New studies show that a 20 minute bath can flush out contaminants linked to stress, tiredness and weight gain!
Chemical hazards are impossible to avoid--just look at the wave of studies showing that toxins can leach from water bottles, laundry detergent and even pizza boxes. This may seem scary, considering that toxic buildup in the body has been linked to stress, fatigue, weight gain and mood disturbances. But avioding these symptoms is easy:
Just Soak In The Tub!
"By inducing perspiration, hot baths spur the release of toxins from waste-carrying lymph channels just beneath the skin", explains Ann Louise Gittleman, PH.D, author of The Fast Track Detox Diet. Also, some easy tub mix-ins can enhance the benefits of a bath even further.
Toss In Epsom Salts
Soaking in hot water infused with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) boosts blood levels of magnesium by up to 34 percent in one week, according to research conducted at the University of Birmingham School of Biosciences in the United Kingdom. That's great news for women, especially those who are anxious or tense. "The body requires magnesium to manufacture the enzymes quinone reductase and glutathione S-transferase, which assist in neutralizing the eliminationg chemical toxins," says Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle. "Plus, magnesium plays a key role in regulating nerve and muscle activity to protect the body against stress."
To Get The Benefits: pour the study-backed amount of 1 cup of Epsom salts into running water as you fill the tub, then soak.
ACHY ALL OVER?
Try A Salt And Soda Combo
The pH of bathwater can make a big difference in how the body eliminates toxins. "The body produces acidic waste as a natural by-product of metabolism, and waste buildup can slow the flow of lymph", says Gittleman. The result is often a backlog of toxins that can trigger cellular inflammation and lead to body aches, fatigue and brain fog." Fortunately, soaking in alkaline water can help rebalance internal pH. In fact, this soothing strategy can diminish cellular inflammation and reduce related symptoms by up to 44 percent, according to studies at Israel's Soroka medical Center and elsewhere.
To Get The Benefits:
Add 2 cups of kosher salt and 2 cups of baking soda to hot bathwater.
Soak In Seaweed
Health expers have long known that the minerals in seaweed have a strong ionic charge that draws toxins out of bodily cells. But that's not all: seaweed also pulls in key nutirents that smooth cellulite and release trapped fat. "Seaweek particularly that bladder wrack and laminaria varieties, are rich in iodine, and element that optimizes function of the thyroid gland to speed metabolism and rev production f the fat burning enzyme lipase," says Dr. Dean. Plus, seaweed contains alginates, polymers that enhance skin suppleness and combat saggin skin.
To Get The Benefits:
A seaweed blend that delivers the perks when used once a week: Crystal Star Hot Seaweed Bat ($11 for 2oz at www.houseofnutrition.com)
MAKE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER IS YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH ISSUES SUCH AS DIABETES "BEFORE" YOU DO THESE.