Epsom salt is not actually a salt but it’s naturally occurring pure mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium. This bitter saline is found at Epsom in Surrey, England and known for its many health benefits. According to studies, magnesium is good for regulating over 325 enzyme activities in your body, while reducing inflammation and preventing hardening of arteries. Sulfate, on the other hand, is beneficial in improving absorption of nutrients and flushing out toxins from your body.
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What are the health benefits of using Epsom salt?
The benefits of Epsom salt are known for hundreds of years, as it can soother your mind, body, and soul. It is known for curing various skin problems, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, soothing back pain and other aching limbs, easing out, and flushing toxins from the body. You can even ease stress using Epsom salt by soaking your body in a hot water tub with a few cups of Epsom salt in it.
Other notable benefits of Epsom salt are:
Relaxes the body
Epsom salt, when dissolved in warm water, can easily absorb into your skin and replenish the levels of magnesium in your body. It further helps in producing serotonin, which is mood-enhancing chemical in the brain, for elevating feeling of relaxation and calmness. Magnesium is also known to increase energy and stamina of body by enhancing production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets within body cells. According to experts, if you bathe with Epsom salt at least three times a week, you’ll start looking better and feel more energized.
Relieves pain and muscle cramps
An Epsom salt bath is even good for relieving inflammation and easing out the pain. It is beneficial in the treatment of migraine headaches, sore muscles, and bronchial asthma. Besides that, it is also good to heal cuts, as well as reduce soreness from childbirth. You can mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to the affected area for the soothing result. You can even soak your tired, aching and smelly feet in a tub of water with half cup of Epsom salt to neutralize foot odor and relieve the tiredness.
Helps muscles and nerves function properly
As per certain studies, Epsom salt is known to regulate electrolytes in your body. This further ensures that your body’s muscles, nerves, and enzymes are functioning properly. Magnesium also utilizes calcium properly in your body and further serves as the main conductor of electric impulses in the body.
Prevents hardening of arteries and blood clots
Epsom salt is also known for improving heart health. It helps in preventing heart diseases and strokes by improving blood circulation, preventing blood clots, protecting elasticity of arteries, and reducing risks of heart attacks.
Do you know Epsom salt can be used to treat constipation? Yes, when consumed, Epson salt cleanses the colon and acts as a laxative to increase the water level in the intestines while bringing temporary relief from constipation. However, it is strictly warned that you should not use Epsom salts to relieve constipation without consulting your doctor.
Eliminates toxins from the body
The sulfates in Epsom salt are perfect to flush out toxins and other heavy metals from the cells within your body. It further eases muscle pain and helps in eliminating harmful substances in your body. Your skin is a highly porous membrane - on adding right minerals to your bathwater, you can trigger reverse osmosis process to get rid of harmful toxins and salts from your body. For such detoxifying bath, you need to add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes. This can be done weekly for better results.