The Joy of Relaxation: Only a Bath Away , 0 Comments

As the adorable bat Bartok says, "stress, it's a killer, Sir!" And it really is. Stress often manifests itself as anxiety, panic attacks, or simply feelings of inquietude and obsessive, negative ideas. Overcoming stress is not as easy as 'just thinking good thoughts.' Sometimes, our bodies send stress signals to the brain because we are lacking in certain nutrients. And one of the most important minerals in this situation, proven to help alleviate these symptoms, is magnesium. The easiest way to soothe your system, and quickly experience the relaxing effects of this wonder mineral, is to take a bath with magnesium sulfate (aka Epsom salt).

Growing up as a ballerina, I acquired a reverence for Epsom salt at a young age. I would soak my feet in tubs of it almost every night, reveling in the feeling of my aches disappearing. But when I went to college, I packed my pointe shoes away for good and focused on getting an education. Years later, due to the stresses of job-searching and life in New York City, I've come back to my old friend, but for completely different reasons. Now, I utilize the Epsom salts to take away the physical manifestations of my mental and emotional woes. When we are stressed, our bodies increase our levels of adrenaline and drain magnesium. Magnesium aids in the production of serotonin, which is a mood-elevating chemical in the brain (it makes us feel relaxed and calm). With this information, it's easy to see how essential repleting our magnesium stores can be in the journey back to balance and happiness.

Since magnesium sulfate is a pure mineral compound that can be easily absorbed through the skin, taking an Epsom salt bath is an ideal way to rest and recharge. Simply fill up the tub with warm or hot water (depending upon your preference), pour in a scoop of Epsom salts, and climb in! It is recommended that you allow yourself to soak for at least 20 minutes, to allow your body to really absorb the minerals. Once you're finished, dry off and get straight in to bed! Follow with BetterYou's Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray for the ultimate relaxation experience.  

- Maria Vasylivna