3 Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

3 Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

It’s fantastic to stay fit and active and challenge your body to reach new limits, but sometimes you experience sore muscles a day or two after a vigorous yoga practice or other exercise. Before you reach for that bottle of Acetaminophen, try these 3 natural ways to soothe your sore muscles:

1.  Epsom Salt Bath: Epsom Salts contain Magnesium and Sulfate.  Magnesium reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve function and even prevents artery hardening.  Sulfates flush toxins and help improve the absorption of nutrients. Pour 2 CUPS (don’t skimp!) of Epsom Salts into a hot bath. Soak for at least 10 minutes for optimum results. Aromatherapy boost: add your favorite essential oil. I like lavender if I’m relaxing or getting ready to sleep, or eucalyptus if I’m looking to energize.

2.  Eat snacks or a meal that contains Magnesium, a natural muscle relaxer. Nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, dark leafy greens, avocados, and yogurt are foods high in Magnesium.

3.  Ginger and/or Tumeric: both reduce inflammation (as well as provide gastrointestinal benefit and anti-cancer properties). Both can be found in capsule form at your health store, or you can look up recipes that highlight these amazing roots.

*Both ginger and turmeric are generally considered safe and without negative side effects, but each could interact with certain prescription medications. Make sure to discuss their use with your doctor or homeopath before deciding if one or both might be useful for you.

Kelli Russell
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