Friday, January 11

Benefits of Epsom Salt

Need relief from sore muscles?  Feeling fatigued and stressed? Are achey joints limiting your favorite activities?

A relaxing epsom salt bath might just be the perfect remedy.

Epsom salt relieves sore muscles
Epsom salt is actually a combination of magnesium and sulfate.

Magnesium is a very important mineral.  It helps keep our body in balance in numerous ways by being a "conductor" for other important body functions.

Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and kidney functions, absorbs calcium for strong bones and produces energy for our muscles to move efficiently.

Since ancient times, magnesium-rich Epsom salts have been used by healers all over the world.  Now, Epsom salt is an important tool active people, such as bootcampers, runners and cyclists, should have in their training regime.

You might already be taking magnesium supplements without even knowing it.

Magnesium is an electrolyte.  It's often found in popular sports drinks along with sodium and potassium.  But some people have difficulties absorbing magnesium from their diet.

With our skin being highly pourous, an Epsom salt bath might be the most effective way to increase your magnesium intake.



When magnesium is absorbed, it helps produce seratonin which is a mood elevating chemical. Many  anti-depressants contain seratonin. When we're stressed, it lowers levels of magnesium in our body. Take an Epsom salt bath to help replenish magnesium and increase seratonin levels.


The body's tissues can become inflammed for any number of reasons.  External and internal forces can cause inflammation in the body. Epsom salt baths have been know to reduce the inflammatory effects of muscle strains, bruises, bronchial asthma and even headaches.


Delayed onset muscle soreness is a common occurence when trying a new fitness activity like bootcamps. When you perform exercises, microscopic tears occur in the muscle. The human body has the amazing ability to repair, and strengthen, these muscles. Soaking in Epsom salt can help increase blood flow to repair these tiny tears faster.


Pour 2 cups of Epsom salt into your next bath and soak for at least 12 minutes. Some Epsom salt bath mixtures also contain a mixture of other soothing bath oils and fragrances. My favorite is a refreshing spearmint!

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