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Have you even done a detox food bath?
Detox baths are often recommended with healing protocols to help detox the body from toxins and relieve die off. They particularly play a huge roll in the GAPS protocol: Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends at least one detox bath a day.
That can be quite a lot of resources! Yes, full detox baths are amazing, and you should totally take advantage of them whenever you can. Jennifer at 20 Something Allergies has a really good post about how to do full detox baths.
But what if you don’t have the time to devote to a full detox bath every day (although you should make an effort to take at least 30 minutes a day for yourself for relaxation)? What if you don’t want to fill a bath tub with water every day? What if you have multiple family members in need of baths? Detox baths can leave one sweaty, dizzy, and tired.
No shame if you can’t afford to use that much water, bath ingredients, bathroom time, and recovery time!
The great news is that there is an alternative: a detox foot bath.
The feet have the largest pores on the body. This makes them a great point for releasing toxins and absorbing good stuff – magnesium from epsom salts, essential oils, etc. It also means that a detox foot bath is a great option for those who can’t fit in a full bath.
Benefits of detox foot baths:
- Uses less water and detox bath ingredients – saving money and resources
- Allows you to easily read, do computer work, or talk with family while bathing
- Helps release toxins and promote relaxation
- Can be filled with filtered water from the shower head or boiled on the stove (if you don’t have an expensive filter for bath water)
How to Take a Detox Foot Bath
- Fill pot, pan, or bowl with hot water – as hot as you can stand. Avoid plastic if possible in favor of glass or ceramic. (or metal, but not with certain ingredients like bentonite clay)
- Add 1/4-1/2 cup total of your favorite detox bath ingredients: epsom salts, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, Redmond Bath Salt Plus (I LOVE these) etc. You can also add 2-3 drops of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus.
- Place your bath on a towel and soak your feet for up to 30 minutes, or until the water feels cool.
- Keep a glass of water nearby and drink throughout as you relax!
- When you are done, pat your feet dry with the towel and dump the water out into the sink or bathtub.
- Use the detox foot bath whenever needed. If you are doing daily detox baths, I recommend doing at least one or two full baths a week.
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