Sleep hacking: A relaxation and detoxification bath is a great method to get high levels of magnesium into your system and to alkalize it. Usually, I get into this bath after a super hectic day or before a very important day in which I need to be on.
Below a short part of a recent webinar in which I talked about the 5 major Sleep Hacking Tips out of the Sleep Hacking Guide (You can download it via the top right corner).
The Relaxation bath is a Functional Medicine based Biohack
This is a great hack that I regularly fall back on when I feel tired and exhausted. As a plus, it greatly helps to detoxify your system.
Check out this short video here how to do it on Instagram.
I got aware of this relaxation and detox bath recipe from the functional medicine legend Dr. Mark Hyman.
For me personally, relaxation and detoxification play a big role to keep me well, focused and strong.
What you need to consider in regards to Detoxification
These days I only advise using functional medicine based detoxification protocols.
Safe clinical detoxification is an art and a science. You see toxins get secreted either via the stool, the urine or your skin through perspiration.
When your gut is still leaky – it’s a problem. In this case, you need to first complete a 4 R’s gut healing program.
As well if you are too acidic your kidneys will not work optimally either to move the toxins from your blood into the urine.
As a prerequisite to more intense detoxification, I advise that your diet should be as solid as possible (Bulletproof, AIP and gluten free if possible).
And, your thyroid gland and adrenals should be well to a great extent and adequate gut health is a must for this one!
This is what you will need for the gentle Detoxification bath
Before you can get into your bath you need to gather a few ingredients. I suggest you order some big buckets of magnesium sulfite and bicarb soda.
You can get 5kg buckets for peanuts via Amazon and then you can add in herbs and essential oils into your bath as needed.
There are detox baths offers in health food shops already premixed. I advise against them because often colorings or other chemicals are added.
I’d like to be in control of what goes into the bath. And on top, you will save a lot of money ordering bigger buckets.
- Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts)
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarb Soda)
- Buffered Vitamin C
- Essential Oils of your choice
Preparations for the Detoxification Bath
- Here in Germany, we have great water quality. Use a filter if you have chlorinated water because of the toxic chloroform released. You don’t want to compound the problem.
- Clean the bathtub with nontoxic cleaning materials. (I recommend Seventh Generation or Earth Friendly Products.)
- It’s time to get hot water into your bathtub… Use water as hot as you can tolerate and make it as deep as possible. For best results, you want to be immersed up to your neck.
- Here a hint: start with five minutes in the bath at a time. To stay hydrated drink 250ml of filtered water before, during, and after the bath. This is important!
- Now you can have a shower. Use soap, wash your hair, and perform skin brushing after the bath. This will drive out toxins via the lymphatic system.
- As well I advise on taking 2000 milligrams of buffered vitamin C after your bath this will help with detoxification.
Detox Bath: Step by Step Instruction
- Add Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) to the hot water. Start with a quarter of a cup and build up to two cups in the bath over time – but remember to start slow! The magnesium will be absorbed through the skin, as is the sulfate. Both of these are critical for essential detoxification processes in the body. Your circulation and perspiration will increase as well!
- Add 250gr of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to the hot bathtub. This will help with acid/alkaline and mineral balance. Now get into the bathtub and mix the magnesium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate well with the bathing water.
- After your deeply relaxing time in the bathtub get out of the bath very slowly. It’s possible that you might feel dizzy or slightly weak because your blood vessels are all dilated.
- If you like you can add essential oils such as lavender, geranium, or sandalwood to facilitate a deeper level of relaxation.
- For a more invigorating bath try to add juniper, cinnamon, bergamot, or rosemary. Some commercial blends, designed for detoxification, are also available.
- For the essential oils use 8-ten drops in a hot bath. Before you use an essential oil, put a few drops behind your ear and leave for a day. In this way, you can check for an allergic reaction.
Cold Therapy after Your Detoxification Bath
- Consider alternating hot and cold showers (check out the Wim Hof Method). Begin with a warm shower and increase until it is as hot as you can tolerate. Then just switch to a cold shower for about fifteen seconds. Then switch back again. Repeat this several times. I love these!
- According to Dr. Mark Hyman, cold immersion therapy can also boost immunity and help with fatigue, chronic pain, poor circulation, and menopausal symptoms.
- Please don’t apply any of these tactics if you are still struggling with suboptimal thyroid and adrenal function. I
- In my opinion, clinical detoxification is safest after the completion of a 4 R’s gut healing program.
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