Our bodies have five detox organs: Skin, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver & Intestines. These organs help to pull out toxins in our bodies that we are exposed to everyday through food, air, radioactivity, etc. If our body is healthy and our detox pathways are open and working properly (a healthy body will pull toxins out naturally) then our body does the work for us and the toxic chemicals are transported to these five organic through our lymph system and our blood. However, when these detox organs cannot eliminate the overload of toxins (our organs become overwhelmed and damaged from the toxic load of toxic chemicals coming from food, pollution, plastics, beauty products, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, over the counter pills such as Advil, Tylenol, etc.), your body will try to work to eliminate these toxins through the mucous membranes of our bodies. Gross, right? The scary part about this is that many of the symptoms we think of as common to our daily lives, are actually our bodies working overtime-trying desperately to remove these toxins that do not belong inside of it. I learned this through working with countless Integrative M.D.’s and doing years of research and reading hundreds of detox books. When I was 25 years old, on steroids, painkillers, water pills and morphine- the conventional medicine doctors never asked or thought about my detox system. They simply wanted to put a band-aid over my pain and shut me up so they could move onto the next patient. So sad-so frustrating and so painful. After dealing with this for three years, I took my health into my own hands- learned that the reason I was experiencing these symptoms was because my five detox organs were failing and my detox pathways were blocked. Here are a few of the symptoms that my Integrative M.D.’s look for to determine if a patient is toxic and if their detox system needs help.
Symptoms of Early Stage Toxic Overload:
- Excessive Urination
- Runny Nose and/or Lung Congestion, which are your mucous membrane secretions
The scary part about all of this is that these symptoms above don’t seem like much, do they? And most conventional doctors just treat them with an over-the-counter drug or an antibiotic. So sad. When these secondary mucous membranes cannot detox the toxins from your body, you will start to store the toxins in your tissues because your body can no longer excrete them. Here, your symptoms will depend on where the toxins accumulate in your body.
Symptoms of Toxic Accumulation:
- Memory Loss
- Arthritis and Gout
Again, most conventional doctors treat these symptoms with drugs and steroids and chemical cremes that are just clogging up your detox pathways even more and making your body more toxic- and more acidic- which leads to illness.
Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. They have a number of different beneficial properties and are used in gardening, household cleaning and detoxifying the body. These salts are very inexpensive and can be purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere. Using Epsom salt baths is an advanced detoxification strategy that has remarkable health benefits.
How an Epsom salt bath works:
Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s blood stream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.
Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes, helps to improve muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salts replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates. This combination helps to flush toxins from the body and helps build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.
The use of regular Epsom salt baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises and muscle soreness. It is also good for anyone dealing with chronic disease or chronic pain to do regular Epsom baths to help detoxify and de-inflame while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body.
Contraindications to Epsom baths would be if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering with cardiovascular disease should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.
How to take an Epsom salt bath:
The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.
Fill up your bath with warm water. Be sure to have a water filtration system in your house, as you don’t want to bathe in tap water that has toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:
Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.
Additional strategies to apply with an Epsom salt bath
Adding in a 1/2 cup of olive oil is also very good for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits. Adding ginger or cayenne can increase your heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins. You can add anywhere from 1 tbsp to 1/2 a cup to stimulate sweating, and these herbs are loaded with antioxidants that will enhance the detoxification process as well.
Do not use soap with an Epsom salt bath, as it will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process. Try to rest for an hour or two afterwards unless you have arthritic joints, in which case you will want to stay active as much as possible to prevent congestion in the joints.