Epsom Salt Baths: Why, How and When
Do you love epsom salt baths as much as I (and so many of my students/clients) have come to? If you don't already, after this post, I bet you're going to! It's the perfect relaxation ritual for pregnant and postpartum mamas that also packs a huge punch of amazing health benefits.
W H Y:
“What are the benefits?” you may ask. Let me name a few for you!
Increases energy levels
Aids in better sleep
Relieves muscle and joint discomfort
Reduces cramping (Charlie Horses, anyone!?), and Braxton Hicks contractions
Reduces headaches and migraines
Increases calcium absorption
How is one simple thing so magical?! One word: magnesium. One of our 7 essential macrominerals that most people (especially pregnant women) are deficient in! Epsom salt’s chemical name is Magnesium Sulphate, it is literally crystallized magnesium! Now that you know why, let’s talk about how and when.
H O W:
Add two cups of plain Epsom salts to a warm bath and stir until incorporated. If you are pregnant, make sure the temperature is slightly lower than what your typical bath temperature would be. Epsom salt baths can cause a slight detoxification response, resulting in sweating and lightheadedness if the water is too hot. Keep water nearby and make sure to drink, drink, drink! Soak for at least 20 minutes (the time frame that has been shown to increase magnesium levels). If at any point you start to feel light-headed, drain the tub and slowly get out.
W H E N:
It is virtually impossible to “overdose” on magnesium, so take one as often as you’d like! I recommend that most of my clients and students take one at least once a week, and some mamas (including me!) try to get one in every day.
Now that you know how magical they are, are you going to start taking Epsom salt baths religiously like I do!? Do you already love them? Let me know!