Epsom Salt Baths Are What Your Body Needs
By Brandi Monasco
Most of us have heard of Epsom salt. Many people like to soak their feet in a tub of hot water and salt to relax while some may even use Epsom salt on their garden to give their vegetables a mineral boost and to help them grow.
But what you probably did not realize is that Epsom salt is actually vital to your health.
Epsom salt is also known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, composed of the two minerals magnesium and sulfate. Both of these minerals are important for maintaining good health.
Magnesium is needed to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and to help fight inflammation. It is also important for energy production as well as creating the compounds that make up your bodily fluids and tissues.
Sulfate, or sulfur, also plays an important role in your body, being that it is the third most vital mineral that your body needs. Sulfate can be found in your skin, bones and muscles and plays an important role in all three areas. Sulfate is also responsible for the detoxification of your body as well as the conversion of vitamin B1 and biotin.
Taking an Epsom salt bath is a very effective way to absorb and benefit from these minerals. Your skin absorbs the magnesium and sulfate into your body, allowing these minerals to work.
Top Benefits Of Taking An Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salts relieve pain and cramps. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be used to help relieve pain and inflammation whether it be from asthma symptoms, a headache or sore muscles from yesterday’s intensive workout. The magnesium in Epsom salt works to alleviate pain by interfering with the neurotransmitters that are responsible for signaling pain to the brain.
This also makes Epsom salt beneficial to use for those who suffer with migraine headaches, back pain and fibromyalgia. An Epsom salt bath also helps to regulate the electrolytes in your body and improve the functioning of your nerves and muscles.
Taking an Epsom salt bath also helps to relax your body when you feel tense from the effects of stress or anxiety. When you soak in an Epsom salt bath, your skin is able to absorb the magnesium minerals from the salt. The magnesium helps to relieve stress by increasing the production of serotonin, which is a chemical that helps improve and stabilize your mood and promote well being.
While soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath may make your spirit feel better, your body relax and the pain and aches decrease, soaking in that warm bath is also good for your heart and arteries. Having adequate levels of magnesium in your body reduces your chances of eventually having a chronic condition such as high cholesterol, blood clots and heart arrhythmias.
Soaking in Epsom salt can improve your circulation and decreases inflammation as well as protect the elasticity of your arteries. With your chances of heart disease or condition lowered, it also lowers your chance of a sudden heart attack.
How To Take An Epsom Salt Bath
You will need to set aside at least 40 minutes for your bath. This includes 20 minutes for your body to remove toxins and then 20 minutes for your body to absorb minerals.
- Fill up your bath with warm water.
- Add the following amounts of Epsom salts (based on a regular sized standard bath):
- Children under 60 lbs: ½ cup of salt
- People between 60-100 lbs: 1 cup of salt
- 100-150 lbs: 1 ½ cup of salt
- 150-200 lbs: 2 cups of salt
- For every 50 lbs more: an additional ½ cup of salt
Who knew that Epsom salt baths were so beneficial for your body? Have you tried them before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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