I’ve been listening to Grandma for the last 30 years, incorporating periodic Epsom salt baths into my overall health & fitness training regimen. I take a nice, hot, relaxing salt bath when I’m sore, sick, injured, fatigued or just feeling down. I recommend them highly when consulting with my family, practice members and friends, and they all tell me how happy they are with the results they experience using this simple, yet highly effective protocol.
Epsom salts are a form of magnesium and sulfate, two minerals that many of us suffer deficiencies due to the depletion of our soil through over-farming. Researcher Dr. Rosemary Waring demonstrated in a University of Birmingham study that both magnesium and sulfate absorb directly through the skin and that Epsom salt baths significantly raise the levels of both of these minerals in your bloodstream. As time goes on, and baths are repeated, blood levels stabilize and remain higher than before.
There are many claims to the benefits of Epsom salt baths, from relief of muscle soreness to detoxification of the body. The benefits come from the higher levels of these minerals in your body. As I always say, as long as it’s not harmful, try it yourself and see what happens! Researchers and physicians suggest these health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, as listed on the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council:
-Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to 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.
-Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and 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. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
Epsom salt is available in any market or drug store. To start, use at least two cups of Epsom salt in warm bathwater and soak 15-30 minutes two to three times a week. As you load up with these minerals, you can cut it down to once a week, but I guarantee, you’ll feel so good after a bath that you’ll want to do it as often as possible.
One of the best things to do when you have a cold is to take a hot salt bath followed by some sleep under a warm comfy blanket. It will really help your body fight the cold and get you back on track quicker.
If you really want to supersize your bath, add two cups of Kosher or sea salt and one ounce of liquid potassium available at most health food stores. Your creating a virtual “salt water ocean” of minerals and electrolytes that have many beneficial effects on your physiology. Or better yet, soak, swim or surf in any body of salt water to absorb minerals and salts. There’s a reason why you feel so fabulous when you’re on vacation enjoying the beach and water!
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