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The UltraBath

By Mark Hyman, MD

This article was originally published in The UltraSimple Diet.

The UltraBath provides many powerful benefits in one easy, 20-minute solution every day. The benefits of the UltraBath include:

  • Relaxation of your nervous system and lowering of cortisol through the use of lavender oil, which promotes weight loss and lowers inflammation.
  • Enhancement of detoxification through the effects of the magnesium and sulfur in the Epsom salts.
  • Enhanced sleep through the effects of the hot bath and magnesium.
  • Alkalinization of your body through the use of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), which promotes an ideal pH for healing, detoxification, and optimal cellular function.
  • Increased circulation and increased heart rate, which serves as a form of passive exercise.
  • Lowered blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Increased heart rate variability, a sign of a healthy nervous system and reduced stress.
  • Increased sweating and elimination of toxins.

Add 2 cups of Epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender oil to
bathwater as hot as you can tolerate.

Take a 20-minute UltraBath just before bed every night.

For extra-powerful detoxification wrap yourself in towels immediately after the bath, get in bed under the covers and sweat more for 20 minutes, then remove the towels and go to sleep. You can go directly to sleep without rinsing off after the bath.

You can also take a sauna or steam bath for up to 30 minutes per day if it is available to you.