Epsom Salt Bath For Stress Reduction and Detox

A Simple And Effective Way To Relieve Muscle Aches And Pain

Dealing with all of the various environmental toxins today, can be quite a load on our bodies. A simple and easy way to help combat and remove these toxins is to take a detoxification bath. In luxury spas today, as well as back through history, the use of water therapy has been extremely common. Bathing in waters infused with various healing ingredients can help to release toxins, promote energy, and increase  circulation and well being.

A healing soak can be done in your very own bathtub at home, and requires no special equipment. Hot water by itself  helps draw toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface. When the water cools, it pulls toxins from the skin. The ocean and mineral hot springs  have been used for centuries world wide for their therapeutic effects.

We can mimic the effects of these naturally detoxing waters at home with the addition of one simple, inexpensive ingredient to the bath Epsom Salts.

And you’ll be surprised what else you can use them for!

Epsom salt, named from a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. 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.

Most people know about the importance of calcium and vitamin D, but many Americans are also magnesium deficient. Also many do not realize if you are magnesium deficient your body can not use any of the vitamin D you ingest orally or absorb via the sun. Many Vitamin D deficiencies are caused from magnesium deficiency and the bodies inability to utilize vitamin D. Doctors say it stems largely from the increasing prevalence of processed foods in our diets. Today, 68 percent of U.S. adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium, according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and 19 percent consume less than half of the RDA.

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

Soaking in Epsom salt is a truly effective way to relieve muscle aches and pains. In muscular chemistry, among many other functions calcium is the mineral that the muscle fibers use to bind and contract. Magnesium, which is present in high amounts in Epsom salt, is the mineral necessary to “unbind” muscle fibers. So a muscle spasm simply cannot stand up against Epsom salt. Actually, magnesium also performs over five hundred additional functions. In terms of soreness though, the magnesium may makes the tissue cell walls more permeable, reducing toxicity and increasing nutrient exchange throughout the tissue more easily, thus the lactic acid, a primary cause of soreness, is expelled from the body more easily.

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