For centuries, Epsom salts have been employed by many cultures. In addition to possessing a variety of beneficial properties which are useful for gardening and household cleaning, they are also suitable for detoxifying the body. This is particularly valuable because of how inexpensive Epsom salts are, and how they can easily be purchased in bulk from virtually anywhere in the country. As will be explained, making use of Epsom salt baths proves to be an effective detoxification strategy that has many notable health benefits. But, how does Epsom salt work?
Epsom salts get their name from a bitter saline spring found at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom is distinguished from conventional salts by being a naturally occurring mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals possess powerful health benefits that can boost the detoxification capabilities of the body.
How Does Epsom Salt Work?
Every day the skin absorbs minerals and eliminates toxins. The skin is an incredibly porous membrane, and this is no less the case when it comes to magnesium and sulfate. Under the right conditions, these minerals become absorbed into the skin and then filtered into the body’s blood. In order to create the right conditions, using a mineral base such as Epsom salts in bathwater can be used to allow for a process called reverse osmosis. This activity works by pulling salt and harmful toxins out of the body; and, in turn, allows magnesium and sulfates to enter the body.
Magnesium plays an integral role in over 325 enzymes. It assists in approving muscle and nerve function, and works to reduce inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates, on the other hand, are a vital component of healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Essentially, Epsom salts work to replenish your magnesium and sulfate levels. In combination, they work to flush toxins out of the body and to build basic protein molecules in the joints and the brain tissue.
Studies have shown that regular use of Epsom salt baths improves the healing of many health conditions such as athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, sprains, gout, bruises, and muscle soreness. It’s also beneficial for those dealing with chronic diseases or suffering from chronic pain to regularly take Epsom salt baths for the purposes of detoxification and dealing with inflammation, and improving the balance of sulfur and minerals in the body.
Do not take Epsom baths if you are dehydrated, have open wounds or burns on your skin, or are pregnant. Those suffering from cardiovascular disease should always consult with a physician who understands the health benefits of Epsom salt baths.
How much Epsom Salt in a Bath?
The first step is to secure 40 minutes out of your day for your bath. Around 20 minutes is required to remove toxins, and another 20 for your body to absorb the minerals in the water. Fill your tub with warm water, and be sure your house has a water filter in order to avoid bathing in tap water that often has toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals. Next, add in the Epson salts in the following amounts, as proportioned to a standard-size bath:
- For children under 60 lbs.: Add ½ cup of salts
- For those between 60-100 lbs.: Add 1 cup of salts
- For those between 100-150 lbs.: Add 1 ½ cup of salts
- For those between 150-200 lbs.: Add 2 cups of salts
- For those above 201 lbs.: Add an additional ½ cup of salts
More Strategies for Use with Epsom Salt Baths
Adding a half cup of olive oil is great for the skin, as the polyphenols soak in and provide additional antioxidant benefits. Putting in ginger or cayenne can up the level of heat, which will help you to sweat out toxins. Anywhere from 1 tbsp to ½ cup can be added to a bath to stimulate sweating. These ingredients are filled with antioxidants that will augment the detoxification process.
One thing to keep in mind is to avoid using soap with an Epsom salt bath. Soap will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process. Also, after your bath, try to rest for an hour or two, except if you have arthritic joints, as, in that case, you’ll want to stay active as much as you can in order to prevent possible congestion in the joints.
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