You can't accuse Heather Moyse of not being resourceful.
Armed with a desire to take her regular baths, but faced with the tubless realities of the Olympic village in Sochi, the Canadian bobsledder instead filled up a wheelie bin with hot water and Epsom salt before hopping in.
Moyse tweeted out a picture of her in the middle of getting her Oscar the Grouch on, attracting plenty of attention from Canadian media.
We have to say this is the first bath we've ever seen anyone take while wearing clothes and a stocking cap, but perhaps that's how they do things in the frozen wastelands of Canada. Who are we to judge?
— Heather Moyse (@HeatherMoyse) February 16, 2014
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Anyway, you might be asking: What exactly is an Epsom salt bath and why did Moyse want one?
Many athletes use Epsom salt as a natural remedy to help their bodies recover faster. Epsom salt is made up of naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes. It helps to flush toxins and form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
Doctors and researchers say that soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a safe, easy way to increase the body's levels of both magnesium and sulfate.
According to a Toronto Sun poll, only 19.91 percent of voters say they wouldn't take a bath in a garbage can. That's compared with 35.91 percent who say yes, they would take a bath in a garbage can and 44.18 percent who say it "depends how clean it is."
So there's, uh, that. By any means necessary when you're going for gold, we suppose. After all, Moyse did bring home gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, so we'll have to trust her judgement.
- Heather Moyse
- Epsom salt