dreamstime_xxl_30613065There is nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath! It clears the mind, washes away stress, and can improve your health, especially if you put Epsom salt in the water.

Epsom salt has magnesium, a mineral that is needed for healthy digestion, bone density, and effective nerve and muscle function. Numerous people have a magnesium deficiency without even realizing it. Some symptoms include:

  • Muscle cramps and twitches
  • Constipation
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

While it can be helpful to eat foods that are rich in magnesium such as fish, dark leafy greens, avocado, and bananas, for some people that may not be enough. Magnesium can become severely depleted in people who have:

  • Recurring stress
  • Thyroid problems
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • Celiac or Crohn’s disease
  • Too much fat or calcium in their diet
  • Use of antibiotics, diuretics, or reflux medication

The benefits of magnesium are numerous – from relaxing the nervous system, to hydrating the body and increasing bone and muscle strength. So, go take a bath, pour in 1-2 cups of Epsom salts, and soak for about 20 minutes. It’s good for your health!