbonate.

          • Heather March 15, 2012, 1:55 pm

            Solveig, I agree. Baking powder does have aluminum added. Baking soda has nothing added, it is just bicarbonate of soda. A LOT of people get the two confused. I think it’s pretty common.

          • Charlotte March 16, 2012, 9:43 am

            It is a common mistake but not one I was making. If you read Hannahs article you will see that aluminium was used in processing in the past and therefore the product would be somewhat contaminated. Just because something is not listed on the label, you cannot assume it is not in there. Products/ingredients used in processing do not necessarily have to be listed on the label.

      • Molly March 19, 2012, 6:39 pm

        Baking POWDER has aluminum. Not baking soda.

  • Tina March 15, 2012, 9:18 am

    I have a question. I switched from using magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts) to magnesium chloride in baths. I had heard you body can’t assimilate the magnesium in the Epsom salts Is that true? If not, it seems that Epsom Salts would be the way to go as you would get double benefit – the magnesium and the sulphur.

    • Jill March 15, 2012, 9:44 am

      Hi Tina,
      I have also heard that Mag chloride is better absorbed, hence the magnesium flake bath. However, the sulfur in the epsom salts are also very beneficial. I would alternate types of baths.

    • Brittni August 9, 2012, 6:19 pm

      I have had adverse effects from absorbing too much magnesium from a magnesium chloride bath… (tempature drops and weird feelings… Really freaky. I now can’t take magnesium citrate by mouth.. It brings on mild coldness and other symptoms)

      I now only do epson/baking soda baths when I need them and haven’t had adverse effects from the epson salt. So your explanation of being unable to absorb much magnesium from epson salt seems correct. (lucky for me!)

  • Raquel March 15, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Hi would you know why I would feel nauseous after an epsom salt bath? It happened twice, maybe I used too much salts?

    • Jill March 15, 2012, 12:45 pm

      Hi Rachel,
      It should be 1 cup of salts per normal sized bath to just cover your body. If you feel nauseous you are probably detoxifying. You should also work your way up to that amount by starting at 1/4 cup. If the higher amounts cause the symptom, stay with the reduced amounts for a while.

      Also you can try a foot bath for a lesser effect.

  • Katie March 15, 2012, 12:44 pm


    I get light headed when the Epsom salt baths are too hot. When I do that I sit on the edge of my bathtub after getting out for a few minutes and drink a cup of water and lay down in the bed for a little bit and then I feel better. I always figured I was making it too hot when I feel dizzy afterwards, maybe I am wrong through.

  • Evataylor March 20, 2012, 7:07 am

    Enema Equipment is very easy to use and inexpensive.http://www.enemaequipment.us/

  • Heather March 21, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Great article. I’m using Epsom Salts as part of the detox that I’m going through right now…pretty drastic detox as I’ve tried EVERYTHING else. The detox itself makes me feel ill, but I find the baths very calming. I use 2c E.S. to 1c baking soda and a few drops of lavender. The lavender is ‘just because’. I follow up with a magnesium oil spray. Thanks for the info.

  • Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) March 21, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Interesting. I hadn’t heard of many of these methods. Should these be used along with a diet change or can you just use them every now and then?

    • Jill March 21, 2012, 6:34 pm

      Hi Steph,
      We are involved in a detox challenge right now and following the GAPS Intro diet. That also include some of the salt and soda baths. The last two options require special equipment and the coffee enemas should be done with supervision.

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