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#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 or 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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