How to detoxify with a foot bath

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How to detoxify with a foot bath
Detox foot baths can rid your body of unhealthy toxins. (Foot care image by MAXFX from

Detox foot baths have been used in Asia for thousands of years as a way to reduce the toxins that accumulate in your body. Everything from the food you eat to the air you breathe can leave toxins in your body. Expelling these toxins can help your body function better and give you better overall health. Foot baths are especially useful for detoxifying, because your feet have over 4,000 pores. Taking a foot bath is also a great way to relax achy feet.

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Things you need

  • Foot bath or plastic container big enough to hold your feet.
  • Hot water
  • Epsom salts
  • Ginger
  • Tea bags
  • Mustard powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Essential oils
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Loofah or foot brush
  • Towel
  • Foot moisturising cream

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    Pour hot water into a small foot bath or a plastic container big enough to hold your feet comfortably. Test the water by submerging your elbow in the water. If it is too hot to the touch, add some cold water, until your elbow can stand being submerged in the water.

  2. 2

    Add 220 g (1 cup) of Epsom salts for every 27.2 kg (60 lb) of body weight. This is the basis for every detox foot bath.

  3. 3

    Add two tbsp of ginger or two unopened tea bags into your bath, if you are feeling tired. Both ginger and tea have rejuvenating qualities. Use two tbsp mustard powder and Cayenne powder to raise core body temperature and get rid of colds and chills. This will cause you to sweat more and expel more toxins. Add one to two tbsp of essential oils to moisturise dry skin on your feet. 474 to 711 ml (2 to 3 cups) of apple cider vinegar in your foot bath will also reduce body acidity. To get rid of bacteria on your feet, add one tsp of honey, vanilla extract and sweet almond oil. You can negate the effects of radiation by adding 440 g (2 cups) of baking soda to your foot bath.

  4. 4

    Stir all the ingredients you have chosen into your foot bath. Let your feet soak in the water mixture for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Scrub your feet with a loofah or foot brush to get rid of any dead skin. Dry your feet using a soft towel and add foot moisturising cream right away, so that it can soak in your opened pores.

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