Throughout the process of heavy endurance training it’s important to remember practicing self-care. It’s easy to get lost in completing your weekly required training: swimming, biking, running, and strength training. It’s easy to forget about all the bodies needs.
You probably think I am talking about stretching, right? Wrong. Though stretching is a big part of staying health, and it is very important. I am not talking about stretching this time, anyway.
I am talking about recharging your body by giving it the elements it needs. I am talking about Magnesium.
Magnesium is the second most abundant element in the human cells and the fourth most important positively charge ion in the body. While training at such high intensity it is important to be sure to replenish our Magnesium.
Magnesium helps regulate over 325 enzymes that play significant roles in organizing many of our bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. All of which is important in training for a Half Ironman.
Most of us are deficient in magnesium.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Who knew?!
This brings us to Epsom salt. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate.
Sulfates play a role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract.
Epsom Salt Industry Council claims the following benefits:
- Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
- Improved ability for the body to use insulin.
- Flushed toxins, easing muscle pain and helping the body to cut harmful substances.
- Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electric current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to support proper calcium levels in the blood.
- Relieved stress.
- Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
- Improved oxygen use and absorption of nutrients.
- Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and proteins.
All this from a bath? YES!
I been incorporating this as my self-care. Currently I am floating in a sensory deprivation tank. The tank is loaded with 1,400 pounds of epsom salt.
I float in this tank once a month at Healing One. I am feeling the benefits of it in more than just the physical way.
Shut off the world and being in the dark, silent tank gives time for my mind to rest.
It’s a form of mediation at it’s best.
If you haven’t tried this I highly recommend it. The dark, salty tank is a great way to disconnect for an hour and be with your own thoughts, or take a nap on a pillow of salt.
How do you practice self-care? If you are struggling with it, I recommend you contact Health One and schedule your appointment. Or share how you practice self-care in the comments below.