Our skin is is one of our major detoxification organs. Our ability to eliminate toxins is paramount to our ability to detoxify efficiently and stay 'healthy' and our skin forms part of our natural detoxification routes along with the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and gastrointestinal tract.
The role of the skin serves for temperature regulation, secretion and excretion. Crystal residues of food metabolites from protein and uric acid and urea are excreted through our skin. The skin is also a good route for our lymphatic system which tends to store toxins and heavy metals in fat cells and unless we mobilize and move (pump our muscles) our lymph can become stagnant and blocked. One way of helping our body to move toxins out of fat cells is to sweat through the use of saunas and steam baths.
Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has fantastic cleansing ability as well as anti-fungal properties. It leaves the skin very soft and helps soothe irritated skin. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in the bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Ginger Detox Bath
Ginger has been revered for centuries as an immune system booster. It’s a strong antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral. Ginger can increase your heat levels thus helping to sweat out toxins. Due to its heating properties, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red, so be careful with the amount you add.
For ginger baths, add half a cup of grated fresh ginger (best) or a tablespoon of ginger powder into hot water, and soak yourself for at least 20 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Bath
Add one cup of pure apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent skin softener and re-balances your skin’s PH. It’s also an effective natural treatment if you’re suffering from a fungal infection or rosacea, due to its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.