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This “Epsom Salt Bath Trick” Works Better than Advil

If you’re familiar with Epsom salt baths, don’t scroll past this. Because there’s a good chance you’re doing it the wrong way!

For those not familiar – Epsom salt contains a hefty dose of magnesium, which helps provide a muscle and blood vessel relaxing effect. You can usually find a large 4-pound bag of Epsom salt for just a few dollars at your local grocery store.

Now, if you were to follow the instructions on the bag, you would normally pour ½ cup of Epsom salt into warm bath water. But that’s where most people get it wrong! You see, the average bathtub holds 80 gallons of water. So if you only use a small amount of salt, it’ll become diluted. That means a ½ cup of Epsom salt is simply not enough to relieve pain or crank up your circulation.

Here’s what you actually need to do!

Most health experts recommend between 1 to 3 cups of Epsom salt. But if you’re in serious discomfort – you can fill your tub with up to 8 pounds of Epsom salt. If you’re only soaking your feet in a bucket, you can use about 2 cups for each gallon of water. We suggest soaking for at least 12 minutes and up to 45 minutes in total. In general, the longer you soak, the more magnesium your body will absorb.

You should also soak a few times per week instead of just once!

Dr. R.H. Waring from the University of Birmingham found that soaking in Epsom salt multiple times per week can significantly increase the levels of magnesium inside your body. [1] In other words, just a few Epsom salt baths every week can provide you with long-term relief from pain and stiffness!

Cold Therapy

It’s time to freeze away the painful fires of inflammation! Cold therapy, as it sounds, is a form of low-temperature treatment that’s scientifically proven to soothe away pain. One study by doctors at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that cold therapy can provide significant relief for back pain without causing the side-effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs. [2] So if you’ve ever wondered why an ice pack feels good, that’s why!

Now, in addition to ice packs, you can also run cold water over the painful area or you could find a local Cryotherapy office. Cryotherapy practitioners use specialized devices designed to alleviate pain using below-freezing temperatures.

Oh, and if you’d like even better results, try placing an ice pack over the painful area after an Epsom salt bath. The combination of hot and cold is like a one-two punch for knocking out inflammation and relieving discomfort. It’ll even turbocharge your circulation, sending fresh warm blood to every inch of your body!

Stress Relief

Watch out! As new research shows, stress causes chronic inflammation throughout your body. [3] We know that’s hard to grasp, but it’s true – your thoughts will affect the level of pain you feel. So if you’re stressing out about bills, work, or just life in general… then you might end up feeling more pain that day – or even the next day!

And it’ll even cut off your blood flow, leaving your feet feeling tingly, swollen, and downright uncomfortable. That’s why staying calm is an important way to keep pain and circulation problems under control. But with all the common stressors in our lives, how can you keep calm, cool and collected every day? It all starts with meditation.

According to Sara Lazar, a Harvard neuroscientist, meditation can actually change the structure of your brain. [4] What’s more there are hundreds of scientific studies proving it’s a powerful way to relieve stress. [5] And wouldn’t that be nice? To no longer feel drained by the constant onslaught of worries and fears that so often plague our minds?

But few people have the patience to sit down for 20-minutes every day. Fortunately, you can enjoy many of the stress-relieving benefits of meditation in just 60 seconds. Find a relaxing place to sit down, preferably outside in nature. Either close your eyes or focus on a single object. Don’t try to empty your mind, because that’s impossible! Let your thoughts come in but don’t dwell on them – just observe and let your mind flow.

For an added boost in relaxation, try meditating after a calming Epsom salt soak.

Sources:

  1. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4225921/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5476783/
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/?utm_term=.eac8af51f478
  5. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today