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01 Dec, 2013

Soak Away Your Soreness

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Soak Away Your Soreness

In 1618, near the small town of Epsom, England, a farmer led his cows to a spring but found that they wouldn’t drink the water. He tasted it himself and found it to be very bitter, but also noticed after a few days that the scratches and rash on his hands seemed to have been healed by the water. Word soon spread of the healing waters of Epsom, and today a worldwide industry in Epsom salt is still going strong!

 

What the good farmer had discovered was a spring rich in hydrated magnesium sulphate, due to the soil types in that area. It is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound that offers numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses – but for us athletes, possibly the best use is as a bath salt, in a process known as Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. Transdermal means the magnesium sulphate is delivered through the skin and right into the bloodstream, and is one of the best ways of administering medicines quickly and effectively without it affecting the sensitive digestive system. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulphate are both readily absorbed through the skin, and the added bonus is that Epsom salt slows the rate at which your skin wrinkles in water, so you can soak longer without worrying if you still need to go out again after your bath.

 

THE BENEFITS

Magnesium plays a number of vital roles in the body, including regulating the activity of over 320 enzymes, while sulphate helps improve the absorption of nutrients, so the list of benefits of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is impressive:

?         Eases stress and relaxes the body: Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline and improving sleep and concentration.

?         Increases energy and stamina: Magnesium encourages the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells, helping you to look better, feel better and gain more energy.

?         Relieves pain and inflammation: Treats cuts, sore muscles, bruises, strains and sprains, as well as bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.

?         Helps muscles and nerves function properly: Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

?         Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots: Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, and preventing blood clots.

?         Makes insulin more effective: Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.

?         Eliminates toxins from the body: Sulphate helps flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.

 

Other conditions or problems that can be cured or treated with Epsom salt include Athlete’s Foot, toenail fungus, foot odour, splinters, skin problems (specifically blackheads), colds and congestion, and gout. So get yourself some Epsom salt bath salt and soak away the soreness, tiredness and a host of other ailments. (Please note: It is unlikely you will overdose on magnesium or suffer side-effects from Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, but if pregnant, first consult a doctor before soaking in an Epsom salt bath.)