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Soak Your Way To Good Health With Epsom Salts

BY DIONNE LISTER

Today I hope you enjoy this article because it’s going to give you an excuse to take time out from your hectic life. We are advocating having a bath in Epsom salts. Epsom salts are natural minerals that are non-toxic. Scientific studies have proven that Epsom salts are not just a gimmick. I am also going to tell you not to substitute Radox or a similar product for your divine soak as they are likely to have no Epsom salts and will probably contain toxic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate and fragrances.

Epsom salts is the common name for the pure mineral compound Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate. As the word ‘pure’ suggests, there are no added chemicals or toxic substances, which makes Epsom salts the ideal bath additive, unlike many products that are on the market which contain a multitude of toxic and untested ingredients.

Epsom salts contain magnesium and sulfate, two minerals, which are essential for optimum health. Many of us may have levels that are below those recommended by health experts. Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including calcium absorption, heart health, regulating blood sugar levels, nerve function, muscle contraction and protein production within the body. Sulfate is necessary for healthy brain tissue, mucin protein and flushing out toxins.

When you soak in bath infused with two cups of Epsom salts, your body absorbs the magnesium and sulfate. I’m happy to tell you that this has been scientifically proven, so it’s not the false promise we hear from so many companies these days.


There are so many benefits to soaking in this mineral brine because it can:

  • Ease muscle aches and pains
  • Reduce inflammation (great for sprains)
  • Remove splinters
  • Detoxify your body
  • Increase your levels of magnesium and sulfate

For more uses of Epsom salts, including as a face mask, click here.

I do have to say that you can increase levels of magnesium through diet by eating dark green, leafy vegetables, some legumes, nuts and seeds, and unrefined grains (wholegrain bread not white), however in our fast food world many people will not get enough from diet alone (recent figures suggest that approximately 68% of Americans are magnesium deficient).

Epsom salts are particularly beneficial for those with digestive problems such as Chrohn’s disease, where adequate nutrients cannot be absorbed through food digestion. For a more comprehensive food table click here.

Not only have I found that scientific studies prove Epsom salts can be great for you, I have a friend who has an autoimmune disorder who told me that soaking in Epsom salts is the only thing that can ease her aches and pains. So don’t just take the scientists’ word for it, go and get some, put on the music, light a couple of beeswax candles and lock the door because it’s soaking time.

Epsom Salts are available from your local supermarket and chemist.

What do you think?


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