Amazing benefits of Epsom Salts

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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. 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?!

Many of us are deficient in magnesium, but the good news is, soaking in an Epsom Salt bath which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost. 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.
Here is a list from the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council of some suggested health benefits:
• 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.
• Easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances
• Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation
• Relieved stress
• Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
• Improved oxygen use
• Improved absorption of nutrients
• Prevention or easing of migraine headaches
All this from a bath? Hurray!

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