Detoxing the body has become something that more and more people are turning to as part of their health and wellness routines. However, that also means that there are many fad trends popping up that claim to help with the detox process. Yet, the one that is tried and true is the same one your grandmother or mother may have recommended to you decades ago. One of the best ways to detox impurities from your body is a good, old-fashioned Epsom salt bath.
- What Is Epsom Salt?
Simply put, Epsom salt is a combination of sulfate and magnesium. Sulfate is known for its ability to help strengthen parts of the digestive tract and this added strength makes it easier for the body to release toxins that may have been building up in the digestive tract. Magnesium helps remove toxins by helping to improve multiple functions throughout the body. The two ingredients work in harmony to remove toxins by stimulating the pathways where toxins may have built up.
- What Are the Benefits?
A warm bath with Epsom salt has multiple benefits including soothing the skin, reducing muscle soreness, promoting circulation, reducing stress, and promoting foot health in a variety of ways.
Epsom salt baths work to exfoliate rough, dead skin cells in order to treat dry skin. This is especially helpful during the winter months when skin tends to be at its driest. People with mild skin conditions often turn to Epsom salt to relieve redness or bumps on the skin.
Epsom salt baths are often used by people who are experiencing soreness or pain on varying levels. Many people use Epsom salts to simply provide relief from minor soreness in the muscles. It is also used in baths by people with all types of inflammatory conditions or to ease the inflammation of conditions like arthritis.
The magnesium in an Epsom salt bath has been known to help reduce both mental and physical stress. Additionally, magnesium has been linked with the production of melatonin, a known contributor to providing a good night’s sleep.
Epsom salt baths are a go-to for people with a variety of foot issues including toenail infections, itchy feet, foot odor, and athlete’s foot. There are many additional reasons that people turn to Epsom salt baths. Additionally, just the act of taking a warm bath can promote an overall sense of relaxation and calmness.
- How to Detox with an Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt can typically be bought at any high-quality grocery store, health food store, or online. Simply pour about 2 cups of Epsom salt into warm bath water while the faucet is running. After the salt dissolves you can soak it in a warm bath for 15-20 minutes. Resting after an Epsom salt bath will help the bath provide maximum results.