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This Is Why You Should Try an Epsom Salt Bath Even If You Aren’t a Bath Person

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This Is Why You Should Try an Epsom Salt Bath Even If You Aren’t a Bath Person

Epsom bath salts have many health benefits that are not only beneficial to your physical health, but your mental health as well. Epsom salts are a combination of magnesium and sulfate, both naturally occurring minerals and can easily be found at your local health food stores. It has been found that a whopping 68% of American adults consume less than their recommended amount of magnesium. For those who prefer taking showers, it may be hard at first to set aside the extra time to draw a bath and have a good soak. After your first few baths, it will seem like  second nature and you will wonder why you did not do this much sooner.

1. They help you de-stress.

Stress at any level can deplete the body of magnesium, so it is important to replenish the body through methods like epsom bath salts. Adding this substance to warm water allows our bodies to easily soak up the magnesium through our skin. This mineral helps the body maintain a state of calm and also has a myriad of other benefits including reduced irritability, increased energy levels, deeper sleep and improved concentration levels.

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2. They help rid your body of toxins.

The sulfate levels in epsom salts will help rid the body from any heavy metals or toxins. In the human body, sulfate is an important element that is common for detoxing the liver, normal pancreatic enzyme function, creation of brain tissue and normal neurotransmitter function and assuring proper joint lubrication.

3. They will help reduce muscle pain.

Epsom salts are known for their ability to decrease inflammation, making it a great solution to alleviate headaches (including the more serious migraines), gout or sore muscles. It has also been used widely for helping reduce the swelling that is a result of childbirth.

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4. They will help soothe and nourish your skin.

From skin ailments like eczema to poison ivy, epsom salts can help heal your skin with its mineral-rich properties. It can also help keep skin smooth and prevent wrinkles.

5. They will help prevent clogged arteries.

The magnesium in epsom salt are important for maintaining healthy arteries and prevention of heart-related diseases. A study shows that Americans’ intake of magnesium has decreased by 50% in the last century causing many complications such as high blood pressure, hyperactivity and other heart illnesses. Without a healthy level of magnesium in the body, irregular heart beat, stiff arteries, high blood pressure, blood clots and muscle spasms are all common side effects.

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6. They help ease the discomforts in pregnancy.

To help relieve pain from being pregnant, epsom salts are great for helping ease muscle tension, leg cramps, back pain and general aches and pains. Soaking in an epsom salt bath is perfectly safe for pregnant women and is a great way to nourish and replenish depleted levels of sulfate and magnesium.

7. They help with hemorrhoids.

For those who suffer from constipation and hemorrhoids, soaking in epsom salts is a much sought after relief. The anti-inflammatory nature of this substance can help in this situation and the combination of warm water and salts can relax your anal sphincter, allowing the entire rectal area to feel much better.

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8. They help make insulin more productive.

For those individuals who suffer from high blood sugar, the magnesium and sulfate in the epsom salts make the insulin in your body more effective and thus decreasing the risk of getting illnesses that are related to elevated blood sugar, such as diabetes or hyperglycemia. If you do have diabetes consult your doctor to make sure that epsom salts are safe for your condition, since everyone’s situation is different.

Featured photo credit: Toes by Basheer Tome via Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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