Does Epsom Salt Work?

You’ve likely seen bags and containers galore in stores and boutiques, have had someone tell you that to soak in a bath with epsom salt when your body is feeling sore or achy. But do they actually work?

The Claim

Add 1-2 cups of epsom salt to your bath to relieve muscle aches and pains, medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and even the cold or flu. If you exercise and work your body physically, that can also lead to muscle soreness, which epsom salts can help with or even used as a compress.

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is mainly made up of magnesium, a mineral that the body needs and, unlike other minerals, is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath. After doing a little research I learned that epsom salt was originally made by boiling down mineral waters in Epsom, England – who knew right?!

The mineral helps relax skeletal muscles by flushing lactic acid buildup in the muscles, which may occur during a vigorous workout for example. Other facts you may not know: Magnesium also plays an important role in the absorption of vitamins in the body and it also helps regulate muscle and nerve function. All of these effects significantly influence muscle soreness, which also affects muscle stiffness which is where epsom salt comes into play.

So, Does it Work?

Well it seems that is up for debate unfortunately. Some authors and health and wellness writers state that there is no scientific proof that epsom salt is beneficially, and that often time, soaking in a bath of hot water is enough to help soothe your muscles.

Others tend to think, that yes, the claims of the body absorbing the minerals does in fact work and that it can help ease the muscles.

What say you? Have you had any good, bad or non results after using Epsom salt?

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