The Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath
Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epson salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath with Epson salt! Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to be helping detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminates.
Researchers and physicals suggest these health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, as listed on the web of Epsom Salt Industry Council:
- Improve heart and circulator health, reducing irregular heart beats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and
lowering blood pressure.
- Improved ability for body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
- Flushed toxins and heavy metals form the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body eliminate harmful substances.
- Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
- Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
- Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
- Improved absorption of nutrients.
- Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
- Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
All this from a bath! Add two cups of Epson salt and soak for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. If you are pregnant, have heart issues, high blood pressure or diabetic concerns check with your doctor before using Epson salts. (Universal College of Reflexology/European Reflexology)
Importance of Magnesium
Most of us know about the importance of iron and calcium for
our bodies, but what about magnesium? It is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination
of harmful toxins.
Most of us are deficient in magnesium, so going with our wise old grannies – soaking in a bath with Epson Salt with is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments.
Our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to the changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted magnesium from soil and the typical American diet contains much less magnesium than our forefathers. In fact, the modern American diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of magnesium from our bodies.
Another factor in decreased magnesium levels has been our focus on getting enough calcium. It is a delicate dance, calcium depletes magnesium yet calcium functions best when enough magnesium is present. Studies indicate that taking a calcium supplement without enough magnesium can increase the shortage of both nutrients. Researchers have found that many have five times as much calcium as magnesium in their bodies, although the proper ratio for optimum absorption of both minerals is two to one.
With widespread magnesium deficiency one might think that magnesium would be called upon, but studies show that magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract. The presence of specific foods or drugs, certain medical conditions, and the chemistry of a person’s stomach acid can render magnesium supplements ineffective. (UniversalCollege of Reflexology/European Reflexology)