Epsom salt is a form of magnesium, known as magnesium sulphate.
Humanity reaped the health benefits of Epsom salts since the 17th century. English people named this powerful substance with the town it was first found. It is also known as Epsomite in England.
The scientific name for this natural substance is magnesium sulphate heptahydrate. For those scientific minds, the formula is MgSO47(H2O). Let's beware that the terms "sulfate" and "sulphate" are used interchangeably in the literature. Both terms refer to the same thing.
I want to share my personal experience especially improving my immunity, muscle health, and stress reduction. Discovering the use of Epsom salts to use in my baths made a positive difference in my physical sensations. Epsom salts helped relax my muscles, especially after a workout or a stressful situation.
Adding a few cups of Epsom salts to warm bath water can yield in several benefits. The main benefit I experienced was reducing muscle pain substantially. Having a bath with Epsom salts also helped me improve my sleep quality by reducing stress.
Magnesium is critical in our lives because our bodies use it for over 300 metabolic and biochemical processes. Deficiency in magnesium can cause complications and trigger a strong stress response.
Nutritionists assert that leafy green vegetables are a good source of magnesium, but due to current soil conditions, having enough magnesium from plants deemed to be questionable.
By considering the nutritional concerns and it's criticality for our health especially for immunity, the best option for me was to supplement magnesium. However, the problem with magnesium supplementation is our bodies can tolerate only a minimal amount via the digestive system.
Magnesium in tablet or powder format, usually more than 600 mg, may cause diarrhea. To supplement magnesium in an oral form, I only take 400 mg before going to bed so that I don't have any digestive problem.
The reason I take before bed is it helps me sleep better. Based on a review of the literature on magnesium, I believed that my body needed more magnesium to perform better.
In this case, my investigation was on how to consume magnesium optimally using other methods. I found out that the best option for an adequate amount of magnesium without digestive discomfort was taking magnesium via the skin.
Skin intake of magnesium is where the magic of Epsom salts play a crucial role. By using this ingredient in our bath or using as a spray or cream, we can meet our daily magnesium requirements.
Having an Epsom salts bath can be enjoyable for kids. One of my neighbors has several hyperactive kids who don't want to go to bed on time. After I introduced the kids of having a bath with Epsom salts, they stopped resisting to go to bed.
As a by-product, I also use Epsom salts to wash my clothes. Many people are using it. You can find several cleaning recipes on the Internet.
Apart from peace of mind for getting my minimum amount of magnesium daily, I also experience several noticeable benefits.
Having a bath with Epsom salts in an hour before going to bed or applying Epsom salt cream or spraying water Epsom saltwater provided distinctive benefits to me.
I felt relaxed and a great sense of peace with reduced muscle soreness after exercise. My recovery time shortened. Quality of sleep dramatically increased.
Epsom salts are also affordable. For example, a kilo cost less than $10, and you can find them from grocery stores, pharmacists, and online shops.
One precaution I take related to overall magnesium consumption is the rare case of severe hypermagnesemia. It's relatively safe to ingest magnesium via the skin; however, ingesting magnesium orally in large amounts may cause this complicated health situation. The usual culprit for hypermagnesemia is considered to be kidney failure. 2.6 mg/dL or above amount of magnesium in the bloodstream is considered as hypermagnesemia.
Overdose of magnesium is a rare case, but deficiency is widespread. Nowadays, functional medicine doctors first check about magnesium deficiency. Addressing shortfall can reduce many symptoms.
As confirmed by NIH:
"Magnesium is a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation".
My personal testimonial on this magical substance for my immunity is that since I started the regime of using Epsom salts in different ways, I had no flu or cold symptoms over many years.
Due to the mentioned benefits of Epsom salts manifested in my life, I not only keep it at home but also carry the spray and cream forms in my emergency bag as my essential immune boosting and stress management tool.
Thank you for reading my perspectives.
Simple & Powerful Life-Transforming Bio-Hacks by Dr Mehmet Yildiz
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