Spring Detox in Your Bathtub – Lungs, Lymph and Skin

3 simple ways to promote the detoxification of your lungs, lymphatic system and skin while you cleanse this Spring, literally! These 3 simple detoxification tips can all be done in your bathtub!

The skin is the largest organ of your body and an indicator of your health. Digestive, hormonal and immune imbalances can lead to a variety of skin conditions, such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis, dryness, excessive oil and acne.  One of the best ways to promote detoxification of the skin is to include salt baths in your routine. Salt helps to bind toxins and draw them out of the skin. A simple sea salt bath does wonders. Simply add 1 cup sea salt and 1 cup Epsom salt to your bath and soak!

The lymphatic system is like your body's sewage system. Toxins, bacteria, cancer cells and other debris all get shuttled into the lymphatic system and then transported along a system of valves to our lymph nodes where immune cells are waiting to defend us. We can help the flow of this debris, or lymph, to reach our lymph nodes by helping the vessels of this system contract and expand. How do we do that? Alternating hot and cold showers! Spend a few minutes of your shower moving between hot and cold water. To do this, at the end of your shower, turn the tap as cold as you can take it for a minute, return back to hot for a minute and repeat several times. 
To find out more ways to support your lympathic system, read my post about Dry Skin Brushing.

The lungs are an important organ of detoxification. Each time we exhale, we eliminate toxins from our body. Two great ways to promote detoxification of this system is deep breathing, which is nice to practice while you have your salt bath, or singing which may be involuntary while you do alternating hot and cold showers. Or wait, perhaps that's shrieking and perhaps that's just me because I don't like cold water! Seriously though, singing in the shower is a great way to cleanse your lungs.
To find out more about the lungs, read my posts on the Respiratory System and on Diaphragmatic Breathing