Athletes commonly use it for sore muscles, we’re talking Epsom salt, of course. Epsom salt has a long history of diversified use and benefits for health & beauty. So if you’re wondering: Do Epsom salts actually do anything? Yes, they do. Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammatory remedy that can be used to treat muscle aches, dry skin and even fight various internal health issues. Unlike other salts, external contact with Epsom salt does not leave the skin feeling dry. In fact, it actually leaves it feeling soft and silky. Another huge benefit of this incredible salt is its magnesium content. According to a scientific review published in 2018, you can have a magnesium deficiency even when your serum magnesium levels are normal. In addition, it’s been found that most people need an additional 300 milligrams of magnesium per day in order to lower their risk of developing numerous chronic diseases. This is just one of many reasons to add this salt to your routine and an excellant way to do so , is with Floatation Therapy.
What Is Epsom Salt? Epsom salt derives its name from a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England, where the compound was first distilled from water. It’s different from traditional salts because it’s actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It was originally prepared from mineral water, but today it’s mainly obtained from mining operations. The chemical formula for magnesium sulfate is MgSO4. That means it can actually be broken down into magnesium and sulfate, which is a combination of sulfur and oxygen. The salt consists of small, colorless crystals and looks similar to table salt. However, table salt is completely different from Epsom salt since it consists of sodium chloride. How does Epsom salt work? It contains magnesium, a mineral that is crucial to the human body’s functioning. Some of the key roles of magnesium include keeping blood pressure normal, heart rhythm steady and bones strong. The other main ingredient, sulfate, is an essential mineral key to many biological processes. It helps flush toxins, cleanse the liver, and assist in the formation of proteins in joints and brain tissue.
What are Epsom salts good for? The short answer is so many things! Let’s take a look at some of the top Epsom salt uses and benefits. Here are some of the top uses and benefits:
8 BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALTS IN FLOATING
1. Boosts Magnesium Levels. Appropriate levels of magnesium are absolutely key to good health, but it is very common to have insufficient magnesium. Alcoholism, severe diarrhea, malnutrition or high calcium levels can all cause hypomagnesemia or low levels of magnesium. By simply enjoying a Floatation Session in our pod which contain over 900 pounds of Epsom salts, you can increase internal levels of magnesium naturally without taking magnesium supplements. Magnesium plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions. These vital functions include muscle control, energy production, electrical impulses and elimination of harmful toxins. Magnesium deficiencies are associated with a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). By boosting your internal magnesium levels through external use of Epsom salt, you can help improve or ward off many avoidable health ailments.
2. Reduce Stress by soaking in Epsom salt. You've heard the recommendation to have a good soak in a warm bath after a rough day. Whether the day was rough mentally, physically or both, a 1 hour Float Session is such a great way to relieve stress. Not only does the magnesium help relax your muscles, but it can also help relax your mind.
3. Eliminates Toxins. The sulfates in Epsom salt in the pod's water assist the body in flushing out toxins. This can help lower the internal accumulation of harmful substances. Human skin is a highly porous membrane, by soaking in minerals like magnesium and sulfate, it sparks a process called reverse osmosis, which literally pulls salt out of your body and dangerous toxins along with it. As part of a healthy weight loss plan, floating with magnesium sulfate is sometimes recommended. This doesn’t mean that Epsom salt weight loss is really “a thing,” but since the salt can discourage water retention and promote elimination (more on that next), it’s not a bad idea to add it to a holistic weight loss approach. Floating for at least 40 minutes for the first 20 minutes gives your body time to remove toxins from your system, while the last 20+ minutes allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from your Float feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to consume water before and after the bath to protect yourself from dehydration and increase detoxification.
4. Reduces Pain and Inflammation A warm bath containing Epsom salt is known to ease pain and relieve the inflammation at the root of most diseases. This makes it a beneficial natural treatment sore muscles, headaches (including migraines) and arthritis pain.
5. Improves Blood Sugar Levels Type 2 diabetes is frequently associated with both extracellular and intracellular magnesium deficiencies. Meanwhile, healthy magnesium levels are linked with a reduced risk of developing diabetes. As you now know, Epsom salt is an excellent source of magnesium. Regular intake of Epsom salts, either orally or trans dermally, may help regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of diabetes and improving daily energy levels. Of course, check with your doctor before using any new natural diabetes remedies.
6. Volumizes Hair Allowing your hair to soak in the salt rich water of a floating pod can help decrease excess oil. Excess oil contributes to hair being oily and weighed down.
.7. Helps Prevent Preeclampsia Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. Magnesium sulfate is one of the ways some doctors and pregnant women use to improve or help to prevent preeclampsia. Research shows it has in vivo and in vitro vasodilator properties. What is a vasodilator? It’s something that helps widen blood vessels and improve blood flow. Magnesium sulfate is especially known for its use in the management of severe cases of preeclampsia to prevent the progression to eclampsia, which is the onset of seizures in women with preeclampsia. Floating also help relieve back pain from carrying during pregnancy. Of course get clearence from your doctor.
8. Improve REM Sleep The lack of sight and sound creates the perfect environment for relaxation and sleep. Studies have shown that floating can improve REM sleep which is the deep sleep required to effectively heal and rebuild neurological pathways in the brain improving clarity, focus, problem solving skills and hormonal imbalances.
How floating can help with Sleep:
Without external distractions, the mind naturally enters a state of relaxation REM sleep is easier to achieve with minimal external input from your senses. The high concentration of magnesium in the tank activates the parasympathetic nervous system in the body which is responsible for helping you feel calm and relaxed. The anti-gravity environment alleviates physical tension allowing the nerves and muscles to truly rest. Floating can assist with resetting sleep cycles for those who are suffering from jet lag or insomnia by healing the neurological pathways associated with sleep.
In the pod your brainwaves can drop from Alpha state into the Theta state, making it easier to make the transition to Delta waves required for REM sleep which heals neurological pathways. Insomniacs can benefit from this healing sleep state to prevent ongoing fatigue, heart disease, anxiety, mood swings, cravings and brain fog. The anti-gravity environment in the sensory deprivation tanks allows muscles to relax which can also benefit those who suffer from insomnia caused by physical tension or pain.