Should You Detoxify With A Magnesium Bath?
Ever heard of the supposed detoxifying benefits of magnesium baths (also called Epsom salt baths)? While adding Epsom salt, a magnesium compound, to baths as a home remedy for muscle aches has been around for a while, I have not seen any research that confirms that the magnesium is the reason for the soothing comfort a warm bath can bring. Unfortunately, the same lack of research applies to the claims of magnesium baths drawing toxins from the body. That being said, there is no known harm of the Epsom salts so if you feel adding them enhances the effects of the bath, you should continue.
If a detox is something that interests you, it is important to understand that first and foremost the body does an incredible and complex job of cleansing and purifying itself – especially if you help it along by eating a healthful diet and getting regular exercise. In fact, since chronic stress plays a role similar to toxicity in the body, it is likely the bath’s value is helpful in providing some calmness and relaxation more than any other effect. Other ways to promote your body’s natural detoxification include:
- Drinking more water as a way to increase kidney health and urinary output
- Promoting sweating through the use of saunas or steam baths and regular exercise
- Helping to ensure regular elimination through daily bowel movements by consuming a diet rich in fiber from plant matter like fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stimulating deep breathing and exhaling through regular aerobic activity
- Taking milk thistle, an herbal remedy that supports liver metabolism and detoxification
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