Performance problems, inflammations, pain, intolerances, dry skin: these and other chronic disorders can be caused by hyperacidity of the body.
It is caused by a stressful lifestyle, such as unhealthy food, addictive substances, or stress. To restore the acid-base equilibrium in your body, you can do yourself a great favor – for example, by taking an alkaline bath.
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Acid-Base (Im)Balance in Focus
The organism works optimally only in a certain acid-base ratio. Under healthy conditions, the body’s own internal buffer systems create an ideal balance between an acidic and alkaline environment.
However, if they are overloaded by the lifestyle, the metabolism will shift into the acidic range. Inflammation, pain, oxidative stress, skin and digestive problems all increase, and the energy metabolism and regeneration decrease. Chronic diseases can also develop.
In Such Cases, You Should, First of All, Put Your Diet to the Test
- How important are hyperacidity-forming substances such as sugar, nicotine, animal foods, alcohol, coffee, processed fats, and convenience foods?
- How important are alkaline-promoting foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit – and, of course, water?
- What internal and external stressors cause you to be only rarely satisfied and often under pressure?
Alkalizing agents that work through the skin can help, and a bath treatment is suitable for this. They stimulate the body to release excess acids and boosts blood circulation in the skin.
From What Does an Alkaline Bath Salt Consist?
The main ingredients added to the bathwater in the form of powder are sea salt, sodium carbonate (baking soda), and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
In this process, sodium bicarbonate alkalizes the bathwater and, together with the other ingredients, dissolves acids from the body. At the same time, the precious minerals are absorbed from the brine.
How Does the Preparation Look Like?
Whereas in the past hot springs were sought out for this purpose, today the bathing cure can be carried out quite simply at home: While the water is running into the tub, you add the alkaline bath additive until you reach a pH value in the alkaline range of about 8 to 9.5.
This can be easily checked with a pH measuring strip, e.g. from a pharmacy. Depending on the degree of “hardness” of the water, 3-5 tablespoons are necessary.
Tip: If you don’t have a bathtub, you can also take an alkaline foot bath – this can also have a good effect on the organism, and reduce hyperacidity.
What Happens in the Alkaline Bath?
The simple mechanisms: The alkaline water draws hyperacidity out of the body through the skin, and the pH of the bathwater drops significantly as a result – this is called Osmosis.
As is known today, toxins are first released from the surface of the skin. As a result, more acid waste products can be eliminated from the body, and furthermore, valuable minerals enter the skin. Your skin condition will improve noticeably.
By gently massaging the skin with a soft brush or washcloth for a long time, you additionally loosen dead skin cells and support metabolism and excretion.
The skin pores will open, and skin disorders, itching, and unpleasant body odor will decrease. The skin becomes soft, smooth, and rosy. Therefore, salt baths have been used since ancient times to treat psoriasis, eczema, as well as rheumatism, and stress disorders.
How Long Does an Alkaline Bath Lasts?
In contrast to normal complete baths, you can plan around one hour for an alkaline bath. However, you should not take a bath when it gets too hot, but rather at a pleasantly warm temperature (not above 38 °C). If necessary, periodically add a little hot water to maintain the temperature.
A candle and a fragrance lamp with balancing essential oils such as lavender, lemon balm, and bergamot enhance the deeply relaxing effect of the alkaline bath. However, it is preferable to avoid bath additives or aromas in order to avoid slowing down the osmotic effect and irritating the skin.
As an ideal supplement, prepare an alkaline drink beforehand, such as an alkaline tea or mineral water with a high hydrogen carbonate content.
What Does the Aftercare Look Like?
- Don’t shower off after the bath, but just gently pat yourself dry. This way the minerals remain on the skin, and in it.
- If possible, you should also exceptionally refrain from applying any cream and then rest for another 30 minutes.
What Must Be Taken Into Consideration for the Hyperacidity?
- If you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, you should consult a doctor before taking any bathing treatments.
- The bath salts must not get onto open skin areas or injured parts of the skin.
- Take an alkaline bath twice a week for four to six weeks – preferably in the evenings as a relaxing way to end the day.