Epsom salt baths have been used for centuries all around the world. However, I feel they are often overlooked and underrated.
I want to show you what led me to start using them and what benefits you can gain from Epsom salt.
Epsom salt is the common name for Magnesium Sulfate, which can affect many functions in the human body.
I had always heard about Epsom salt baths as a tool to relax and soothe sore muscles, but I was never a fan of baths so I didn’t pay much attention.
Then I started doing a training program that required me to squat 3 times a week. I was so incredibly sore all the time that I decided I needed some help with recovery to keep from stalling on my squat progression.
That’s when I decided to give Epsom salt baths a try. As a natural skeptic, I didn’t expect much.
I was wrong.
I usually only soak for about 20 minutes and this gets the job done. I personally use this Dr. Teal’s brand because that’s what I usually find in the grocery store and they smell damn good. You could just use unscented Epsom salt and save a little money.
The Benefits of Epsom Salt
- Pain Relief – Epsom salt baths ease pain from muscle cramps and relieves inflammation.
- Improves Muscle and Nerve Function – Studies have shown that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body and helps the body optimally use calcium to serve as a primary conductor of electric impulses.
- Stress Relief and Relaxation – Magnesium that is drained from stress is absorbed through the skin from an Epsom salt bath which helps produce serotonin and increases energy and stamina through improved ATP production.
- Positive Effects on Insulin – Magnesium reduces blood glucose in diabetics and people with elevated glucose levels. Magnesium also increases insulin sensitivity, which helps lower the risk of diabetes and aids in weight management.
- Eliminates Toxins – Epsom salt helps flush toxins and heavy metals from cells through a process called reverse osmosis
How to Start Taking Advantage of These Benefits
Fill up your bath with warm water and mix in some Epsom salt. The guidelines vary, but in general you should use:
- 1/2 cup for people under 100 lbs
- 1 cup for people between 100-150 lbs
- 2 cups for people between 150-200 lbs
- 2 1/2 cups for people between 200-250 lbs
- 3 cups for people over 250 lbs
To maximize the detoxifying effects you should lay in the bath for 40 minutes. They say it takes 20 minutes to get the toxins out and another 20 to absorb the minerals in the bath water. Like I said before, I’ve always just stayed in for 20 minutes for the most part and I have felt the benefits. I have tried staying in for longer, but I never noticed an increase in benefits so take that for what it’s worth.
You can also use this time to do other things if laying in a bath isn’t your thing. I like to use this time to read usually or get caught up on emails.
Many people like to use this time to meditate, since you’re already going to be relaxed.
Epsom salt baths are awesome! It’s a rare thing in life where something actually lives up to the hype and this is one of those occasions.
Don’t take my word for it though, get the lowdown from WebMD, Examine, RxMed and the World Health Organization. How many of you guys have been taking Epsom salt baths or started because of this article? Share your experiences in the comments.
Until next time,
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