Posts Tagged ‘Epsom salt’

SEVEN WAYS TO STAY HAPPY IN YOUR HEELS!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Nothing defines the holiday season more than dressing up in festive cocktail dresses with our favorite strappy stilettos.  Dr. Liza Egbogah BSc, DC, DOMP, a leading body and posture expert based in Toronto, cautions women to take care of their feet while wearing high heels.  Heels alter the position of the body placing more weight on the balls of the feet, thereby shortening the calf muscles, over stretching the ligaments to the front of the knee, tightening the hip flexor muscles, and placing more pressure on the lower back.  “Consistently wearing high heels can lead to the formation of bunions, ankle sprains, knee injuries, hip and lower back pain,” she shares.  Here Dr. Egbogah offers seven ways to keep you happy in your heels.

  • Soak the feet in Epsom salt:Epsom salt can help relieve muscle tension and joint stiffness that can be caused by wearing high heels,” said Dr. Egbogah. “By improving circulation, they can also reduce inflammation in aching feet.” She recommends a soak in a combination of warm water, Epsom salts, and peppermint or lavender essential oils for 20 minutes.
  • Choose high heels with a chunkier heel: These types of high heels are safer than stilettos because you’re more stable and don’t need to overuse your muscles to create stability.
  • Place cushioning or orthotics inside your shoes: This helps to distribute your weight more evenly.
  • Buy shoes made of natural materials: Natural materials, like leather, conform to your foot and stretch throughout the day in response to the changing size of your feet. It also allows your feet to breathe.
  • Choose a shoe with a rubber grip: A sole with a rubber grip prevents you from slipping while you walk in the heels.
  • Limit your heel height: Ideally, women should wear a heel height of three inches or less, or a 4-inch heel with a 1-inch platform. Platforms reduce the pitch of the shoe so less pressure is placed on the balls of your feet.
  • Be conscious of your posture: Center your weight in your arches while walking, and rest your weight in the heel while standing to help prevent injury.

FOCUS ON EPSOM SALT

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The traditional of Epsom salt soaks has been followed for centuries. It replenishes lost magnesium and sulfate and is essential for many biological processes, including stabilizing blood pressure, relieving muscle tension (by removing lactic acid and impurities), soothing aches and injuries, increasing osmotic pressure to the skin, and drawing out the body’s toxins.  Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, a pure, time-tested mineral compound, which is absorbed through the skin.  In addition to its health benefits, Epsom salt is also a natural exfoliant.  This is why it is readily available in the beauty industry.

Can Epsom salt soaking also contribute to passive weight loss?  Perhaps.  According to a recent study from the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University, “an hour-long hot bath can boost metabolic health and cause an anti-inflammatory response similar to exercise.”  The proper way to prepare a soak is to add the Epsom salt while warm water is running (thus enabling it to properly dissolve).  For a standard tub the recommended amount is one-to-two cups.  Bathers should commit to a minimum of twelve minutes to receive some efficacy.

DIY BEAUTY: EPSOM SALT!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
 Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 3.40.06 PMWe all know that Epsom Salt is good for soothing sore muscles.  After all, it is believed to boost the body’s magnesium levels, an important nutrient that helps produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems.  But did you know that Epsom Salt was also excellent for creating a luxurious at-home spa experience?  Here are some great DIY beauty tips!

  • Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
  • Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
  • Bathtime Bliss: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
  • Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
  • Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.