Winter Health Habits
One of the best parts of winter is having a lovely long warm bath to warm up those cold limbs and soothe the wintery moods (if you are classically the winter blues type!). Especially when done with a glass of wine and or candles! Adding Epsom salt to warm bath water makes your skin feel smooth and silky, a pleasant winter surprise when most battle with flaky of dry skin.
Bathing with Epsom salts is a healthy way to reduce stress. While at the same time promoting the elimination of environmental toxins from your body and increasing new cell turnover through exfoliation. I can’t think of a nicer way of ending a day!
Having said that it is also the best time to catch up on some good detoxing gently whilst you soothe those cold limbs. One of the most commonly known detoxes is Epsom salts in the bath. It not only does the necessary detox through your largest organ in the body, your skin but also improves your Magnesium levels which in turn has major health benefits and improves your sleep routine.
Benefits for the Bath and Other Uses
Epsom salt is a potent mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate. It is widely used to relieve many minor health issues.
Soaking in a bath with Epsom salt can relieve achy feet and soothe sore muscles.
Epsom salt is used in skin cleansers and hair care products to help naturally exfoliate skin and give hair more volume and shine.
Many people also turn to Epsom salt as a remedy for occasional constipation as ingesting food grade Epsom salt flushes the gastrointestinal tract and encourages detoxification.
What Makes Epsom Salt Work?
Epsom salt has two major components: magnesium and sulfate (sulfur). These minerals are essential for optimal health. Magnesium is a co factor involved in more than 300 enzymatic processes. Including protein and DNA synthesis, the regulation of blood pressure and serum glucose levels. Supporting the body’s detoxification routes. Magnesium is also required for the uptake of calcium and potassium, both of which are necessary to regulate nerve, muscle, and heart function.
Sulfate is involved in several biological functions as well, most notably in the gut. This mineral facilitates the release of pro tease, lipase and amylase, which are pancreatic enzymes needed to digest food. It is needed to form specialized proteins in epithelial cells. These cells line and lubricate your intestinal tract to keep things moving smoothly and prevent intestinal bacteria from leaking into the bloodstream. Sulfate is also required for the prenatal development of brain tissue.
Epsom salt can help fix magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can result from not getting enough magnesium in your diet. Magnesium deficiency commonly happens as a result of medical conditions like kidney disease, diabetes and Crohn’s disease. People who use certain medications that interfere with the absorption of this mineral, or that speed its elimination from the body can also be deficient. Other factors that can lead to low magnesium include excessive intake of alcohol or caffeine, consuming too much salt, heavy menstrual periods, and chronic stress.
Benefits of using Epsom Salts
- Soothes inflammation
- Relieves discomfort caused by sunburn
- Relieves itchiness caused by poison ivy
- Helps reduce stress
- Fixes magnesium deficiency
- Supports recovery after exercise
- Relieves occasional constipation
- Promotes radiant skin and hair
- Relaxes tired, aching feet
Inflammation is a natural process. But in chronic conditions chronic inflammation may not immediately affect your health, it can be quite damaging over time. One of the markers used to evaluate ongoing inflammation is the level of serum C-reactive protein (CRP). High levels are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. Research shows that magnesium plays a significant role in inhibiting chronic inflammation. That insufficient intake of this mineral leads to elevated CRP levels.
Chronic Depletion of Magnesium?
And in the chronic depletion cases Imsyser has its own Magnesium Crystals taken daily as a supplement. I like to take mine at night for the same benefits mentioned above. With some lemon juice in a tall glass of water late at night. The results are spectacular.