We all know the feeling. You had a great workout at the gym or you just got home from an amazing game of tennis or squash. The high of the exercise is starting to wear off and the aches and pains you collected through the workout or game are beginning to make themselves known. But hey, you are a guy and real guys don’t complain about pain. They grin and bear it. But the other thing that real men do is they solve problems instead of letting them continue. So, instead of just taking that muscle pain, why not try a soothing bath with some bath salts in it to help relieve the aches? The women have known this secret for centuries and even if they aren’t telling you, we are. Those little salts are great at getting to the bottom of those muscle aches, and that is the bottom line. So why do they work so well?
It Starts with Some Chemistry
No, not the kind that will give you that good all over feeling, though it can lead to it. Bath salts work to relieve the aches and pains of sore muscles because of the minerals they release into the water. Most of the bath salts you can buy have some form of magnesium sulfate, which is an anti-inflammatory. This means that it helps those inflamed sore muscles to calm down by flushing out toxins and reducing swelling. This is the primary way that salts can help to reduce aches when you bathe in them. But it isn’t the only thing going on when you soak in a bath filled with bath salts.
Softening the Hardness of Water
While we may not think of water as something that is hard, when it has the wrong kind of minerals in it then water can be messy to bathe in. This is because the calcium and magnesium in the water interacts with the soap we use, making a mess. It also leaves a scum around the bathtub, called a bathtub ring. What you may not have realised is that the same scum layer is left on our skin if water is hard. The salts in bath salts counteracts this and is the reason a bath with bath salts can feel so good.
Just Relax – You Are Still a Man
So many guys worry that they are losing their man credentials if they do something like use bath salts to relieve their aches and pains after a hard workout or game. But the truth of the matter is, even professional athletes use various salts in water to take care of the damage caused when we work our muscles too hard. If you want to be better at the gym or excel at that sport, your body needs to heal. So stop with the visions of someone catching you in the bath with Epson salts or mineral baths. Everyone from big tough football players to tennis athletes have used these as their secret weapon to staying in the game even when they have pushed their muscles beyond the limits. You don’t have to buy the feminine ones with vanilla and lavender, though your girlfriend might like them enough to come join you. Come to think of it, that just might be reason enough to give them a go!