I sometimes add Himalayan crystal salts or Epsom salts to my bathwater. I have not thought about possible side effects on blood pressure until just now. I am very sensitive to sodium. Is it possible that some of the salts are absorbed through the skin into the tissue? What, if any, effect might these salts have on fluid retention and, therefore, blood pressure?
Last edited by flowergirl2day; 09-02-2011 at 08:47 PM.
I don't know how true it is but have read not to take hot baths and salt baths (including Epsom salt baths) if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic. I would think a hot bath would possibly lower BP as it tends to relax you..so I'm confused.
Hopefully someone with more knowledge of this can shed more light on the subject.
Hope this helped some...JJ..
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I have never heard of baths salts being a problem for hypertensives. However, there's actually a physiological reason that a warm/hot bath (with or without salts) lowers your blood pressure. Sitting in a hot tub causes your blood vessels to relax (vasodilation) and therefore can lower blood pressure. If you are already on BP meds, the result can often be an even bigger drop in blood pressure and may result in dizziness or even fainting when you stand up.
Blood pressure rises when you get colder because the blood vessels narrow.. (vasoconstriction).. in order to preserve body heat.
Last edited by zuzu8; 09-03-2011 at 01:31 AM.
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Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate while Table Salt is Sodium Chloride, two completely different substances. While Table Salt has been known to raise the blood pressure in various individuals, Epson Salt has been known to lower the blood pressure in various individuals.
Thank you guys! Your help is much appreciated. I have been busy researching other issues and this helps a lot! I can now enjoy a nice long bath without worrying what it may do to my blood pressure, which needs to stay well controlled.
Funny you brought this up, as I was reading something the other day about a new drug that is popping up causing extreme agitation and hypnotic behavior that is called "bath salt". It is so far legal in most countries. Do a google search for "bath salt drug" and see what I mean. Nothing really to do with your post, just an interesting coincidence.