This past weekend we completed the beautiful Magoebaskloof 100km Adventure race.
How Epsom salt helps for many different conditons
It took us 21 hours to complete the race. The race started with a 4km hike, 11km cycle, 7km paddle, 13km cycle, 21km hike and a 42 km cycle. Lots and lots of hills and the most amazing scenery.
I thought I would share with you a little trick I do recover from muscular stiffness after such long events. In fact I recommend for patients to use Epsom salts on a daily basis for a variety of conditions that is why I decided to share this information with you.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate – so when you soak in the bath with the salt your body absorbs the magnesium and this relaxes the muscles.
80% of us are magnesium deficient – either due to stress or eating refined foods. As soon as we eat refined sugar our body has to use our own magnesium to convert it into energy. So much for the advertisement “Sugar gives you energy”.
All the benefits and how to use them at the end of the pictures.
I love adventure racing besides for the beauty one explores, one has to constantly use your mind to find the checkpoints and read the map. If you want to learn more about these exciting activities I have included some cool websites. Rogaine is suitable for younger kids as well as the distances are much much shorter.
Adventure racing involves map reading with a compass – Nice and old school (no modern GPS)
The view looks like a picture someone created – this was on top of a mountain
At the finish line after 21 hours of racing and climbing up a very steep cliff
Benefits of Epsom salt Drink water whilst you are soaking in Epsom salts bath. Soak anything from 10 – 30 minutes. If you have blood pressure problems please start slowly 5 minutes and see how your body tolerates Epsom baths.
1. Easesstressandrelaxesthebody Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed
feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.
2. Relievespainandmusclecramps An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.
3. Eliminatestoxinsfromthebody The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it. For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add two cups of Epsom Salt in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes.
4.Athlete’sFoot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
5.Removesplinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
6.Treattoenailfungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day. Add a few drops of Ti Tree essential oil.
7.Soothesprainsandbruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
8.EasediscomfortofGout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
9.Removefootodor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odour.