Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths: Relax and Detox

With summer fast approaching, I’ve stepped up my workouts and you probably have to. Tired and achey muscles pretty much sum it up for me.  To get feeling better and moving around a little faster, I do what I always have done and take a relaxing Epsom salt bath.  But what are Epsom salts anyway and how exactly do they help? And do they really detoxify the body? After researching the Epsom Salt Council website this is what I found out.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salts are not really salt at all.  It is a mineral made up of the compound magnesium and sulfate.   Magnesium and sulfate both play essential parts in our body function and can be easily absorbed through the skin. In an Epsom salt bath, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin which aids in the detoxification process.

The Process

A detox bath is one of the easiest at home therapies that can be done to aid and jumpstart our body’s own natural detoxification process. The skin is the largest detoxification organ in which toxins can be drawn out through perspiration. The detox bath stimulates your lymph system and increases oxygen and blood flow to your body.  This detox bath coupled with the absorbtion of the magnesium sulfate do wonders for the body and relax the mind.

Directions for the Bath

2 Cups Epsom Salt found in most drug stores

Tub of warm water – the warmest you can tolerate

Stay in for 20 minutes and drink plenty of water before and after

Optional – add baking soda to the water to dechlorinate for improved health benefits

As listed on the Epsom Salt Council website, researchers and physicians list these health benefits:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, preventing hardening of the arteries, lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells,
  • Easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.

Great How-To Detox Bath

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/detoxification-part-i-healing-waters.html

Epsom Salt Council Web Page

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/about/

Enjoy your relaxing detox bath!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

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