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Upgrade your baths to B.E.P. baths

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For years now, I have recommended Epson salt baths as a fantastic way to help wind down the nervous system, relax the mind, and decrease muscle pain and soreness.

Recently I learned about B.E.P. baths. This stands for Baking soda, Epsom salt, and hydrogen Peroxide. 
Use a ratio is 1 cup baking soda to 4 cup of Epsom salts to 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide.

I’ve taken a few of these baths now, and I like them it better. I’ve changed my recommendation to B.E.P. baths for patients.

I like them better because of the added benefit of its skin detoxifying and clarifying properties.

Now, like a lot of things in life, the research is a little vague on the “scientific” benefits of these. 
Here’s an article to help with your own due diligence and suitability…

…however, from the direct experience of my patients, my colleagues, my friends, and myself, I can say without hesitation that these make people feel better.

Sometimes, I don’t need proof to tell me if something feels good and is a benefit to me or not.

This is one of those cases.

The best hack for sleep in a decade

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I was turned on to mouth taping about three months ago by my brother, and separately by a mentor, both of whom had been taping their mouth shut for years while sleeping.

My brother told me about James Nestor’s book “Breath.”

I am a pretty avid reader, but I still haven’t read the actual book.

However, I have listened to podcasts where Nestor has been interviewed.

The index card summary is: we are supposed to breath through our nose, not our mouth. And, many modern day health problems can be attributed to mouth breathing.

Turns out Eleven in “Stranger Things” was right.

We should breath as much as possible through our noses – like all animals on earth do.

This includes while we sleep.

Hence, mouth taping.

I use blue painter’s tape, and put a postage-sized piece on the front of my mouth right before going to bed.

It’s a game-changer.

Here’s what I’ve noticed the past few months:
1. I sleep more deeply through the night.

2. I dream more and recall dreams better.

3. I, paradoxically, experience less congestion in the morning, even though I am breathing through my nose.

4. I wake up way more rested.

Consistently the best sleep I’ve had in three years.

Do you have something that makes a huge difference for you regarding sleep?

If so, share it with me. Would love to hear what it is.

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