The “Why” and “How” of Epsom Salt Baths

If your muscles are achy, joints feel a little swollen or your body just doesn’t feel up to par, this is worth a read.

Epsom salt baths are widely used among athletes. This salt is composed of magnesium sulfate. Although there are claims of dozens of health benefit to taking these baths, the following paragraphs will cover specifically why it is beneficial for sports performance.

 

ATP, the cell’s energy currency

Research shows that magnesium increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells.

 

Electrolyte balance

Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and over 300 enzymes. Without the proper electrolyte balance within our cells, nerve impulses may not conduct properly, muscle contraction can malfunction (think muscle cramps) and hydration levels will suffer.

 

Reduce stress

Are you feeling anxious now that the Open has arrived? Magnesium helps increase your serotonin levels, a mood-boosting hormone that creates a feeling of calmness and relaxation.

 

How to take an Epsom salt bath

Start a warm-water bath, NOT a bath drawn with hot magma.

Add 2 cups of Epsom salt that can be purchased at any grocery or drug store.

Do NOT add soap. It will render your anti-inflammatory solution less effective.

Soak for 20 minutes.

Be sure to hydrate by drinking plenty of water before and after to complete the balancing of electrolytes and H2O.

 

Optional:

Add 1 to 2 cups or more of baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing and detoxifying ability and even has anti-fungal properties. In addition, it can make your body less acidic.

Add aromatherapy oils. Many people love the fragrance of such oils and they have particular therapeutic properties to take advantage of. Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.

 

Enjoy your bathtime!

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