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Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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Another factor in decreased magnesium levels has been our focus on getting enough calcium. It’s 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 Americans 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 such widespread magnesium deficiency one might think that magnesium supplements 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.

This brings us to Epsom salt. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, studies show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom 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 help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants.

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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

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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!

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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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