There is nothing like soaking in a nice hot tub! But what are you soaking in and what are the benefits?
All salts have antibacterial properties but there are some much more beneficial than others, so lets break it down!
Types of salt: There are different types of salt such as: Iodized Table Salt (NOT recommended), Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, and Himalayan Salt to name the most common.
The main component of all salts is sodium chloride. However, their differences lie in the other components that make up the salt that makes all the difference when it comes to using it for a bath!
Iodized salt, is in my opinion, is a thing that should stay in the past. Its most commonly table salt. Table salt is chemically refined (stripped of its trace minerals) and is almost always mixed with anti caking agents which often contain aluminum and silicon. Today, the more healthful choice for food is Himalayan Salt because of how it reacts in the body and because of its abundance of minerals it contains that feeds the cells! So for bath and food consumption, table salt is highly NOT recommend.
Sea Salt is distilled directly from seawater and contains some trace minerals naturally found in the ocean. The minerals present in Sea Salt are minimal, but still add to create a relaxing bath. Dead sea salt hold even more properties but due to the increasing risk of the Dead Sea drying up, this is not a salt I would recommend purchasing or using on a daily basis.
Epsom Salt. Epsom salt is well known to be a salt that helps the body to detox. Its rich magnesium content makes it wonderful to help relax tense and cramped muscles as well as helping to body to facilitate detoxification. It is known to help soften rough, dry and cracked skin as well as soothe skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body. Magnesium can also help to reduce stress and improve mental health and well being.
Himalayan salt. Pink Himalayan salt has become more and more popular. It is one of the purest salts available. It is used for food usage, as salt lamps and then for usage in the bath! As your body resonates with the natural frequency of the minerals in the salt bath, your body is being recharged, boosting metabolism and triggering its self-healing powers. It promotes better skin hydration while also helping to soothe skin conditions and improving the softness of skin. Himalayan salt has over 84 vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron and calcium. All of these minerals aid our body’s natural detoxification process and promote the removal of bacteria.
So now you know! Get your hands on some therapeutic bath salts and go for a nice long soak, while reaping the extra added benefits!