How often do you take detox baths?

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sayersn
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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure everyone has their own method, so what's yours? I'm trying to gauge how often is appropriate to help along the healing process. Once, twice a week? lol even more?

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   Posted 6/26/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Like most things with these infections, it's pretty much an individual thing. You have to find what works for you. Mine vary greatly now, but when I was first able to take the detox baths, I could only use them once a week at most. Now I can tolerate them daily, but don't usually feel it's necessary for my needs right now - my body is better able to detox on it's own.

I would still encourage you to do the other things that help the body detox on a daily basis though. Things like dry skin brushing, drinking plenty of water (preferably lemon water unless you are having a lot of muscle spasms), eating very healthy and so on.

With all of that said, I'm sitting here at my computer with my feet in a tub of water with Epsom salts and peroxide!! LOL!!
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Jen50
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   Posted 6/26/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes every day, sometimes once a week. It depends on how cruddy I'm feeling. I use Epsom salts that have lavender essential oil in them and find it super relaxing. I take them before bed and almost always wake up feeling a bit better than I did the day before.

sayersn
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   Posted 6/26/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies! So I took my first detox bath today, and went with the epsom salt, baking soda, shredded ginger recipe. Gotta say, it's brings about a pretty intense symptom reaction. I suppose that means it's working. I'll try it out a couple times a week for starters since it's quite a process to prepare. Thanks again!

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   Posted 6/26/2012 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
How long did you do it? As with most new things you introduce to your body (and everything living in it!) it can be surprisingly easy to overdo it - even with things you'd assume are so mild - like a bath! If it's too intense, I'd do a little less time - you can always work up to more later on. Making the water too hot can be really rough, too. I think when you get up to a certain temperature, it'll kill the bacteria, which is good, in one sense, but you're probably already doing that in other ways so it might be too much, giving you a herx. The ginger will bring up your body temperature, too (which is why I love it, but again, it can be rough!).

If you're going to do the baths a lot, you could try making yourself little bath kits - measure out the ingredients ahead of time and keep them in plastic bags, that way it cuts out a few extra steps! I really did love those baths - I've given them up since the weather got nice...might have to get back into that!!
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sayersn
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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hahah that's a genius idea, borderlyme! I think I might just do that actually. Only thing is the ginger is fresh, but I suppose I could preserve it once it's chopped in the refrigerator. The recipe I used calls for drawing a hot bath (within tolerable temperatures I imagine), then adding 2 cups of epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup of graded ginger- I just shredded and minced the ginger with a bit of water in a blender (quite effective).

I probably stayed in for about 30 minutes or so. Perhaps I could have cut it back on time, but I didn't know how it would affect me. The recipe actually recommended that you stay in for 40mins, whereas other sites said just 20 minutes is fine.

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   Posted 6/27/2012 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Borderlyme - water temp and staying in the bath for 30 minutes the first time can easily be overdoing it - and when a person overdoes it with detox methods, it's causes a herx. rolleyes Next time try staying in the bath for only 10 or 15 minutes and build up the amount of time that you stay in the water. Since you are only staying in the water for a short time, you can also reduce the water temperature so that it doesn't help a herx along either.

The first time I took a detox bath, it caused such an increase in my symptoms, I was bed bound for 2 days! I was absolutely overloaded with toxins! It took me a while to build up the amount of time I stayed in a detox bath to 30 minutes, but as I said in my previous post, everyone is different. I also remember trying to use those foot pad detoxing thingies - those can be pretty potent too! I had a 3 day migraine from those the first time!

Just remember that if your body is in a healing crisis (a herx), it can't heal during that time. So take it slow and build up the amount of time that you spend in a detox bath.
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List"

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

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