Why you should be taking an Epsom Salt bath!
You get kicked in the leg, punched in the face, and kneed in the gut. You limp around all day long and at night, you twitch. Oh, the love of Muay Thai makes us do crazy things. But what if I told you that taking a nice hot bath in Epsom Salt, could help get rid of those annoying bruises, and help you sleep better at night (twitch free)?
Well it can.
Epsom Salt is nothing but Magnesium and Sulfate, and most North-Americans are deficient in both. However, Magnesium is the substance we are concerned with here. According to this study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Magnesium is an anti-inflammatory. That means that it reduces the swelling of sore and bruised muscles after a hard day of exercise... and getting beat-up.
Magnesium is also an electrolyte and it works as a muscle relaxant, according to DigitalNaturopath.com, in conjunction with Calcium, a muscle contractor.
Why are we so deficient in Magnesium?
The typical North American diet is based on processed wheat, dairy, and protein--all of which do not contain Magnesium. Another large contributor, water, is softened or demineralized removing Magnesium.
How do we make sure we are not deficient in Magnesium?
According to Dr. Mark Hyman's article "Magnesium: The Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available" located here.
Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium
• Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
• Learn how to practice active relaxation
• Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)
Eat Foods High in Magnesium
Include the following in your diet as often as you can:
• Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic
Take Magnesium Supplements
• The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
• Some may need much more depending on their condition.
• Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
• The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
• Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
• Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
• Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
• Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.
• People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor's supervision.
So how much Epsom Salt should you use and for how long?
According to AlwaysWellWithin.com:
"Simply dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a regular bathtub and soak for a minimum of 12 minutes. This can be done three times a week."
So start giving yourself a much needed bath today and your body will thank you for it.
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