Bath time (if you're lucky enough to live in a place with a bath) is always a relaxing experience. But who ever really has time for it? If you like to go hard at the gym you probably should also lock in some time with your bath and a bunch of epsom salts.
Epsom salt baths are basically made for sore bods thanks to the main ingredient, magnesium sulfate-loaded epsom salt. Magnesium helps to reduce inflammation (hello to your inflamed, tired muscles), stimulates oxygen and blood flow through your body and helps to detoxify your body. But magnesium isn't only helpful after a workout. A lack of magnesium can be associated with depression, anxiety and abnormal sleeping patterns and a bath before bed can really help. It's also a godsend when that time of the month approaches. Cramping due to period pain can be relieved by upping your magnesium intake and — if you're struggling to get magnesium into your diet each day — that's where epsom salt can assist.
To enjoy the benefits of an epsom salt bath allow 40 minutes to soak and completely relax your body. There's talk within holistic health circles that 20 minutes in an epsom salt bath pulls the toxins out of your body, which allows the absorption of the minerals to occur in the second half of your bath, and while there are limited studies to back up these claims 40 minutes is a nice amount of time to spend relaxing in the tub. Add one and a half to two cups of salts to pure warm water for best results. An epsom salt bath twice a week is a good start if you're new to this relaxing way of life.
The bottom line: our bodies need magnesium to function and a smart way to get your body's fill is through epsom salt baths.