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Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

Researchers and physicians suggest these health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, as listed on the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to 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 oxygen use.
  • 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? Hurray! While there are many different brands of Epsom salt, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores. Add two cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 12 minutes. Do this three times weekly.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.

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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

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