A magnesium bath: Pure relaxation

Anyone who has indulged in a magnesium bath with its so-called magnesium flakes after a strenuous day or after a hard workout knows what I'm talking about: As soon as you're lying in the body-temperature water, tension is gradually released -- both physically and mentally. A wonderful feeling of relaxation spreads through the body -- for many a completely new experience!

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Magnesium bath preparation

To achieve this effect, a certain magnesium concentration in the bath water is necessary. For 50 liters (13 gallons) of bath water, at least 500 g (2 cups) of magnesium flakes should be used. The higher the concentration of magnesium in the bath water, the better the body can absorb it. My tip: Dissolve the magnesium flakes in a small amount of water, then pour this mixture into the tub. To achieve the highest concentration possible, run only so much water to cover the body. Due to the displacement of water by body mass, often less water is needed than thought. It makes little sense to dissolve one or two tablespoons in the bath water. This concentration is too low to have a noticeable effect.

Magnesium bath for athletes

Athletes especially can benefit from a magnesium bath immediately after training or competition. Here the magnesium concentration of the bath should be higher than normal; that is, at least one kilogram (2.2 pounds ) of magnesium flakes to 50 liters (13 gallons) of water in normal-sized bathtub. This allows the magnesium to be absorbed through the entire body and to provide rapid regeneration, alleviating problems with stiff muscles, acid buildup and strains quickly and effectively.

Magnesium bath for healthy and well-maintained skin

Magnesium is also known for its special effects on skin. A magnesium bath moisturizes and improves the skin's structure and elasticity. In the winter months, skin especially suffers from low humidity. A magnesium bath at this time works wonders, especially on the dry skin on arms and legs. But it also helps with all other skin problems, including blemishes, eczema, acne and especially psoriasis. At the same time, a magnesium bath supports the de-acidification of the body and contributes to a balanced, natural pH value of the skin.

Magnesium foot bath

Not everyone has a bathtub at home. No problem! Even a magnesium foot bath offers wonderful relaxation. It is also a cost-effective alternative to a full bath, because a foot bath requires less magnesium. Yet the magnesium concentration in a foot bath should be higher than with a full bath, because the body surface exposed to the dissolved magnesium is much smaller.

A foot bath is a real blessing for people who must stand a lot or walk around in high heels. Those who suffer from cold feet or restless legs should also try a magnesium foot bath, because magnesium targets exactly these symptoms. It dilates the blood vessels and counteracts cold feet, regulates excessive muscle contractions and relaxes nerves and muscles.

Pregnant women also benefit from a magnesium foot bath. Magnesium regenerates feet strained due to increased pregnancy weight and alleviates a magnesium deficiency, which many pregnant women experience due to increased need. In this way, pregnant women can prevent muscle cramps and tension. With the added benefit of getting a good night's sleep afterwards. Of course, these effects can be also achieved in a full magnesium bath.

Magnesium sitz bath

Women repeatedly subject to vaginal itching or burning discharge, dryness or infections in the genital area, can try a sitz -- also known as a hip or sitting bath -- with magnesium. The defensive effect of magnesium chloride quickly kills bacteria, fungi and viruses and inhibits their growth. The mucous membrane regains more moisture, regenerates itself and thus works better to fight infection. Here the recommended magnesium chloride concentration is 3 percent. An alternative to the sitting bath is a vaginal shower using the same concentration.

Try a magnesium bath, whether as a full bath, foot bath or sitting bath: You will love it!

Preparation of recommended concentrations for foot and sitz baths

5 liters (1.3 gallons) of water with 300 g (1.2 cups) of magnesium chloride flakes yields a 3 percent solution.

5 liters (1.3 gallons) of water with 400 g (1.6 cups) of magnesium chloride flakes yields a 4 percent solution.

5 liters (1.3 gallons) of water with 500 g (2 cups) of magnesium chloride flakes yields a 5 percent solution.

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