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New Year’s Resolutions: Reduce Stress

Negative emotions often cause people to eat when they are bored, angry or already full. Improving your emotional intelligence will help you make smarter food decisions, eat healthier and better manage your weight, Too often we consume food mindlessly rather than taking a breath and consciously thinking through our options.

So how does Epsom Salts come into this? Leading psychologist, Dr. Susan Albers, recommends a variety of simple practices to increase mindfulness:

  • Enjoy an Epsom Salts soak: add two cups of Epsom salt and half a cup of olive oil into warm bathwater and soak for 15 minutes. “Soothing water therapy, which has been around since ancient times, helps quiet and relax the body,” Albers says. “Even a short soak helps you to centre and make better choices.”
  • Another bath time option is a warming mustard soak – Mix ¼ cup mustard seed powder, ¼ cup Epsom Salts, ½ cup baking soda and six drops of your favourite essential oil. Pour the mixture in a hot bath. “A mustard soak helps relax and detox your body as well as soothe tired or torn muscles – two issues that often lead to emotional eating,” Albers says.
  • Nutrition Boost – Stock up on magnesium, vitamin D and iron. “Magnesium, vitamin D and iron help our bodies run smoothly,” Albers says. “People notice when they’re dragging, and these are helpful for reenergizing your body.” Eating spinach is key for all three minerals and vitamins, Albers says. Foods rich in iron such as chicken liver and quality beef; and foods that help with magnesium, such as pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, almonds and leafy greens will give you a boost.

The Epsom Salts soak has further benefits if you’re looking to start 2018 on a new note:

Many people say that they help increase energy and improve productivity and that they help commit to healthy living.

Magnesium absorbed through the skin from Epsom Salts also helps regulate blood sugar levels, blood pressure and muscle and nerve function and results in better sleep which is one of the foundations of a healthy life.

Starting on a new exercise regime? Start by exercising in bedd and weave in small bursts throughout the Day. At night soak in Epsom Salts to soothe muscles, feel relaxed and ultimately get a better night’s sleep.

Source: The Epsom Salt Council



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