We've been giving epsom salts out like hot cakes! If you've been in for a massage lately, you've probably left with two cups of epsom salts with directions from one of our RMT's to take a bath with them.
Magnesium is a primary component of Epsom salt. It is a mineral that the body needs and, unlike other minerals, it can be absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath. Magnesium plays an important role in the absorption of vitamins in the body. It also helps regulate muscle and nerve function. All of these effects significantly influence muscle soreness, which also affects muscle stiffness.When the body is put at ease our nervous systems switch from "fight or flight" to a state of "rest and digest" where cellular recovery takes place.
According to Dr. Oz, you're likely to have a deficiency if any of the following apply to you:
- Prolonged periods of stress
- High intake of fat or calcium in the diet
- Certain allergic or inflammatory bowel diseases like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid issues
- Advanced age
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Severe burns
- Certain antibiotics, diuretics and reflux medications
Tom Malterre MS and Certified Nutritionist from Bastyr University, states in his newest book, The Elimination Diet, that a twenty minute soak 2-3 days a week can relieve:
- Muscle Tension
- Flu-like symptoms
- Joint Pain
- Racing Thoughts
For centuries, Epsom salt baths have been used therapeutically and many who are dealing with magnesium deficiency notice an improvement in symptoms when they soak in the mineral-rich water.
The beauty of the Epsom salt bath is that even if you don't have a magnesium deficiency, the wonders of taking a few minutes to yourself to unwind is a boon to your overall health.