When we talk about weight loss, the first three things that come to our minds are exercising, dieting and medications. It takes a lot of effort to accomplish the weight loss goal, and very often people quit midway. Workout and controlled diet is not everybody’s cup of tea. Some people avoid losing weight just because it involves a lot of hard work. So what about losing weight while you relax. Yes, that is possible. All you need is a Epsom Salt bath. Let us have a look at the benefits of Epsom Salt.
Epsom salt bath benefits
Epsom salt or Sendha Namak is normally used for cooking, but it is also a cure for many ailments.
•Cures skin problems, helps in weight loss and digestive issues
•Its crystals help in regulating enzymes in the body, which help in maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails
•It removes excess oil from skin and hair
•Relaxes sore muscles. Helps in quick recovery from muscle strain and other injuries
•It is the best exfoliator for skin, best solution for dry and chapped lips, used in exfoliation masks, vital for pedicure.
•It also helps in reducing sunburn irritation, gives relief from bug bites or bee stings, and treats rashes.
•Epsom salt bath makes you feel relaxed, and aids good sleep
Epsom salt bath and weight loss
Epsom salt bath is an effective and a relaxed way to lose pounds. Researchers have found that during the bath our skin absorbs sulfate and magnesium, which help in reducing toxins in our body. This also heals skin and de-stresses you. Studies suggest that lack of magnesium lead to high blood pressure, headaches and backaches, while sulfate deficiency causes body exhaustion. So the minerals absorbed during the bath help the body to function properly and maintain a perfect balance of minerals.
Nutrient deficiency or poor absorption of healthy nutrients, and emotional eating are some of the major reasons for weight gain. The nutrients, and their proper absorption, help in flushing out toxins from the body. This makes you energetic, lowers the chances of over eating, rejuvenates you and boosts your metabolism, together this leads to weight reduction.
How to take Epsom salt bath
Fill the tub with warm water, and add about 400-500 grams of Epsom salt. Wait for few minutes so that salt gets dissolved completely. Then soak yourself for 20-25 minutes. You should start with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt, and then increase the quantity gradually. After the bath, drink lots of water. Some suggest a daily Epsom salt bath for weight loss, while others suggest only 3-4 baths per week. However, it is better to go by doctor’s advice.
You can add variety to your bath, and enjoy the extra benefits:
Baking soda and Epsom salt: You need to add 2 cups each of baking soda and Epsom salt to warm water. It helps in weight loss, removes dead skin cells and excess body oil, and it detoxes you.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and Epsom salt: Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 2 cups ACV in warm water and soak yourself for about 30-40 minutes. It helps in weight loss, eases joint pain and muscle stress.
Essential oils and Epsom salt: Add 15-20 drops of your favourite essential oil with Epsom salt, soak yourself for 20-25 minutes and relax.
Ginger and Epsom salt: This mix is good way to reduce weight, flush out toxins from body and protect yourself from infections. Add 2-3 tablespoons of crushed gingers and 2 cups of Epsom salt and soak yourself for 20-30 minutes.
Always remember these few tips while taking Epsom salt bath for weight loss and other benefits.
# Pregnant women should avoid Epsom salt bath, or should consult their doctor
# Drink plenty of water before and after the bath to hydrate and rehydrate
# Do not take pure Epson salt bath for more than 20-25 minutes, if taking it with other ingredients you can exceed the limit accordingly
#Person suffering from diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or with irregular heart beats should avoid Epsom salt bath
# Do not add more than 500-600 grams of Epsom salt