Epsom Salts

Epsom saltsEpsom Salts a.k.a Magnesium Sulphate - The relaxation mineral 
 
Epsom Salts first became widely acclaimed for their apparent medicinal qualities in the 1600s.  Epsom Salts are named after Epsom in Surrey, which was one of the popular early locations that were promoted as spas, where people would drink the Salt water for it's purgative powers.  
 
Hundreds of years later, after many years of experience and research Epsom salts are still regularly recommended by therapists, particularly for use as a bath soak, to help with relaxation and to support the nervous system through stress.   
 
The main active ingredient in Epsom Salts is magnesium sulphate.  Magnesium is required by the body for over 300 enzyme processes, it helps to relax muscles, and provides much needed support for the adrenal glands, especially in times of stress.   
An insufficiency of magnesium may be indicated in behavioural disturbances, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, muscle spasms and cramps, hardened artery walls and hyperglycaemia to name just a few.  
 
Magnesium is used up quickly by the body during times of stress and it is no secret that the modern society creates an environment of chronic stress for many people, both mentally and physically, resulting in lowered levels in the body.  That is perhaps why Epsom Bath salts are becoming so widely talked about again and are in high demand.  
 
Magnesium can be obtained from the diet in dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, soybeans, dark chocolate and avocados for example.  However it can be hard for us to obtain the recommended levels of magnesium from our diet, partly due to increased requirements but also because soil mineral levels have been depleted due to years of intensive farming methods, as well as the fact many people do not consume the optimal amounts of green leafy vegetables.  
 
So why is it beneficial to take magnesium in the form of bath salts?  Magnesium can be obtained from supplements, although absorption and potency levels can vary.  Magnesium is very well absorbed through the skin, and when using as a bath salt, you get the added benefits of skin nourishment, and of setting aside some time for yourself to relax which is another vital part of stress management.  If you are unable to take regular baths, Epsom salts can also be effective in foot baths.  
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