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 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.
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.
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What other detox methods are you using? Leave a comment and let me know!