Detox Showers – A simple detox habit everyone has time for
An important piece of the GAPS diet is detox.The diet supports detox in several ways and one very important way is through detox baths. When I think about a detox bath I picture this. Calm, relaxed, time away. It sounds wonderful!
In reality however few days have time for that sort of a bath without giving up something else important. So does this mean no detox bath most days and suffering from it? No indeed. I get in some detox every time I shower. It may not be a super long one but it happens.
First, it is important to have a filter on your shower if you have chlorine added to your water as most people do with municipal water supplies. I have one like this one from my affiliate partner Amazon.
Chlorine in bathwater has been linked to bladder cancer (story here) and is more than just a cause of rough skin and stinky baths. We tend to think of our skin as our protective covering but you absorb 60% of whatever gets onto your skin so it is important that you never touch with your bare skin something that you wouldn’t put into your mouth.
Next simply stop the drain when you take a shower. Let the tub fill up. Then add to the tub something to assist detox. Some examples are below with affiliate links to make it easier for you to find what I am talking about.
You may not have time for a long luxurious detox bath. Use what time you have. It may simply be a quick shower while doing a 5 minute detox foot bath. I try to always sit down in the water if I have time even for just a second. I figure getting the water on as much skin as possible maximizes my benefit, even if I can’t do it for long that day.
If I have more time I will do some lymphatic massage while in the tub. Starting on my face I will massage toward the center of my face then downward. Behind the ears there is a cluster of lymph nodes so massage them downward toward your neck. Then down the throat on all sides. Next starting from the fingertips “milk” your hand toward your shoulder. Continue up your arm. Spend a some extra time on your armpits, esp if it is tender. You have another cluster of lymph nodes there. Next move to your toes and the bottoms of your feet.massage toward your torso focusing on the backs of your knees and your groin. Again give extra attention to any tender areas. Finish up on your torso massaging toward your heart.
Another type of massage can be used to stimulate the immune system. You can do this one daily. Take the first two fingers of one hand and rest them on the thumb side of your opposite wrist. Lightly stroke along the bone up to your elbow. Do this 100 times. Then repeat on the other side. It only takes about a minute to do 100 strokes upward. Don’t stroke downward toward your hand. I often can feel my sinuses open up while I am doing this massage. I like to do this for my children when they are struggling with an illness it stimulates the immune system to start working.
If I have just 20 minutes to bathe I can get myself clean and get a detox bath in and the massage done all at one time. When I have only 5 minutes I still get in a quick foot bath and feel better for it.
I have added a part 2 with pictures of the lymphatic system and instructions on organ massage as well.
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