A successful detox program involves both allowing your body to release accumulated toxins from your cells as well as helping it flush those toxins out of your system. Without proper elimination, those newly released toxins could continue to circulate throughout your blood steam and end up becoming lodged in your cells all over again. That’s why it’s important to drink a lot of water and get enough fiber, either through fiber-rich foods or supplements. Fiber bonds to toxins, helping to draw them out of the body.
Toxins can also exit your body through your skin. In my case, it seems as if all of my newly released toxins have been attempting to make their way out via my chin and jaw line, if a slew of recent breakouts is any indication. So I was looking forward to giving them another means of exiting with my new LL’s Magnetic Clay Detox Bath kit. The theory behind detoxifying clay baths is that the warm bathwater opens your pores, allowing the clay to attract and soak up toxins located under the skin. According to the instructional booklet, laboratory tests have confirmed that clay detox bath can greatly reduce toxic levels of heavy metals and other chemicals in the body. Testimonials from the web site report that clay baths have helped people quit smoking, overcome fatigue, sleep better, and feel mentally refreshed.
I’ve had a rough week , and felt kind of cruddy all weekend, so I figured a nice detoxifying bath would be a good way to end my Sunday evening. Preparing for a clay bath is a little more involved than your average bubble bath. The kit comes with a packet of herbs to mix in. I have no idea what’s in the herbal mixture but it smelled divine — like an Indian spice shop, but not overwhelming. To keep the clay from clumping, the instructional booklet recommends mixing small amounts in a blender. That just seemed like a big mess waiting to happen (and I use my blender every morning for smoothies, so I didn’t want to risk gunking it up), so I decided to whisk small amounts of the clay in a bowl instead. That seemed to work fine, as long as I worked with about a half cup at a time. I let the bath water run slowly so I had plenty of time to whisk it all up and add it to the tub. (The clay is safe for pipes as long as it’s well dissolved. You also get a mesh screen to put over your tub drain to make sure no large clumps sneak through.)
When I stepped into the bath, there was a sludge on the bottom of the tub. Be careful — they aren’t joking when they say this stuff is slippery! To try to maximize my benefits as well as break up any clumps, I scooped up handfuls of the sludge and spread them on my skin. After a few minutes, there wasn’t enough solid matter left for me to get my hands on, so I just submerged myself and waited. I stayed in for a full 20 minutes (the instructions recommend varying durations depending on your overall health and perceived level of toxicity).
The magnetic clay web site says that as toxins are pulled out of the body, the bath water or the clay itself may darken or even turn black. You can set aside a spoonful of the clay mixture before taking your bath for comparison’s sake. I forgot to do this, but it did seem like the water turned from a brownish color to a darker gray.
Afterwards, I felt refreshed but completely relaxed, and any traces of the headache I’d been nursing all day were gone. My skin felt smooth, too, as if I’d scrubbed it. Since the instructions say that you can also lose important minerals during the detoxification process, I followed my bath with an application of my Ancient Minerals magnesium gel and then read for a little while before bed. I felt ready to go to sleep but not exhausted. And I even woke up today feeling more refreshed than usual. Anything that can accomplish that definitely earns a regular place in my routine.
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