Magnesium is an essential mineral required for extensive use in the body! It regulates more than 300 reactions that keep our body working. An easy, relaxing way to boost magnesium levels in our body is to have an Epsom Salt Bath or soak in a Float Tank.
As we get magnesium from our food, most people become deficient in this element. Depleted magnesium levels in our water & food, have left most of us deficient in Magnesium.
If eating organic, magnesium rich whole foods isn't within your budget, soaking in Epsom Salts is an alternative. Taking a magnesium supplement is also an option. Consuming large quantities of the supplement however, can irritate the gut and create a laxative effect.
Epsom Salt is a naturally occurring mineral found in the ground, made up of magnesium and Sulfate. Magnesium is largely known as a muscle relaxant and Sulfate is a protein builder for your joints. Whilst referred to as a salt, it actually isn't. It's referred to as such as it has an appearance that is very similar.
Studies have shown that both Magnesium and Sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin. This makes soaking or floating and ideal way to boost your magnesium levels. You will also yield the other health benefits it offers.
As there are a large number of Epsom Salts available on the market. The key is ensuring that you buy naturally produced, not synthetic salts. Natural salts might cost you a little bit more, but the difference is huge!
Epsom Salt Bath Benefits
1. Restore Magnesium Levels
Magnesium is readily absorbed through the skin. From here it penetrates into the muscles and blood stream. Soaking or floating is an ideal way to top up your levels and promote relaxation. A float tank has 350+ kgs of Epsom salt available in it! Whilst this volume is hard to replicate at home, don't feel like you have to hold out on the salt added to your bath! The more the better!
2. Ease Stress
Taking some time out for yourself ideal for stress relief. The added benefit that epsom salt has to offer is enormous! Magnesium helps produce serotonin which is a mood elevating chemical. Found in the brain, it also boosts energy and relaxation.
3. Relieve Muscular Cramps
Adding Epsom Salts into your bath will decrease inflammation and relieve muscular soreness. Most importantly it will minimise the effect of painful muscular cramps. The magnesium component of Epsom Salts acts a muscle relaxant. This further contributes to stress reduction by relieving muscular tension.
The following research article tested the efficacy of cramp reduction during pregnancy. With the use of Oral Magnesium it was found that the intensity and frequency of cramps were significantly reduced.
Epsom Salts are commonly used in the detoxification process. You can do this by either consuming orally or through the skin by way of a bath. The sulfate component of Epsom Salts, helps in drawing the heavy metals and toxins out of your body. Absorbing Epsom Salts cutaneously is a very gentle way to detox. Occasionally it can lead to subtle feelings of nausea or headaches.
5. Relief from constipation
Magnesium is a remedy to help relieve constipation. Most of the minerals that Epsom Salt contains are absorbed by our body and will reach the blood stream.
When you are constipated, taking an Epsom Salt bath can help ease stubborn bowels. These salts can be mixed with water and consumed as a drink also.
But please consult a professional to guide you through this.
6. Foot Health
If you do not have access or ability to have a full bath, there is nothing like soaking feet at the end of a long day! The upside is there are some little known benefits to soaking feet. Assistance is found in managing symptoms of Athletes foot.
As well as with removing splinters, treating toenail fungus and easing any pain produced by gout. Aside from these benefits, soaking your feet is such an easy way to aid relaxation as well.
7. Heart Health
Magnesium has long been known to improve heart health, prevent heart disease and strokes. It does so by improving circulation and keeping arteries elastic.
Magnesium also helps keep a steady heart beat and normal blood pressure. There is a large body of evidence to show that high magnesium intake is consistently correlated to lower levels of cardiovascular disease.
8. Inexpensive Mani/Pedi
Epsom Salt can easily be mixed up with water, not only to soak tired hands and feet but also to scrub dead skin off. Mix with your favourite essential oils and other benefits for a nice Mani/Pedi or body scrub.
9. Decrease Inflammation
Research shows that magnesium deficiency contributes to increased inflammation and chronic conditions. Examples include cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. Other chronic conditions include muscular tension, joint pain & stress. These will also improve when Magnesium levels return to more acceptable levels.
Want to Supercharge your Epsom Salt Bath?
If you enjoy bathing in an Epsom Salt bath, why not take the experience to the next level with our float tank?
Not only will you be soaking in 350kgs of Natural Epsom salt, you will also experience a whole host of other benefits!
You get to experience what anti gravity feels like!