So, you’re trying to lose some weight. That’s an excellent goal! You’ve surely heard that you need to eat healthy, drop the sugary snacks and baked goods from your diet, and get some exercise on a regular basis. Maybe you also know that it’s important to get enough sleep when undergoing any lifestyle change. However, have you heard that a detox bath may help you in your weight loss efforts?
What is a detox bath?
A detox bath is all about helping you cleanse your body of toxins. How can this help you to lose weight, you may ask? While it won’t melt away the pounds on its own, a detox bath can help to bring your body back into balance. When your body is free of toxins, it may be able to absorb and utilize nutrients better, and your metabolism may work more efficiently. Many ingredients in detox baths are anti-inflammatory, and as inflammation may get in the way of healthy weight loss efforts, taking steps to lower it can be greatly beneficial.
Furthermore, these baths can be highly relaxing. When you take steps to manage your stress, it can be much easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle regimen. You may also feel more balanced, and thus less likely to engage in emotional eating. Don’t think of a detox bath as a magic weight loss cure — you still need to eat healthily and get regular exercise — but they may aid you on your path.
The following are nine great detox baths to try:
1. Simple Epsom salt bath
Epsom salts are composed of magnesium and sulfate, both of which are wonderful for detoxification. Magnesium is vital for controlling inflammation throughout the body, and sulfate helps to draw toxins out of your system. Epsom salts have long been used for many purposes, such as soothing sore muscles and achieving softer skin, but they can also be great for a detox bath.
To use, simply pour a tablespoon or two of Epsom salts into your warm bath as it is filling up. You can add more over time, up to a cup or two. Do this gradually to avoid detoxifying too quickly — this can make you feel ill, so it’s always better to start slow.
2. Apple cider vinegar and Epsom salt bath
Apple cider vinegar is a great boost to a weight loss program when added to a glass of water and sipped, but it can also be a great addition to a detox bath. Simply add a tablespoon of Epsom salts to your bath, then add about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Doing this may help you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
3. Sea salt bath
As an alternative to using Epsom salts, you could add a tablespoon or two of sea salt to your bath. Sea salt helps to naturally draw toxins out of your body, and can also leave you with a burst of energy. Be sure to purchase high-quality, unrefined sea salt from a source you trust for maximum benefits without the additives.
4. Ginger bath
Ginger is a potent natural anti-inflammatory. This rhizome also has a natural heating effect, which allows your body to release toxins through your sweat. As your bath is filling up, add about three tablespoons of fresh, peeled, grated ginger. You can also add Epsom salts to this bath for extra oomph.
5. Citrus essential oil bath
Certain essential oils are great for regulating metabolism. These include many citrus essential oils, such as lemon and grapefruit. Simply add a few drops of your favorite citrus oils to your bath, adding no more than 20 drops of oil in total. Be sure to only purchase high-quality therapeutic grade oils from a source you trust — there are many imposters on the market.
6. Peppermint bath
To fight fatigue while regulating your metabolism and endocrine system, add some peppermint essential oil to your bath. This will also help you to feel fresh, clean and energized. Add no more than 20 drops and be careful not to get this oil in your eyes. You could also add some fresh peppermint leaves to your bath for an extra luxury factor.
7. Eucalyptus bath
Another great detoxifying essential oil is eucalyptus; it has potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil can also help you to breathe better if you’ve been feeling congested. Add no more than 20 drops, and throw in some Epsom salts or sea salt if you like.
8. Lavender and tea tree oil bath
For a bath that is both soothing and detoxifying, add some lavender essential oil and tea tree oil. Lavender is one of the gentlest essential oils out there, and it has been used for centuries to help relieve stress and promote restful sleep. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal and detoxifying properties. Together, this bath can be a real win. Along with the essential oils, you could place some lavender flowers in your bath for a beautiful, meditative experience.
9. Baking soda detox bath
Adding baking soda to your bath can help you to unwind and deeply cleanse your body. Simply add a tablespoon or two to your bath, relax and wash your cares away.
A few pointers for a great detox bath
First of all, before doing any kind of detox, talk to a health professional you trust to make sure it is safe for your individual health — better safe than sorry. In addition:
- Make sure your detox bath is very warm, but not too hot.
- Drink plenty of water before getting in the bath.
- Bring a bottle of water to sip on so you don’t get dehydrated.
- Have a cool towel on hand to cool your head and face as you soak.
Make sure not to stay in a detox bath longer than 30 minutes. If you feel yourself getting lightheaded, or if you’re simply feeling off, exit the bath immediately. Put on a robe right after your bath to keep warm, and drink plenty of cool water. Take it easy for a few hours and let your body relax. Give your body a break between detox baths — don’t take more than three detox baths per week.
Do you have any other pointers or recipes for a great detox bath? Please let us know!
— Tanya Mead