For a few years now we have been a big proponent of epsom salt baths. We began doing them when I was pregnant with Hannah (#4) over 3 years ago. I was having some swelling and high blood pressure and my midwife suggested epsom salt. Really? Is it that simple? I don’t need a pill or a drug or something? Go figure. So, 2 cups of epsom salt in the warm bath and in you go. You need to stay in the tub a min. of 20 min. to get the most results. I thought I would explain what epsom salt is and why it is good for us. As for the green juice, it is also healthy and delicious and is great to drink in your epsom salt bath, so I thought I would combine the two.
What is epsom salt? Well, first off, it is NOT salt. It is magnesium-sulfate. About 70% of us are magnesium-sulfate deficient.
Why are we magnesium-sulfate deficient you ask? That is a GREAT question!
- Depleted soil. What does that mean? It means that industrial agriculture “farmers” are depleting our soil of nutrients. Instead of fertilizing with organic, rich compost, they treat the soil with synthetic fertilizers…ie poison. When you use fertilizers that destroys the natural order of the soil and it’s surroundings. If there isn’t magnesium-sulfate (or other nutrients) in the soil, it isn’t in our food.
- Water supply. Modern water treatments have not only taken the bad stuff out of water, it also takes most if not all of the good nutrients out of the water.
- Too much calcium. If you eat (or take) too much calcium,you can hinder the absorption of magnesium-sulfate. You can actually increase the shortage of both nutrients.
Here is what epsom salt can do for you (and your health!):
- It can help prevent or ease migraine headaches
- Improve your absorption of nutrients.
- Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and/or muscle cramps.
- Relieves stress! Magnesium is a natural stress reliever. Stress can drain it from your body.
- Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation.
- Flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
- Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
- Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. (It REALLY works!! Tried and true!!)
Moving onto the green juice deliciousness!
During my pregnancies my body (towards the end of pregnancy) decides that my BP should go up, I’m going to swell (at least a little, but sometimes a LOT!) and my back tends to get cranky (sciatic nerve issues and this pregnancy, symphsis pubis dysfunction). Again, my wonderful midwife a few years ago introduced me to juicing. I was like, “WTH is juicing?” But, ok, I will try. We got a juicer and Micah (my wonderful hubby) took over.
Things great for high blood pressure and swelling (and overall general GREAT health!!)
- Beets (and their greens) are sweet tasting vegetables that are related to spinach. They are rich in many nutrients including nitrates, which can significantly help to reduce high blood pressure.
- Pomegranate juice. An ounce of pomegranate juice contains 67 mg of potassium. According to the American Heart Association, potassium helps control high blood pressure because it minimizes the effects of sodium. Your body uses potassium to regulate the heart. As an electrolyte, potassium is also responsible for helping conduct electricity throughout your body.
- Spinach. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-cataracts, good for complexion, promotes healing, protects from Macular Degeneration, reduces risk of cancer wonder veggie. Eat it, juice it, love it.
- Kale. Same as spinach. Also, remember lettuces in general need to be organic… they are on the “dirty dozen” list.
- Cucumbers. Cucumber juice is often used in cleansing the body and can help to lower blood pressure, strengthen connective tissues, dissolve kidney stones and alleviate arthritis. Juice organic cucumbers that are dark green and firm to the touch. Juice one or more whole cucumbers and drink that on its own, or mix it with other fruits and vegetables.
- Micah also puts an apple and/or a couple of carrots in for flavor and extra goodness.
We juice every day and believe it or not, my kids LOVE this juice (even though it is green and frothy). They ask for it every day. We give them some whenever they ask. They love it and it is GREAT for them and me. Enjoy and drink up!