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Thyroid Health – Thyroid Friendlier Bath Soaks

Thyroid-Friendlier Bath Soaks Lavender Epsom Salt

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute
Virtual clinic serving the US and globally
support@kasiakines.com

Thyroid friendlier bath soaks are a very exciting topic. I can’t wait to share with you what I have learned recently. I am writing this blog at the very beginning of winter here in Maryland because I want to share the benefits of a hot bath soak with you, and while the exposure to fluoride and chlorine have always bothered me (that is the fact alone bothers me), a soak done right can really make a difference for you, and I have some very cool solutions for you today!

You must hear my personal story. I developed hypothyroidism as a result of sustained long-term stress and overwork, not iodine deficiency or Hashimoto’s. The tipping point was one November when I flooded the kitchen from my bathtub. You see, soaking in the bathtub even every evening was my go-to for stress relief, especially in fall and winter. When the bathtub broke down, I did not have the funds to fix it, and I rightly feared I feared I really needed to gut the bathroom, while I did not have the funds for it. I knew I was going into the winter with no soaking to be done!!! And that is when my thyroid finally went down. You see, stress (cortisol) can affect your body’s ability to convert T4 into the active T3 and it can cause your Reverse T3 to jump at the same time. I bet my cortisol shot up when I realized I had a long winter of being cold and bathtub-less!!!! Reverse T3 competes with T3 at cell receptor sites. It is the T3 that you need to bind to the cells and not RT3. And that was my story. It took me a year to gut the bathroom and it was the hardest and longest winter indeed. There is just nothing better in the world than soaking in the bathtub. This winter, I have a brand new soaking tub, and my thyroid is very happy. I am trying to be thyroid-friendlier myself.

Thyroid Friendlier Bath Soaks To-Do-List:

  1. Minimize fluoride in the water
  2. Minimize chlorine in the water
  3. Add Epsom salts 1/2 cup to 1 cup
  4. Add some baking soda (aluminum –free); around ¼ cup
  5. Add just a few drops of essential oil of lavender
  6. Turn off the light and light a few candles to tell your brain that the sun is setting and it is time to rest

Thyroid Friendlier Bath Soaks: Fluoride and Iodine

The bad news: so far there is no water filter for a bathtub OR a shower head that removes fluoride. We do know that fluoride can affect your thyroid. If you find one, let me know. The good news is that you would have to also be iodine deficient for fluoride to affect your thyroid. That is the best I can do so far.

Solutions: Make sure you have adequate iodine in your diet. It is so important.

How to get enough iodine in your diet? I take a daily isotonic multivitamin with the standard 150mcg iodine from kelp, and I pick seaweeds whenever I can if I go out to a Japanese restaurant (in a soup or seaweed salad). I also use seaweeds in cooking – I love making my own miso soup, for example. If you cannot tolerate soy, you can get soy-free miso paste, so there are no excuses. Look for my miso soup recipe on my recipe page to try it! When I tested my iodine level, I had more than I needed.

Japanese seaweed and radiation from Fukushima? It is a valid concern Japanese seaweeds might be contaminated. But we have a great resource In the USA with fantastic seaweeds from the coast of Maine. This is as far from Japan as you can get. You have to buy a 25-pound bag, so you will share with a lot of like-minded friends.

Hashimoto’s and Iodine? In that case, you just need to cover your basis, such as 150mcg in a multi. That is typically safe. More can aggravate Hashimoto’s.

Thyroid Friendlier Bath Soaks: Chlorine

The bad news: Chlorine, like fluoride, can be toxic to your thyroid (its toxicity is not limited to thyroid, I am afraid, but that is a different story). Like Fluoride, it is a halogen and will compete with iodine, so do make sure you have your iodine covered.

The Good news: I am particularly excited about what I am about to share with you. Over the years, I have used various water filters for the soaking bathtub… either hanging from the faucet or floating in the water….nothing perfect. There was no way to take all chlorine out no matter what I used.

Vitamin C: I finally found a product that is safe, simple, and very inexpensive, that eliminates 100% chlorine. I just placed an order online for 100 tablets, paying nor much more than $20 dollars. This will cover 100 baths! So while we still have a problem with fluoride, at least, we can completely eliminate chlorine. This can be very helpful also when you have a sensitive skin or you have a baby or a child, as chlorine can be very irritating. I read many reviews and I look forward to hearing from you too.

Effervescent Vitamin C Dechlorination Tablets from Vitabath

Effervescent Vitamin C Dechlorination Tablets from Vitabath

  • Dechlorination agent: 100% Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamin C.
  • Totally remove chlorine and chloramines from your hot tub and spas.
  • Improve skin and hair.
  • Relief from dry, itchy skin.
  • Meets the dechlorination requirements of the US EPAs Clean Water Act.
  • Environmentally safe.
  • Contains a nutrient which is essential for the health.
  • 100% organic.

Thyroid friendlier bath soaks: Why Epsom Salt

Yes, I do want you to make a point of you getting Epsom salts and adding it to the soaking bath. As you remember, stress was the sole cause of my hypothyroid function. Epsom salts are very inexpensive (always a plus) and are high in magnesium. Magnesium can enter right into your muscles through the pores of your skin as you soak in the bath- tub. Magnesium is responsible for every muscle relaxation after every muscle contraction (all muscles, including your heart). When I do analysis of my patients’ food logs, most do not get adequate magnesium in their diet. Research confirms that we are notoriously deficient in this important mineral. Did you know that anxiety, PMS and muscle cramping can all be caused by deficiency of Mangesium?

As you see soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt can contribute to your wellbeing, turn down the stress response and give you the relaxation you need at the end of the day. Here is my podcast on Magnesium, if you want to know more.

Epsom salt has one more benefit: it contains sulfate, which is very soothing to the gastrointestinal lining, among other jobs.

At least now we can all enjoy the winter with less guilt about fluoride and chlorine, soaking our heart’s desire in a Thyroid-Friendlier bath Soak! Or at least I will!

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute
Virtual clinic serving the US and globally
support@kasiakines.com

12 Comments

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    Posted on January 17, 2016 at 5:52 PM by heather

    I also use bokek-dead sea salts. I don’t know for sure if they are any better than store bought epsom, but when I use this in the bath regularly, my scalp psoriasis is dramatically improved.

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    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM by Jill

    Hi Kasia! I think there’s a typo in your great article – Vitabath tablets come in a box of 100 (one hundred) not 1000 (one thousand). Still a great deal!

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    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 6:06 PM by Diane Bark

    I soak every night in an epsom salt bath. Will get those Vitabath tablets.

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    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 8:59 PM by Hanna

    Always great advice at the right time of the year !
    Thank you Kasia !
    You are the best !

  5. Kasia Kines

    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 9:42 PM by Kasia Kines

    My pleasure: to Your Health in 2017 Haniu!

  6. Kasia Kines

    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 9:43 PM by Kasia Kines

    You will love how the water will smell. It is so lovely to get rid of the chlorine smell.

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    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:54 PM by Kim Cooperman

    Hi Kasia, Happy New Year! Just wanted to share the reminder that stress can also cause you to “dump” both Magnesium and Zinc in favor of copper. So even if you get enough through diet or supps (assuming you are absorbing enough) you can still end up low from time to time. This was a surprising result which showed up for me numerous times on a Nutreval. Thanks for your great posts! 🙂 Love my baths too! Thankfully we are on a well and water tests great through UL Labs thanks to filtration we have. I am going to get the Vitabath too! Extra C never hurts!

  8. Kasia Kines

    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:59 PM by Kasia Kines

    That is so true! Congratulations on the water filtration system. The extra benefit of Epsom salts is the relaxation itself that they promote, with a little help of the magnesium in it. At least at the time of enjoying your bath soak, you will be able to turn off that stress response and all the wonderful nutrients it causes the body to leach. Testing is great, isn’t it? I have started to use Nutreval more with my patients. Happy New Year!

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    Posted on March 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM by Nancy Bjork

    We have a whole house water filter on the house. I noticed the difference in the water quality as I no longer get light headed in hot showers. However, I do not know if the type of filter specifically filters out chlorine or floride. When my husband put it in, I was too sick to remember anything. Now we can’t find paperwork. Is there no way to filter floride from our water? I drink a lot of this water daily.

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    Posted on March 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM by Kasia Kines

    Nancy, thank you for checking in here!! The easiest way to find out about fluoride is to call the company and ask them. Many good filters filter out some fluoride, but fluoride is much harder to filter out than chlorine. Any filter will take chlorine out, so that is not a concern. Also, check with your city if your water is fluoridated in the first place. 75% is in the US. For example, Baltimore MD is fluoridated but Bremerton WA is not. I am curious what you will find out. So glad you got a whole house filter. I am planning on it in our next house. It is really important. Depending on your health circumstances and where you live, you may additionally want to get a sink water filter because of the metals or other materials that may be leaching from the pipes themselves on the water’s trip between the whole house water filter and your faucet. For example, copper can be detrimental. Do you know what pipes you have? I hope this helps!!!

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    Posted on March 10, 2018 at 4:22 PM by Denise

    What are your thoughts on seaweed baths if you have Hashimoto’s? I’ve read eating aweed should be avoided but a good soak??

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    Posted on June 19, 2018 at 10:57 AM by Lisa

    Thanks for the bath tips!

    How does iodine irritate Hashimoto? According to Anthony Williams, iodine is a disinfectant and Hashimoto’s root cause is a strain of the Epstein Barr Virus.

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