Some baths don't just cleanse the skin- some of them pull toxins out of your body too, ensuring you remain healthier overall. 

"Toxins in the body" is sometimes dismissed as mumbo-jumbo. But we do live in a pretty toxic world. Most of us live in spots where the air, the water, or both are filled up with stuff you wouldn't voluntarily stick in your mouth or inhale. There's a fair amount of crap in our food too, even if you try to stick to mostly vegetables, grains, and lean meats. Sometimes it feels like there's no way to escape all this stuff, but that doesn't mean we have to just lie down, take it, and let ourselves get poisoned. 

Despite the general reputation of the whole "detoxification" thing, actual physicians do endorse the detox approach, and detox baths in particular. For example, Dr. Hazel Parcells talks about how 65% of body cleansing is achieved via the skin. 

So we're not talking about drinking nothing but hot water and lemon juice for a week, like some crazy people like to suggest.

Baths, at least, seem to make some sense. We already know that toxin removal is the purpose of good old-fashioned manly sweat. Sweat cools you down, but it's also part of the body's waste removal system.

So while detox baths probably won't make you 80 pounds lighter by Tuesday, cure cancer, or make you any sexier, they probably won't hurt, either. They may even support your immune system in subtle ways. And not getting sick tends to be more effective than attempting to cure a disease you've already got. As long as you take the wilder claims with a grain of...er...salt...you might find them to be quite beneficial indeed.

 

So how do you do it?

To uncover the answer we checked with Mom—specifically, the blogger known as Wellness Mama. Wellness Mama offered several interesting recipes.

One is a salt, baking soda, and vinegar bath. This uses both sea salt and Epsom salt. You can also add essential oils. If you want, ManSalt can easily be substituted for both the Epsom salt and the sea salt, which is pretty great news if you want to cut that vinegar stench. 

Note that you don't just dump all this stuff in the bathtub. You actually need to prep it first. You're supposed to dissolve the salt and baking soda in boiling water. You add this mixture along with the vinegar as you're running your bath.

Wellness Mama recommends soaking for at least thirty minutes.

Apparently skipping the vinegar isn't a huge deal if you just can't stand it, by the way. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, promotes a very similar formula he calls the "Ultra Bath." The only difference is the omission of the apple cider vinegar.

If the good doctor is to be believed, this particular recipe carries a host of major benefits. His detox bath recipe is supposed to lower your cortisol, reduce inflammation, promote weight loss, help you sleep, improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure, and detox you. If you have high blood pressure it might be interesting to see if you could lower it over time by using these baths, but there are no guarantees.

A second recipe mixes Bentonite clay with Epsom salt. Again, you could easily substitute your ManSalt here.

Bentonite clay is considered to be a healing clay. It's made out of volcanic ash. It's been a traditional method for boosting the immune system for centuries now. A lot of people ingest the stuff. We're a little dubious about eating clay, but hey, there's nothing wrong with bathing in the stuff. The clay is supposed to bind to heavy metal toxins, then pull them from the body.

 

C'mon, does this stuff really work?

There are not a lot of scientific studies about the benefits of detoxing, it's true. Whether that's due to a lack of interest, a lack of funding, or a lack of results is anyone's guess. Our advice? Try it for yourself and see if you feel any better. If a detox bath makes you feel a lot more on top of your game and ready to kick a bunch more ass, then a detox bath is a good thing, and who the hell cares what anyone else thinks?

If it doesn't, well, plain old ManSalt will still help you relax, ease tired muscles, and recover faster from your workouts. A ManSalt bath will also raise your magnesium levels, something which actually has been covered in a scientific study. Finally- and you don't need science to tell you this one- ManSalt will leave you smelling fantastic. Those are benefits you can get behind no matter what...whether you choose to combine ManSalt with other substances or not.

 

Other places to get detox bath recipes:

If you think the concept of starting a detox bath regimen sounds kind of awesome, you don't have to restrict yourself to the recipes we've shared here. There are quite a few other ones out there. Here are a few places to find them:

Some of these sites are a little, ahem, feminine, but if the recipes have got the goods then who the heck cares? And why should the ladies reap all of the detox benefits anyway? Let's take back our baths and recognize that we could use better circulation, lower stress, and fewer nasty things in our own blood streams, too. 

 

Sources:

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/detox-baths-which-ones-are-best-and-for-what-ailments/?

http://wellnessmama.com/8331/detox-bath-recipes/

http://www.danielplan.com/healthyhabits/ultrabath/

http://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/

http://draxe.com/detox-bath-recipes/

http://www.blenderbabes.com/articles/beauty/5-easy-diy-homemade-detox-bath-recipes-for-arthritis-depression-fatigue-headaches-and-more/