Epsom Salts – Magnesium Sulphate (sulfate)
Why we ALL need Epsom Salts in our bath!
The float room contains about 400kg of epsom salts. However, you can also get the benefits of it by putting about a tea cup of it, in your bath!
Both magnesium and sulphate, struggle to get in to the body via the gut wall but are absorbed readily through the skin
Magnesium is life.
It is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, right next to sulfur (which is JUST as important).
Magnesium is a cofactor in over three hundred reactions in the body, necessary for transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulations, detoxification in the liver, and formation of bones and teeth. However, magnesium shows its true power in cardiovascular health. The Weston A. Price foundation writes, “Magnesium alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking durgs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec) (Pelton, 2001)
Technically, as soon as we become deficient, we slowly begin to die, getting more aches and pains day by day, feeling worse year after year. I can’t stress it enough… signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere, if you just look.
Anything that makes you tense and tight could potentially be due to magnesium deficiency. If you can’t relax or you can’t stop — think magnesium! Full-blown health problems can even be tied back to this crucial mineral. Most people with ANY chronic disease or issue benefit greatly from magnesium supplementation therapy. This is because chronic illness = stress, and stress depletes magnesium.
The following are conditions that are likely to have magnesium deficiency as a part of the puzzle:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart Palpitations
- Osteoporosis (yes, magnesium is more important than calcium for bone health!)
- Sudden Death in patients with Congestive Heart Failure
- Kidney Stones
Nearly EVERYONE has signs of magnesium deficiency but we don’t realize it…
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Behavioral disturbances
- Impaired memory/thinking
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle cramps
- Chronic back pain
- Muscular pain
- Brain fog
- Anxiety disorders such as OCD
Sulfates also play a key role in the body’s functions.
Below is a list from the University of Birmingham’s (UK) research into sulphate and the body’s function,
- Sulfate is essential for many biological processes.
- Sulfate is needed for formation of proteins in joints; low levels of sulfate are found in plasma and synovial fluid from patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Sulfate is needed to start the cascade of digestive enzymes released from the pancreas. Without proteases, lipases and amylases, food is not digested efficiently.
- Sulfate is essential in forming the mucin proteins which line the gut walls. These have 2 main functions- they stop the gut contents from ‘sticking’ and they block transport of toxins from the gut to the bloodstream. Low plasma sulfate has been found in patients with irritable bowel disease.
- Sulfate is necessary for formation of brain tissue. Before birth, the functional units of the brain, ‘neurons’, are laid down on a scaffolding network of sulfated carbohydrate chains. Reduced sulfation can lead to faulty neuronal connections and later dysfunction.
- Sulfation is a major pathway in detoxifying drugs and environmental contaminants.
- Sulfate is not easily absorbed across the gut wall. Recent research has shown that it can be absorbed across the skin.