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Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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 over 325 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 I’m going to put on my wise-granny hat on here and tell you this: soaking in a bath with Epsom salt, which 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. Who knew?!

Our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted magnesium from soil and the typical American diet contains much less magnesium than that of our forefathers. And 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.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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6:19AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Treasure what we've got from the nature

10:09PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

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5:04AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Very informative

12:41PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

My friend was having problems with depression, and once she started soaking in an epsom salt bath twice a week, it did wonders. Magnesium does so much in your body!

2:40AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

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4:27PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Unfortunately my bathtub is too small for bathes. I do however soak my my feet in epsom salts.

8:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

I think many people don't take the time to soak in a bath anymore. They feel to rushed for time. Thank you for sharing.

11:51PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you :)

11:51PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you :)

11:51PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you :)

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