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What Is Epsom Salt and Why Do You Need It?

Epsom salt is a popular natural remedy that has been used for centuries to help with many health issues. In fact, Epsom salt is just magnesium sulfate. This one of the options of integrative medicine which has many physical health benefits. There is no evidence that has confirmed the benefits of magnesium sulfate salts, but many specialists promote it as an “alternative” remedy. 

The history of Epsom salt is very interesting. It was discovered in a British town called Epsom in the 1700s. One man named Henry Wicker accidentally found a source of water which, as it turned out, had amazing properties. People are traveling all over the world to bathe in this magic water which helps with a variety of health problems including skin conditions, various infections, and digestive problems. Later, people found that boiling down the water produced magnesium sulfate salts. So, why is Epsom salt so beneficial and how does it affect health? Let’s figure it out. 

What Are the Benefits of Epsom Salt?  

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in the brain and overall health and is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body including protein synthesis, nervous system regulation, muscle contraction, energy creation, and gene maintenance.  This means magnesium is really important. In fact, a huge amount of people all over the world aren’t getting enough magnesium through their diet. Magnesium is mainly contained in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, avocados, leafy greens, quinoa, nuts, and seeds.

Since Epsom salts are technically a kind of magnesium therapy, the benefits you can get from bathing in a magnesium-rich bath are similar to those you get from taking magnesium supplements. Many people suffer from magnesium deficiency and using Epsom salt instead of a supplement can be therapeutic. Let’s review the six most common reasons why some people use Epsom salts regularly:

1. Epsom salt can improve sleep

Since magnesium is a good muscle relaxant which can relieve spasms and even anxiety, no wonder it can help improve sleep. According to one study, people who were taking a magnesium glycinate supplement had improved insomnia.

2. Epsom salt helps your body detox naturally

Epsom salts are also able to help your body detox naturally and maintain liver health. Magnesium is extremely important for many important pathways in our body, including detoxification pathways. In addition, magnesium is essential for glucuronidation, sulfonation, and glutathione conjugation reactions which are all part of liver detox pathways.

3. Epsom salt is a good pain reliever

Magnesium is frequently used as a remedy to relieve pain including dysmenorrhea and muscle cramps. Moreover, low levels of magnesium in the blood have been associated with migraine headaches.

4. Epsom salt relieves anxiety and stress 

One of the best benefits of Epsom salts is their capacity to help get rid of stress and relieve anxiety. Magnesium is often recommended as one of the best natural remedies for anxiety, while a lack of magnesium can increase unhealthy responses to stress.

5. Epsom salt can heal damaged skin

People often use Epsom salts to heal the skin and treat different skin conditions. According to a study published in 2005, Epsom salts can be effective in treating dry skin, and it can also reduce inflammation and promote hydration.

6. Epsom salt can improve digestion 

Epsom salts can also act as an all-natural laxative. However, doctors don’t recommend to use Epsom salts internally as a laxative. But you can use magnesium citrate, this is one of the best doctor-recommended forms of magnesium for constipation, along with magnesium oxide.

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