The Benefits of Epsom Salt - Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Protect Your Heart
With the holiday season comes stress and a lot of it. While your to-do list may be a mile long, now is the perfect time to relax and take a bath with Epsom salts. Not only with this bath help relax you, but the Epsom salt offers many health benefits.
Epsom salt has been around a long time and is the go-to for athletes to combat sore muscles. Even though salt is in its name, Epsom salt is actually a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies show that, “Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.” If those benefits are not enough for you to draw a bath, here are a few more:
- Relieves Stress and Anxiety: The moment you slide into a warm bath, you may feel instantly feel less stressed. Epsom salt also helps reduce your stress because it helps your body to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical in the brain that brings an overall calm feeling to your body and mind. Epsom salt also lowers blood pressure and helps you sleep – both essential factors that can raise your stress levels too.
- Relieves Pain and Muscle Cramps: Majority of our pain comes from inflammation of the joints and muscles; this is especially true in the case of back pain. Epsom salt helps relieve the pain and the inflammation. It also will help heal skin wounds and migraine headaches.
- Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy: A short Epsom salt soak does wonders for your heart. It helps prevent heart disease and strokes. It also prevents blood clots and sudden heart attacks.
If you have a nagging pain or health problem, try Epsom salt in your bath. Be warned though that Epsom salt removes toxins from the body. This, of course, is a wonderful thing, but it can leave you very tired after bath – so bathe before bedtime. Also, since Epsom salt is so powerful, it is best to only soak for 12-20 minutes. Also, be sure to keep hydrated while in the tub.
Kiss holiday stress goodbye and relax in the tub this season. Frequent Epsom salt baths will make you feel better and look better.