Epsom Salt is absorbed through the skin to replenish the body’s levels of magnesium.
Studies indicate this may help to relieve stress in a number of ways, including:
- Raising the body’s level of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
- Offsetting excess levels of adrenaline generated by pressure and stress; magnesium ions relax and reduce irritability by lowering the affects of adrenaline.
- Helping to regulate the electrical functions that spark through miles of nerves.
- Lowering blood pressure.
Researchers have found that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts recommend soaking with Epsom Salt at least three times a week to look better, feel better and have more energy.
Also, Epsom salts aid in drawing lactic acid out of your system. A build up of lactic acid is believed to be a cause of muscle soreness. Therefore, by reducing the amount of lactic acid in your muscles, you will reduce muscle stiffness.
The hot water of a bath also helps to reduce stiffness by increasing blood flow to the muscles and increasing the nutritional exchange between the muscles and the bloodstream. This type of bath is very stimulating, therefore people who have serious circulatory problems (i.e. high blood pressure and severe varicose veins) should not take it.