Using Epsom Salts

Are you aware that Epsom salts has astounding health benefits such as de-stressing and detoxifying the whole body? This product is formed from a pure mineral compound containing magnesium and sulfate that can be absorbed through your skin while taking an Epsom salt bath. Both magnesium and sulfate stimulate detoxification pathways in the body.

Besides being beneficial for healing the body, Epsom salts is also useful as household cleaners and can even nourish the garden. That’s a real health bargain when you can buy a product like this at a gardening store and nearly anywhere else. More than 325 enzymes in our body requires magnesium to function properly. It stimulates the nerve and muscle function, limits the inflammation and improves oxygenation and blood flow throughout the body.

I’m sure you’ve heard of people taking Epsom salts baths. But did you know it can also improve cancer patients’ overall wellbeing? Taking Epsom salts daily can help relieve symptoms of illness and also reduce anxiety and irritability to improve sleep patterns.

The body can use sulfates for the optimal health of joints, skin and nervous tissue and can be absorbed through the skin to promote the health of these tissues. The sulfur is what binds to toxins, ensuring their elimination from the body. The detoxification pathway is especially critical in cancer patients who have been overloaded with toxic chemotherapy drugs.

How about reducing that inflammation with Epsom salts? Taking daily baths with Epsom salts can treat gout, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, bruises, sprains and relaxes those sore muscles. If you are pregnant, have exposed cuts or burns on your skin or are severely dehydrated, do not take Epsom salt baths. If you suffer from cardiovascular disease be sure you check with your doctor first to see if it is safe for you.

Take a relaxing bath of about 40 minutes to soak. The first 20 minutes the salts pull toxins out of your body through the skin and the second 20 minutes allows for the absorption of minerals to occur. Recommendations for amounts to use is ½ cup for children under 60 pounds, individuals between 60-100 should use 1 cup, those 100-150 use 1 ½ cups, 150-200 2 cups and those over 200 pounds should use ½ cup for every 50 pound interval range. Ways to make these baths more pleasurable would be to add olive oil (1/2 c. to your water), herbs & spices (cayenne pepper or a piece of ginger can raise your heat levels causing your body to sweat and draw out more toxins), do not use soap, rest easy for at least one hour afterward and add several drops of essential oils that just smell good and that you enjoy.

Epsom salts can also stimulate the gut and help constipation by taking the baths daily. The magnesium salt promotes gastric activity in the intestines, which provides a laxative effect.

After all, who doesn’t like a relaxing warm bath? And just think of the benefits when you add that Epsom salts to the water. This seems like a no-brainer to me.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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