#TuesdayTidbit - Using Magnesium Sulfate

In the past, I've tried Ice Baths, and although they did help, I found them too uncomfortable that I didn't do them often.

Instead, I turned to Magnesium Sulfate soaks instead (A Soak Will Do You Good). I've been experimenting with using Epsom Salt with Aveeno Stress relief bubble bath. I like to mix the two as I enjoy both the scent and the bubbles.

But, what I didn't realize is that Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is actually absorbed into your skin. But wait - that's a good thing! Did you know
that you could be deficient in magnesium? I forgot which magazine I was reading (I think it was Dr. Oz), but I read that many of us are deficient in magnesium. Some symptoms include: muscle cramps, nausea, anxiety, high blood pressure, fatigue, Type II diabetes, dizziness, memory issues and confusion. (for more info, check out http://naturalsociety.com/16-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-signs-low-levels or http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/symptoms-signs/#list) Also, depression can also be linked with magnesium deficiencies.

And I saw several articles where magnesium sulfate can help regulate blood sugar. Yep, a regular soak can help regulate insulin. For a pdf of a study, click here.

No wonder I have been feeling so much better after my mineral bath soaks! I honestly thought it was just because I was getting a few minutes to relax. (I'm sure that was an added bonus!) But the reality is, it's actually healthy and helping to replenish minerals that I may very well be lacking. (Of course I am not a doctor, and I'm not suggesting that everyone should use magnesium sulfate, or that it will cure any illness. I'm just using my personal experience and know that by soaking several times a week I have personally noticed a difference in my mental state as well as muscle cramps.)

After doing a little research and reading how beneficial Magnesium Sulfate can be, I will definitely continue my soaks! (oh, and yeah that's a 19.75lb bag of magnesium sulfate. I decided to buy a bulk bag since I am using several cups a week)

What about you, do you use Epsom Salt?

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  1. I've not used Epsom Salts but I've heard great things about it. I'll try it when marathon training fires up.

    1. I honestly thought it was just getting a few minutes alone ha ha... I guess now I know that it was actually the magnesium sulfate helping also :)

  2. Oh, now this makes sense. I was wondering why everyone was swearing by Epsom Salt soaks, but now I see why. How long do you soak for?


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