Sunday, March 2, 2008
Hydrotherapy and Detox Cleansing
Detox days 5 and 6 completed.
Two of my favorite things to do during any cleansing program are taking saunas and mineral baths. Either a sauna or mineral bath is called for every day.
According to The 7-Day Detox Miracle, hydrotherapy has been “the cornerstone of naturopathic methods of detoxification therapy for 150 years“.
Saunas have been used for thousands of years by many cultures. In Ayuvedic medicine, as well as amongst Native American people, sweat therapy has been used for its health benefits, not only during a detox cleansing program, but as part of regular health maintenance.
The skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and sometimes known as the second kidney. Saunas stimulate detoxification through the skin. As your body heats, toxins are carried by the blood to just under the skin’s surface to be excreted through sweating. Another good side benefit is that the heat from the sauna also helps burn fat stores quickly.
Hot mineral baths of Epsom Salts(magnesium sulfate) and baking soda(sodium bicarbonate) are another simple and delightful form of hydrotherapy to enjoy during my detox cleansing or anytime, for that matter. (I wrote about it in more detail, complete with recipe here).
Magnesium is often called the relaxation or anti-stress mineral because of it’s calming effect. It’s soothing properties, along with the alkaline-balancing effects of the baking soda, induce restful sleep.
Magnesium is also known to combat acids, toxins, gases and impurities in the body. The hot water draws the toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface and the magnesium sulfate absorbs through the skin and helps draw the toxins from the body.
I like the hydrotherapy aspect of my detox cleansing. It adds a bit of a “spa” experience feel to the whole week without ever having to leave home or spend a lot of money. It leaves me with a happy, healthy, and relaxed feeling every day of the program.