Next time you decide to take a nice relaxing bath, don’t go in search of your favorite body wash, or bath bomb. Instead, grab a bag of Epsom salt, and do much more than just relaxing. Using Epsom salt in your bath is probably the easiest, most enjoyable, and quickest way to bring your entire body to optimize health. And, it also helps that Epsom salt is an inexpensive ingredient, and easily accessible, as it’s sold at pharmacies, grocery stores, and natural food stores everywhere.
Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate. When soaked in water the magnesium sulfate is released and enters your body through your skin. People more commonly use it to relieve muscle aches and pains. The healthy levels of magnesium help reduce overall body inØammation. But, aside from this benefit, there are many others that will leave you feeling completely renewed, inside and out
1. Boosts Magnesium Levels
Good levels of magnesium in the body are key to good health, and many people have a magnesium deficiency. This type of deficiency is known as hypomagnesemia. It can be caused by alcoholism, severe diarrhea, malnutrition or high levels of calcium (hypercalcemia). By soaking your feet or entire body in a bath containing Epsom salt, your internal levels of magnesium can be increased naturally without the need to take magnesium supplements.
2. Reduces Stress
When people start talking about relaxation, you usually associate it with a nice soothing bath. But no other bath will reduce your stress more than an Epsom salt bath. Add a cup or two, to your bath water. The magnesium in the Epsom salt help relax your muscles, and also helps in relaxing your mind.
3. Eliminates Toxins
The sulfates in Epsom salt help the body Øush out toxins and remove heavy metals from the body’s cells. Overall, this decreases the internal accumulation of harmful substances. Because the human skin is highly porous, adding minerals like magnesium and sulfate to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis. This pulls out the salt and harmful toxins from your body
4. Relives Constipation
Epsom salt is a laxative approved by the FDA and is commonly used to naturally relieve constipation. When you ingest it, Epsom salts act like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and cleansing the colon of waste. Per some studies published in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, Epsom salt “has potent laxative effect in vitro through the release of digestive hormones and neurotransmitters.”
5. Reduces Pain & Inflammation
Epsom salt in a warm bath relieves inØammation. It is especially beneficial in naturally treating bronchial asthma, sore muscles, headaches, and migraines. Epsom salt can also help heal cuts, and reduce swelling that is brought on by sprains and bruises.
6. Improves Blood Sugar Levels
People who have healthy magnesium levels are a lot less likely to ever develop diabetes. The magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salt help improve the body’s ability to produce and utilize insulin. Taking Epsom salt, either orally or transdermally (bath), can help regulate blood sugar. This is how it lowers the risk of diabetes and improves energy levels.
7. Volumizes Hair
Forget chemical filled dry shampoo! Adding some Epsom salt to hair products can help decrease excess oil, which will bring life back to your fat and weighed down hair. Therefore, adding a nice volume to your hair.
A simple way to create your own volumizing conditioner at home is to combine equal parts Epsom salt and conditioner. After washing your hair with shampoo, as usual, apply the conditioner mix to your hair. Coat it from the scalp to the ends. Leave it in for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Do this once a week to see best results.
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