One question we receive often from our clients is “what is this bag of white stuff?!” When they
find out it is baking soda the understandable next question is always “what is the difference
between a baking soda and Epsom salts?”
Baking soda –or sodium bicarbonate - is a great remedy for everything from sunburn and itchy
skin to teeth whitening. A lesser known fact is that taking a bath with baking soda can also help
you after a tough workout, massage or when your just feeling sludgy during the flu season.
Baking soda is very alkaline or basic which makes it able to bind to the so called “sludge” and
remove it from your body. After a particularly demanding cross fiber session, 8 cups of baking
soda in a hot bath can help to detoxify your body by flushing out the released toxins through
Epsom salt isn’t really a salt at all but instead a mineral compound called magnesium sulfate.
Epsom salt is great for chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia, soothing inflammation from
ingrown toenails and relieving bruised and aching muscles. This pain relief comes from your
skin absorbing the magnesium naturally founds in Epsom salt.
Many combinations of these two detoxifying ingredients can be helpful. Some people mix
them together or supplement the soak with essential oils or apple cider vinegar for additional
detox benefits. As always, be mindful of the potential health risks associated with any
treatment. Do not use baking soda or Epsom salts without consulting your doctor if you are
pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart problems or are on any prescription medication.
If you have gotten the go ahead from your doctor, enjoy a nice long soak and reap the benefits
of a detox soak to stay Active for Life!