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    Can swimming/bathing in salt water potentially have pro metabolic effects?

    I think I remember Matt mentioning it in the FAQ section of Eat for heat.

    Since beginning ‘eat for heat’ I have had this crazy urge to go swimming in the bay. The sun was out the other day and I could t help it any longer so I went in. I didn’t notice any pro metabolic effects but I did notice brain freeze and shrivelled balls. I find the cold water thermogenisis thing quite addictive. Perhaps it stimulates the adrenals?

    Anyway, what ya think about salt water? add it to baths? etc?


    I had some mercury fillings taken out several years ago, and the doc recommended an epsom salt bath every night for three months with water as warm as I could stand.

    It absolutely knocked me out, and my sleep was amazing. I remember more than once, dragging myself to bed with my bath towel around my waist, and falling asleep on top of my covers with the towel still there.

    I don’t know if there’s something detoxifying about it, or pro-metabolic, or something. But I sure did enjoy my salt baths.


    The English were big on salt water bathing as a restorative. Many English novels of the 18th and 19th centuries contain references to people going to Bath to take the waters. They felt it helped many conditions, both physical and mental. They would treat gout, postpartum problems, weakness and numerous vague complaints this way. Later, the focus shifted to mineral springs, especially in Germany, for those who could afford it. Though I doubt bathing cured many of their ailments, it apparently helped. I’m sure it would not have remained as popular as it did for so long if it didn’t have any effect. Having said that, the rest they got, coupled with a respite from day-to-day stressors also played a big part in the beneficial results.

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