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Wellness is defined as the state of being in good physical and mental health. I’ve talked a lot about how to eat healthy since starting Viva Catalina, but you’ve got to make sure your emotional well-being is in check too. One of my favorite ways to relax and treat my body good is to take an Epsom salt bath.
I’m a full-fledged bath girl. If I had to choose between showers and baths for the rest of my life (and the cleanliness of my hair didn’t matter), it would be bubble baths all the way. A perfect day for me would end with a good book, candles, and maybe a glass of wine or two, all while submerged in warm bubbly bath delight.
I’ve watched TV in the tub, ate dinner in the tub while watching TV in the tub (this is what happens when Sara lives alone in Boston for 10 months), and got the edges of many a library book a little too wet in the tub.
Bubble baths are great for stress relief, but add some Epsom salt to those warm waters and you’ll be curing all sorts of ailments! Epsom salt boosts magnesium levels and helps with so many health issues, like:
- Easing stress and improving sleep and concentration
- Helping muscles and nerves function properly
- Regulating the activity of 325+ enzymes
- Helping to prevent artery hardening and blood clots
- Making insulin more effective
- Reducing inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
- Improving oxygen use
- Flushing toxins from body
- Improving absorption of nutrients
- Helping to form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
- Helping to prevent or ease migraine headaches
(source: The Epsom Salt Industry Council)
The Epsom Salt Industry Council recommends bathing in two cups of Epsom salt mixed with warm water three times a week. You’ll need to soak for at least 12 minutes to get maximum results. Epsom salt is fine for anyone in the family to use, but if you’re pregnant or have a medical condition, definitely check with your doctor before using. You can find Epsom salt at your local pharmacy or grocery store in the health and beauty section.