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11 Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath You Didn’t Know About

11 Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath You Didn’t Know About

Baths can be therapeutic and cleansing. The utility reason people take them is to clean off the dirt and stink of the day. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the act of bathing. You can grab a book, light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and put on your favorite slow music. You could also add some Epsom salt. Why would you want to do that? Read on to find out.

1. Restore your magnesium

By far the most useful reason to take an Epsom salt bath is to help restore your magnesium. According to studies, stress can decrease your magnesium levels. Combine that with the staggering number of people who already don’t get enough of it in their diet and you have a populace of those who are magnesium deficient. Epsom salt baths can help that and thus it promotes relaxation, good health, and even helps improve your mood.

2. Get your detox on

Taking an Epsom salt bath is a great addition to your detox regimen or just as a general detox. The sulfates in Epsom salt help draw the toxins and heavy metals out of your body which can also help improve health and promote a general feeling of wellness.

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3. Make your skin softer and smoother

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    The exfoliating qualities in Epsom salt makes it a great home remedy for rough, dry skin. This is especially useful for people who have skin conditions like eczema. Much like everything else about these wonderful salts, it can promote wellness and help improve conditions.

    4. Help get over certain diseases

    Some diseases like athlete’s foot, gout, and toenail fungus have been shown to improve with the use of Epsom salt. These are uncomfortable conditions that can take a lot of time to heal. Especially athlete’s foot and toenail fungus because your feet spend all day in shoes and socks. Anything to help these sorts of conditions out are always a good idea.

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    5. Reduce pain caused by inflammation

    Between Epsom salt and the warm water of the bath itself, you can help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Whether it’s a strain or a sprain, a bruise, or other minor injuries that are caused by inflammation. It can also help with general muscle soreness caused by things like exercise or other extraneous exertions.

    6. Improve your sulfate levels

    As we mentioned earlier, Epsom salt has sulfates. Not only do these help extract toxins from your body but they can also help promote wellness. When absorbed through the skin, sulfates can promote good skin, joint, and nervous system tissue.

    7. It can help constipation

    A home remedy that people have used for decades is to take a little bit of Epsom salt to help relieve stubborn bowels. Since we’ve established that most of the minerals in Epsom salt can be absorbed into the body, the minerals are still reaching your blood stream. If you’re a little constipated then taking a nice soak in an Epsom bath can help straighten you out. Epsom salts can be taken internally, but ONLY on the advice of a physician.

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    8. Epsom salt can volumize your hair

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      While you’re in the bath, why not give your hair a dunk in the bath water? Epsom salt’s exfoliating properties also work with your hair. The minerals can condition your hair and help with the removal of oils that make your hair greasy. I don’t think it works as well as your regular conditioner but the battle to keep your hair beautiful is an every day battle. Why not give yourself every advantage?

      9. Relieve bed bug bites and bee stings

      The anti-inflammatory properties in Epsom salt also works to relieve maladies caused by bugs. Bed bug bites itch like you wouldn’t believe and bee stings can be obnoxious and painful. The anti-inflammatory properties as well as the exfoliating properties can scrub the area clean and reduce the inflammation. This can relieve pain and itching too!

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      10. A cheap mani-pedi while you bathe

      A cheap way to do a mani-pedi is to use Epsom salt. Since you’ll be soaking in a whole bath of it, why not give your fingers and toes some love while you’re in there? If you soak them for a bit, then clean them off, cut them, and file them and soak again, it’s pretty close to the feeling you get from a mani-pedi.

      11. Improve your facial

      Sometimes a fun idea is to slip into a nice hot bath and put a mask on to help get those pores clean. If you add a little Epsom salt to it you can use the detox and exfoliating properties to make your mask more effective. Your body gets detox and exfoliation so why not your face too?

      How to use Epsom salt

      Okay when you do an Epsom salt bath you shouldn’t overdo it. Here are some quick instructions on how much you should add to your bath.
      Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
      For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

      These days with everything causing health problems, it’s good to find nice, simple ways to add some health benefits for once. Epsom salt is relatively inexpensive and you don’t need to cook it, or exercise, or do anything ridiculous to get the health benefits. You dump it in water and sit in it for a little while. Nice and easy but make sure you don’t overdo it!

      Featured photo credit: Just Health via just-health.net

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      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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