Ugh, I don’t know about you but the January doldrums have hit me in a big way. I’m dragging around the house feeling so darn tired that I swear I can feel the fatigue in my bones. I’ve even threatened, on more than one occasion, to take a nap at the office. (My office mates think I’m joking now, but just wait until they find me passed out under my desk.)
I decided to tackle the problem in my typical fashion—with some research—and it wasn’t long before I stumbled across a surprising remedy. Astonishingly one of the best ways to fight fatigue is with a good old-fashioned Epsom-salt bath. Yes, your grandmother was indeed onto something there.
I’ll talk a bit more about the Epsom-salt “cure” in a moment, but first let’s look at the likely source of the exhaustion.
It turns out that a common cause of fatigue is low magnesium. The mineral is essential to our good health and works with a number of enzymes to regulate body temperature, allow nerves and muscles to contract, and synthesize proteins. Magnesium is a necessary partner in a wide variety of bodily processes, including energy production, and it assists in maintaining healthy levels of potassium, adrenaline, and insulin.
And it’s no coincidence that fatigue can sneak up on you in the winter months. All the holiday eating and drinking can lead to digestive woes that cause your body to not absorb enough magnesium. Add to that a course of magnesium-blocking antibiotics and food grown in magnesium-depleted soil, you practically have a recipe for fatigue.
In fact, it turns out that most Americans are in all likelihood walking around magnesium-deficient so just a little nudge from poor eating or a prescription drug can easily send one into a fatigue tailspin. But this is where the old-fashioned Epsom-salt bath comes into play. A quick soak (around 12 minutes) in a bath of warm water and two cups of Epsom salts three times per week can naturally restore your magnesium levels.
You can also help restore your levels of this important mineral by adding more magnesium-rich food to your diet, such as, for example, black beans, halibut, pumpkin seeds, and cooked spinach. And since low magnesium levels have been tied to a host of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, joint pain, and diabetes, you’re likely to feel in more ways the one the benefits of upping your depleted levels.
You know, now that I think about it, I do recall that my mom always told me that there are few things in this world that a hot bath won’t cure. Knowing what I know now, I’d add to that a couple of cups of Epsom salts and then agree wholeheartedly. (But be sure to skip the bubbles, ladies…especially if you’re prone to yeast infections).
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