Chandler Bing once said, “You just sit in there stewing in your own filth,” about baths. I take the opposite view. I love bath time. Throw on some Hanson Christmas music and just relax. Don’t judge me, I can practically feel the judgement. First, Hanson is awesome. Any argument you have to refute that is inconsequential. Secondly, I live in Germany and they don’t have Thanksgiving here, so Christmas season starts after Halloween. It’s irrelevant that I started listening to Christmas music in the middle of October or that my Christmas tree is always up before Thanksgiving, even in the States.
I digress. Bath time is awesome. It doesn’t hurt that my view is pretty nice. Besides the few moments of relaxation, I made my regular bath a detox bath to help with my psoriasis. I added several ingredients to my bath that help pull out all the nastiness and leaves me chemical free. These baths are safe and child friendly, so no worries about tossing your kid into the tub to get out the gunk inside them. A detox bath done with the Shred10 is a sure way to clear your system and get it working great again.
Here’s the recipe: (cut the recipe in half for small children) 1/2 c bentonite clay 1/2 c FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth (DE) 1 c baking soda 1/2 c apple cider vinegar (ACV) 1 c epsom salt
Bentonite clay is a type of clay that comes from volcanic ash. When it’s mixed with water it becomes negatively charged. Most heavy metals are positively charged. That means the clay will pull those unhealthy metals from your body. It also can pull out viruses and bacteria and studies have shown it can kill the bacteria that causes staph. Aside from taking out harmful things, bentonite clay contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and copper, which are great for our bodies. Make sure to swish it around in the tub because it will get clumpy and stick to your tub and be difficult to clean. Not that I know that from personal experience or anything. 🙃 Another fun thing to do with bentonite clay is a face mask. Just 1 teaspoon of water and clay each and about 30 minutes and you’re gold. Do that as often as you like. I know someone that does it daily and their skin is clearer than ever.
I love diatomaceous earth and I’m only just beginning to dabble in it’s awesomeness. Before I go into all the neat ways you can use DE, I want to make it clear to use only FOOD GRADE DE, otherwise it’s toxic. Now, what is DE? It’s fossilized phytoplankton. I just think that’s so fun. It has a negative charge, similar to the bentonite clay, to draw out those heavy metals and other harmful bacteria and parasites. It’s rich in silica, which is necessary for healthy hair, skin, teeth, nails, and bones. DE is super versatile, too. You can use it to make homemade, natural body care products like deodorants, body scrubs, and with toothpaste. One of my favorite uses is pest control. Name the bug and DE can probably be used to keep it at bay. Fleas, bed bugs, spiders, roaches, slugs, beatles, roaches, ticks, and earwigs. Please be careful when using as a pest control. There are lots of little critters that we may not like, but are necessary and we don’t want to kill them. Click here for instructions on outside use. It’s also good for deodorizers and stains, like oil. 😲
Baking soda is another versatile product. Since it’s an alkaline substance, it will neutralize chemicals commonly found in water, like chlorine. Add about 5 minutes before getting into the water so the baking soda has had time to work it’s magic. I went to the BX (base exchange for non military) to get some the other day and all I could find was baking soda with Oxi Clean. Don’t get that. Go to the food section of your grocery store and get regular baking soda.
I am not a fan of vinegar. It tastes gross and smells just as bad, but it has so many benefits, sometimes I just need to plug my nose and dive in. Apple cider vinegar is one instance. ACV is amazing for detoxing, both internally and externally. As an internal detox it’ll carry out excess uric acid without the nasty side effects of most detoxes. It helps with that even in the bath because our skin absorbs all the benefits. Plus ACV helps balance pH, so it’s great for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and yeast. And the smell fades, so don’t let that deter you.
Epsom salt is high in magnesium and other minerals, so you can literally soak up those minerals instead of taking them internally. Not to mention, epsom salt helps reduce inflammation and can help heal scrapes, cuts, and bruises. All of these ingredients can be found on amazon for really good prices. Most grocery stores should have the baking soda, ACV, and epsom salt. I ordered the clay and DE online and honestly haven’t searched stores for it. I love amazon, so I just go there.
The Shred10 is a simply astounding way to detox internally. The most important part of the Shred10 is getting your JuicePlus trio and shakes. Those are going to add a ton of nutrients that most people just don’t get everyday. You also need to drink enough water and exercise daily, even if it’s just a little walk. On top of adding those to your lifestyle, you remove gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, alcohol, and caffeine. I know it sounds hard, but it really isn’t and you feel so much better.
I dreaded cutting caffeine out of my diet. Honestly, the first couple days were hard, but after my body got used to not having caffeine I began sleeping better and having more energy. Gluten and dairy are inflammatories, so they can often cause aches and pains and other random problems in every day life. I love gluten and dairy and can’t live without them, but I can detox for 10 days. I can do anything for 10 days. Refined sugars and processed foods add nasty, synthetic stuff to your food.
I was really worried that my BED would cause issues and there were times when it was very difficult. I honestly cheated a little to avoid a binge, but most people aren’t going to have that issue and there is so much support and love in our group I always find the encouragement I need. And it gives you so much energy and makes you feel good. An added bonus, is potential weight loss, but that doesn’t always happen. I thought it would be hard to find delicious food with those restrictions, but it turns out real food actually tastes way better. As always, Laura and I are happy to answer any questions or help you on your own journey and feel free to share if you think someone else can benefit.