Posted on : 10-09-2015 | By : Stephan, The Alkaline Diet Guy | In : Alkaline Diet Health Tips, Alkaline Expert Interview, Alkaline Foods and Alkaline Body Care, Alkaline Life Style
A common misconception is that the more serious or longstanding a health concern is, the more aggressive the treatment must be. This can lead people to pursue dramatic treatments that can actually hinder their health, while overlooking simple yet powerful practices that promote it. Hydrotherapy is an example of a gentle yet powerful tool that is often overlooked. While water itself is deeply healing, adding alkaline salts further increases the therapeutic value of hydrotherapy treatments.
Benefits to Alkaline Hydrotherapy
That being said, some individuals may find initially they experience a worsening of skin symptoms – this is rare, but possible. Individuals who experience this tend to have extreme toxicities or deficiencies that need to be corrected. If you experience a worsening of symptom,s it is important that you consult with a naturopathic doctor to address the underlying factors responsible.
The physiological benefits derived from alkaline hydrotherapy include:
- Increases the elimination of chemicals via the skin, thereby preventing the accumulation of toxins and alleviating stress on other organs, particularly the kidneys.
- Effetively eliminating toxins improves the circulation of blood and lymph. This improves organ function, relieves strains on the musculoskeletal system and improves skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis,acne and cellulite.
- Facilitates the elimination of lactic acid, thereby improving muscle relaxation and recovery.
- Provides relief following a sunburn, as well as healing skin that has been chronically over-exposed to the sun
- Rehydrates the skin by causing the skin to self-oil, therefore moisturizing the skin from within
Choosing the Right Salts
- Epsom salts are great for promoting muscle relaxation. However, they do not alkalinize the water and therefore, do not facilitate detoxification the way alkaline salts do. Epsom salts can also leave the skin feeling dry as opposed to alkaline salts which promote self-oiling.
- Avoid salts that contain fragrances. Fragrance is one of the most toxic ingredients you can find in a product. One of the reasons being that companies do not need to declare what chemicals they put in their fragrances, as it is considered a trade secret. If you want a fragrance add essential oils to the bath or the salts yourself.
- Alkaline salts assist in preventing muscles from tightening (similar to epsom salts). However, they also promote muscle recovery by helping the muscles to process lactic acid and detoxify the system as a whole.
Methods of Utilizing Alkaline Hydrotherapy
Benefits: Provides maximal skin exposure to the alkaline water and therefore is the most effective application.
- Add 3 heaping tablespoons of alkaline salts to your bath tub after filling with water (approximately 36-38 degrees Celsius). The bath does not have to be hot in order to be therapeutic. If the water is too hot, you may have a hard time staying in for long periods, and emerge from the bath feeling weak and exhausted. If this is the case, try starting with the water at a cooler temperature. Because the alkaline salts cause you skin to self-oil, you will discover that you do not feel cold, even as the water cools down. Conversely, if you want the heat you can leave room in the tub to add hot water as time passes.
- Stay in the bath for at least 30 minutes, 45-60 minutes is ideal. For those with chronic concerns, longer durations are recommended (often 2 hours is the prescribed time allotment).
- After exercise to facilitate muscle recovery
- During a cold or flu, an alkaline bath helps alleviate muscle aches, control fevers and draw out the infection
- When afflicted with a virus that has skin symptoms such as: chicken pox, shingles, molluscum, measles, etc
- Following sun exposure to minimize burn & subsequent skin damage and cancer risk
- Ideally should be incorporated weekly as part of a general wellness regimen
- Performed regularly by athletes, dancers or those who are generally active (or were heavily active in the past) as a means of preventing arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
- For the eradication of ‘liver’ or ‘age’ spots
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.
- Add 1 heaping teaspoon of alkaline salts to a basin of water large enough to submerge both feet. Your feet can tolerate warmer temperatures (38-41 degrees Celsius is typically a soothing temperature for a foot bath).
- After a run/long walk or standing on your feet for a long period
- Following a sprain or strain of a toe or ankle
- As a general part of an ongoing wellness regimen
- Athletes foot and/or toenail fungus
- Specifically designed wraps can be purchased or you can improvise at home. A non-dyed cotton is the best material for a therapeutic wrap. The size and length of the wrap depends on what area of the body it’s being applied to (it should be able to wrap around the body part its being applied to 4-6 times)
- Upper Torso – you can improvise with a t-shirt. Wring it out, put it on, and then put a dry t-shirt or sweatshirt on over top. It is important to make sure you stay warm. You do not want to become chilled. If you are prone to being cold, consider bringing a hot water bottle to bed with you.
- Add 1 heaping teaspoon into a bowl of water and then soak half of the wrap and wring it out slightly. Wrap the wet half around the affected body part and continue wrapping so that the dry half of the wrap is wrapped over top of the wet half. Use safety pins to fasten it.
- Wraps are ideal to wear to while puttering at home, watching TV, or for maximal length exposure can be worn to bed.
- Strains & sprains
- Chronic injuries (i.e. frozen shoulder, knee issues, ankle weakness etc.)
- Chronic headaches or migraines (use a neck wrap – ideally wear to bed)
- Thyroid issues (neck wrap)
- You can purchase cuffs or improvise at home home by cutting the toe off a sock.
- Prepare using same salt to water ration as wraps (1 heaping teaspoon of alkaline salts in a small-medium size bowl of water).
- Dip the cuffs into the water, wring them out to desired level of dampness and then put them on.
- Like all other forms of alkaline hydrotherapy, ensure at least 30 minutes of length, but aim for longer (overnight even) if possible.
- During exercise to assist in processing & eliminating lactic acid, thereby improving muscle endurance & recovery.
- Ankle weakness/instability – this is especially important as we age for preventing falls.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Find a spray/spritz bottle of any size. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of alkaline salts for approximately ever 100 ml of water. If you find that the spray bottle is not spraying you may need to dilute the solution.
- Itch relief from bug bites or eczema
- Promotes healing and assists with disinfection of wounds.
- Skin conditions such as cellulite, acne, eczema & psoriasis – spritz the affected area daily after showering and again before bed.
- Alternatively to deodorant or anti-perspirant – it prevents body odor while also detoxifying the area. This is important since conventional anti-perspirants not only suppress the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms, but also contain many toxic substances. Aluminum, in many women’s deodorants, has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Homemade facial toner – You should only use a cleanser at night to clean off make-up and dirt that have accumulated through the day. In the morning simply wash with water and/or use a toner followed by your daily moisturizer.