Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to Soak the Pain Away

Sore muscles are a common complaint.  Sometimes they are sore from exercise, however they are just as frequently sore from the lack thereof.  Most of us routinely take over the counter medications so that we don't have to feel the pain or discomfort that occurs when normal changes or physical adaptation is taking place.  So lets talk about some ways to ease these sensations that don't involve taxing our livers or the lining of our stomachs. One such tactic is the use of therapeutic baths- namely using Epsom Salts and apple cider vinegar.  

  • Epsom Salts: Why do they work?  When your bath water is heavily salted it becomes far more dense then the water that fills your body's cells.  Because water naturally moves from an area of higher concentration to one of lower concentration, the salted water draws out toxic cellular fluid which is then released  through perspiration.  Many believe Epsom Salt baths will even remove the toxins caused by exposure to radiation and heavy metals; thus they are an invaluable help to those who work with radiation, sit in front of a computer constantly, or fly frequently.  The bath water should be as hot as you can tolerate, with one to four pounds of Epsom Salts.  The more you sweat the more toxins you've removed.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar functions on many levels.  Firstly it will help restore the acid balance of your skin.  This is important because soaps and hard water remove the protective barrier that naturally occurs when your skin is pH balanced.  Secondly vinegar is full of vitamins and minerals, including high amounts of potassium (if the vinegar is of a good quality.)  When absorbed into the body the potassium dissolves calcium deposits around the joints.  This is why apple cider vinegar has long been touted as an effective pain relief tool for arthritis and gout.  Most sources recommend two to four cups of vinegar in a warm bath to bring relief.  
Some websites also suggest vinegar compresses to sore or arthritic areas.  

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