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Epsom Salt Baths Health Benefits. Article by Osteopath, Dr. Annabel Eastham at Body & Brain Clinic in Camberwell
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The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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03 Feb The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

You may or may not have heard the term ‘Epsom Salts’, and further more you may or may not understand much about them. Epsom salts are a magnesium and sulfate mineral compound. They are completely natural, and are very beneficial to your body. Magnesium and sulfate absorb quite easily through the skin, so an Epsom salt bath is a terrific (and relaxing!) way to reap the benefits of these minerals.

Magnesium has many benefits, including reducing inflammation and improving arterial health, but it is probably best known for its ability to improve muscle health.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, and can help relieve muscle pain and spasms. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so can reduce pain caused by inflammation. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath for just 10-20 minutes is enough to attain these benefits.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, and can help relieve muscle pain and spasms... Soaking in an Epsom salt bath for just 10-20 minutes is enough to attain these benefits.

Magnesium can also helping in reducing constipation. This is something people generally don’t like to discuss, but it does happen, especially when consuming a western diet. The colon is a muscle, so the same muscle relaxant effects work on the colon, just as it would on any of your skeletal muscles.

Sulfates, on the other hand, assist in improving absorption of nutrients, and with eliminating toxins from the body. This is the perfect counterpart to magnesium in this instance. Sulfates help with absorption of magnesium, so you can attain all the benefits that magnesium has to offer, and that the same time, the Sulfates are aiding the removal on toxins from your body, which has a detox effect.

In some instances after soaking in an Epsom salt bath, people may notice a slight discolouration of the water. This is not a bad thing, it is actually a good thing! The slight yellow colour is all of the toxins, which have leached out of your body. This is the detox effect that the sulfates have had on your body. The discolouration won’t happen to most of you, but it may if you have been over indulging for a while (drinking, smoking, bad food, lack of exercise). The tricky part is to try and make some additional positive changes after your Epsom salt bath!!

Epsom salt baths are something that I often recommend to my clients in private practice, as it is not only great for muscle health, but it is an easy thing to convince clients to do. Most people are not opposed to relaxing in a bath tub and not having to lift a finger to improve their muscle health!

Epsom salts are cheap, and readily available at most supermarkets. Pick some up today and treat your body to an Epsom salt bath, which is not only enjoyable and relaxing, but also beneficial to your body!

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