I love the benefits from my regular Epsom salts baths, and I felt I should share. Epsom salts are actually not salts, but are a combination of magnesium and sulfate. They get their name from a saline spring in Epsom in Surrey, England.
Magnesium works on at least 300 different enzymatic processes in the body. It is easily absorbed through the skin. It is known to decrease stress by increasing serotonin levels and decreasing adrenaline levels. Serotonin relaxes and calms, while adrenaline is involved in fight-or-flight.
Stress depletes magnesium levels, so it is thought that over 1/2 of Americans are deficient. Magnesium can be helpful for muscle aches, PMS, migraine headaches, injuries, decreasing inflammation, skin exfoliation, and more. Sulfate helps to increase the absorption of magnesium, reduce pain, especially headache pain, and flush toxins from the system.
Epsom salts baths can help to relax your muscles, draw toxins from your body, decrease swelling, and help you have very soft skin. They may even give your hair more body and shine.
I also find that Epsom salts baths are spiritually cleansing. They help to clear your aura and raise your spiritual vibration. After a bath with Epsom salts, I feel revived, energetic, and much more mentally clear.
Best of all, using Epsom salts is inexpensive and accessible. You can find them in any pharmacy or grocery and they run between $4-10, depending on the amount you purchase. Simply add 2 heaping cups to your warm bath and experience them for yourself. For best results, submerge yourself as completely as possible several times during your bath.
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This year and especially this week have been a lot….a whole lot.
It’s a great time to take a few moments and consider how your energy is doing with all of it.
Are you exhausted?
While we don’t have control over what’s happening in the world, we DO have control of how we react and how we engage.
When we’re grounded and aware, we don’t engage as much and we don’t have as strong of reactions.
When we let ourselves get too engrossed, we feel all the effects and our energy systems get overloaded and burned out.
Here are 4 tips for protecting your energy during stressful times:
Take social media off of your phone and log-out when you’re done. This will force you to go to a larger device to engage and you’ll have to consciously log-in to get access. When you see the log-in page, you can be sure you’re not simply on auto pilot and ensure you do in fact want to log-in.
Before you turn on the news or engage in social media, stop and check in with where you are energetically. Are you feeling strong and ready to read all the stuff? Are you engaging because you really want to engage or because you’re bored or lonely? Is there something else that might give you something to occupy your time or provide you with a little companionship?
Turn it all off before you get reactive. I can take about 5 minutes of social media or news right now. As soon as I find myself feeling any emotion I don’t want to feel, I turn it off. It’s not worth it! I can always check back in an hour or so and see if there’s any new news. Most of the time, there’s not.
Unfollow or unfriend people who upset you. I know we must be discussing the issues of our times and I also feel strongly that social media posts are not the productive place to do so. You DO NOT have to stay friends with people on social media for any reason. It’s your space and you can let whomever you want into it. I won’t tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or anything else I believe strongly against to be on my page. I also will not tolerate any sarcastic remarks made on my posts. I don’t have to and you don’t either!
More than energy, we must protect our precious energy and make sure we keep what we need available for us! These are some of the things I do to make sure I can show up for all of you.
What other things do you do?
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Welcome to this week’s topic about finding the best health care plan to support your desire for integrative care.
There are 5 main things you’ll want to keep in mind if you have the option to switch health insurance plans during this open enrollment period from November 1-December 15:
First: Are Your Preferred Providers Covered In-Network?
Check to see that the providers you actually want to work with are covered by your plan.
When you are given the list of possible plans either by your own search, the marketplace, or your agent, be sure to search for each provider you want to see in the provider directory.
Don’t forget to look for your alternative care providers, such as your chiropractor, acupuncturist, and massage therapist.
I did a live video about this on my Wellness Wednesdays Facebook Live. Click here to watch it.
Second: What Labs Are Covered?
Look into what lab tests are covered by your insurance. Usually this is a very small amount of labs, like cholesterol and blood sugar.
Find out which laboratory companies are the preferred options for each plan. Do these work well with your primary and specialty care providers?
Are you interested in getting specialty testing like a food sensitivity panel? Does the insurance plan you’re considering work well with specialty testing companies?
Third: Are “Alternative” Treatments like Chiropractic or Acupuncture Covered?
Many plans offer a certain number of these types of visits. How about the one you’re considering?
What is your co-pay for these services?
Is the plan more expensive every month because it offers these services? Would there be less cost to you if you paid out of pocket versus paying extra for this coverage?
Fourth: What Medical Care Do You Foresee Needing Next Year?
Will you simply be using your insurance for your wellness checks or do you know you need an expensive procedure?
If you’ll be seeing your primary care provider only once or twice to get your annual exams and screenings and don’t plan on much else, a high deductible plan might make sense.
This could free up cash-flow for specialty care and testing.
But, if you know you need a surgery or something else with a higher cost, it might make more sense to pay a higher monthly fee with a lower deductible.
Fifth: Could Working With an Agent Alleviate Stress For You?
A few years ago, I found an amazing agent to help me navigate the healthcare maze. She’s been particularly helpful with options for my small business.
Having an agent is great for objective advice and to make sure you know all your options.
A good agent will present you with the very best options for you and you don’t pay them anything.
If you want to get in touch with my agent, she is Rachelle Thayer of Northwest Strategic Insurance Advisors.
What other questions do you have? Comment below and let me know and share this post with friends who might also need this information.