If you are sore from training and you don’t know about Epsom Salt, then welcome to a much happier and comfortable rest of your life.
The benefits of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) have been known since the 17th century but in our, “Take The Next-Best-Everything-Supplement”, fitness industry culture, little is said about this very common and inexpensive compound that can do so much for our overall health, comfort, well being, digestion, and even our performance and progress as athletes.
Our modern diet is extremely deficient in Magnesium, mostly due to changes in agricultural practices over the past century, and the list of problems indicated by low magnesium levels is long and worrying. The Epsom Salt Council website suggests that the average American person consumes only 70% of the magnesium required each day and that over the last century our food provides at least 50% less magnesium than it did a century ago. To make matters worse, our modern diet is high in sugars, fats, salt, and protein that not only contain less magnesium but actually accelerate the depletion of magnesium in our bodies.
We can take magnesium supplements of course, but absorption through the stomach can be reduced by a number of factors. A great way to improve your magnesium levels is to simply add Epsom Salt to your bath water and soak in it. As you soak your aches and worries away, Magnesium Sulfate readily absorbs through your skin and into your cells.
Some Uses and Benefits of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate): *note: these are suggestions for external use only!
Relieve Muscle Soreness – Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salts into your warm bathwater and soak for at least 20 minutes to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. This will also help reduce bruising and sore joints.
Detoxifier – Epsom Salt is said to help draw heavy metals and other toxins from your body.
Reduce Stress – Adrenaline is believed to remove magnesium, a natural stress reliever from your body. Magnesium is needed for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical that promotes a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
For more information on Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) visit http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org